City Council approves plan to bring new townhomes, lofts, El Barrio & Paramount to West Homewood

Renderings of the West Homewood development plan. The screenshot was taken from the Homewood City Council meeting on 4/24/23

The Homewood City Council approved plans Monday to replace the Econo Lodge hotel (195 Oxmoor Rd) in West Homewood with townhouses, loft and two popular restaurants. 

Creating a Close-Knit Community

IMG 2197 City Council approves plan to bring new townhomes, lofts, El Barrio & Paramount to West Homewood
Homewood sign. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

“This kind of project is the reason I ran for city council,” said Homewood City Councilor Carlos Alemán before the Council approved the development plan.

“The opportunity to revitalize our area, to think about our children, to think about what it means to create a community that is close knit and supports one another through economic projects, residential projects — that lifts up West Homewood.”

The Details

Developer Tom Walker at Village Creek Development outlined the plan during his presentation to the council.

Here are the details:

  • 48 townhouses for rent — 3-bed/2.5-bath
  • 3 townhouses for rent— 2-bed/2.5-bath
  • 18 loft apartments for rent — 2-bed/2-bath l
  • 2 restaurants — El Barrio and Paramount (as reported by Bham Now last February)


Before the council voted, a public hearing was held. A number of residents expressed support for the plan and the future demolition of the Econo Lodge hotel which had been the source of numerous incidents of crime according to the speakers. 

Here is a video of the April 24, 2023 Homewood City Council meeting.

Along with townhouses, lofts and restaurants, the development will be pedestrian friendly incorporating sidewalks and green space.

The architect for the project is Poole & Company.

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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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