New Ramsay-McCormack redevelopment in Ensley moving forward

Artist rendering of the redeveloped Ramsay-McCormack Building (City of Birmingham)

The long awaited redevelopment of the former Ramsay-McCormack site in downtown Ensley is moving forward.


Williams Blackstock’s Jeremy Cutts addressing the Design Review Committee on April 26, 2023 on the Ramsay-McCormack building redevelopment (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

In a unanimous vote, the City of Birmingham Design Review Committee approved the construction plans for a new five-story, 30,000-square-foot commercial office building at 508 19th Street

“This is a great step forward for the neighborhood of Ensley and for the city of Birmingham,” Richard Mauk, chair of the Birmingham Design Review Committee told Bham Now after the meeting. “We believe this is going to breathe new life into the city and I applaud the administration for helping push this through.”

Demolition of Ramsay-McCormack

Three years ago, in the midst of the pandemic, the historic 10- story Ramsay-McCormack building was slated for demolition. Work to tear down the building began in October 2020 and lasted till the summer of 2021. Today, the footprint of the building awaits construction.

“This is a step that gets us closer towards vertical construction for the project, so we’re very pleased that the design review committee has approved us to move to the next step,” said Llevelyn Rhone, Project Manager for Ensley District Developers. “We are moving towards permitting. Once permitting is completed, then we will actually move into construction.”

Construction Possibly by End of Year

Depending on the speed of the permitting, Rhone said they hope to start construction by the end of the year, if not sooner.

“The project, overall, started before there was a pandemic which clearly impacted it,” added Rhone. “In addition to that, we’ve run into some engineering challenges, which we’ve resolved. As was mentioned during this design review, the new building will sit on the newly created platform of the old building.”

There has been strong interest with a number of potential tenants, according to Rhone.

“We’re very happy to be a part of the changing landscape of Ensley.”

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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