$580K renovation project for downtown Birmingham’s Taylor Building

Aren’t old buildings like this just gorgeous? I think so. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

One of the oldest buildings in downtown Birmingham’s Historic Theatre and Retail District is getting a facelift. Owner Engineering Design Technologies is investing roughly $580K in both structural and cosmetic renovations on the three-story Taylor Building, right across from the McWane Science Center.

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3 ways the American Red Cross is responding to COVID-19

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The Red Cross offers assistance to families affected by natural disasters. Photo via American Red Cross

When you think of the Red Cross, your mind probably jumps to blood donations. Well, at least mine does. However, the Red Cross does so much more—see how the Red Cross is responding to the COVID-19 crisis both locally and internationally.

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What it’s like working at LAH Real Estate’s new Crestline office + how to join

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LAH Real Estate’s new office in Crestline. Photo via LAH Estate on Facebook

LAH Real Estate recently opened a new office in Crestline. With a prime location, family friendly team and a flexible schedule, the new office is perfect for moms looking to get back into the workforce. I spoke with Sophia Leece, one of the agents at the new office, to learn more!

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Alabama Launchpad awarded $580K from the State. Here’s how that money will be used.

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The Governor signed a bill granting $580K to Alabama Launchpad. Photo via Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Each year, the Alabama Launchpad competition awards a total of $600K to several promising startups to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Alabama. Due to the success of the program, the State of Alabama recently awarded a $580K grant to the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama to keep the program going. Here’s how that grant will be used.

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Miles College receives $500K grant to restore historic building

Historic Williams Hall at Miles College. Photo via Miles College on Facebook

If there’s one thing I like, it’s historic preservation. That’s why I was so excited to learn that Miles College, located in Fairfield, was recently awarded a grant to help restore the oldest building on their campus. Here are the deets.

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Ensley’s Ramsay-McCormack building will be demolished and redeveloped

A proposed rendering of the successor to the Ramsay McCormack building. Rendering via City of Birmingham

After extensive inspections, the City of Birmingham has deemed the Ramsay McCormack building unsafe for renovation—meaning that the 91-year-old structure will be torn down. However, the plan is to replace the structure with a four-story state-of-the-art building. Learn more.

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How local urgent care is responding to COVID-19 in Birmingham

A medical professional sanitizing in order to enter a patient’s room. Photo via Lexi Coon, property of University of Alabama at Birmingham

Typically, urgent care facilities treat patients with illnesses or injuries that require immediate care but don’t require an emergency room. While most Birmingham urgent care facilities are still providing in-person screenings, many are now offering Telemedicine services, either online or over the phone.

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How students can find drive-in WiFi in Birmingham

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Students are adjusting to working from home. Photo via Shutterstock

As schools and their students get used to education from home, it’s important to remember that some students do not have access to WiFi at home. That’s why the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham City Schools have teamed up to help provide free “drive-in” WiFi to students.

Click here to view an interactive map of free WiFi locations throughout Birmingham.

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CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shares economic insights via Zoom

Members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. Screenshot via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On Wednesday, April 15, members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham hosted Raphael Bostic, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on a Zoom call. As the featured speaker, Raphael spoke about the current economic situation and how the Federal Reserve Banks are tackling the issue.

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5 ways to support Iron City while social distancing in Birmingham

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There are several ways you can support Iron City while social distancing. Photo via Iron City on Facebook

As we enter week five or six of social distancing, Birmingham’s local businesses could really use our help during these crazy times. Here are five ways you can help support Iron City, one of Birmingham’s favorite concert venues.

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Innovate Birmingham students showcase their work on Virtual Demo Day—tune in on April 24 at 3PM

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Students at Innovate Birmingham before quarantine. Photo courtesy of Innovate Birmingham

On April 24, candidates of the Software Development and Data Analytics bootcamps at Innovate Birmingham will showcase their projects via an open Zoom meeting. Tune in to see what the candidates have accomplished over the past 14 weeks and learn how local tech professionals are adjusting + get their best tips for working from home

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3 perks of working at The Lindsey Building, Birmingham’s newest coworking space

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Courtyard at The Lindsey Building
Take a break from work at the outdoor putting green. Rendering via Coendeavor Architecture & Design

Coworking is a growing concept making its way across the country, and Birmingham is no different. Birmingham’s newest coworking space, the Lindsey Building, is set to open on May 1. There is also a total of about 6,000 square feet of leasable shell space available if you are looking for a new space to build-out! Learn all about the beautiful new space coming soon!

Want to join the community? Act fast—there are only 19 spots remaining, and going quick!

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A Birmingham developer is renovating downtown’s former Family Dollar building

The longtime Family Dollar building has some changes up ahead. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

A new redevelopment is in the works in downtown Birmingham! Ladd Real Estate, a local developer, has started renovation on the former Family Dollar building, continuing the pattern of renewed interest in Birmingham’s Historic Theatre and Retail District.

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Got meat? 7 local shops to find premium meats curbside in Birmingham

Meat lovers rejoice! Photo view Evan’s Meats on Facebook

Since I’m not a good cook, one of the only things I can make is crock pot chili. However, it’s been a bit difficult to find ground beef and other meats at grocery stores nowadays. Luckily, there are several places in Birmingham that are selling meat to the public!

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Cortland Vesta’s new residents moved in on April 6—first impressions!

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A gorgeous apartment and an unbeatable view. What more could you want? Photo via Cortland Vesta on Facebook

While Cortland Vesta is finishing up construction on their new high-rise building, they officially opened their mid-rise to new residents on Monday, April 6. Now that their first residents are moving into their new homes, I spoke with several to learn about their experience.

Plus, learn how you can get a rent-free month at Cortland Vesta!

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