7 reasons to get excited about Birmingham’s Legacy Arena $125 million remodel (PHOTOS)

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Legacy Arena at The BJCC exterior rendering
Designers have envisioned a whole new look for Legacy Arena at The BJCC. Rendering courtesy of Populous.

Birmingham’s Legacy Arena at The BJCC is about to get a major—$125 million—remodel, and we can’t wait!

From what we can tell, it’s gonna be awesome. Keep reading for renderings of proposed exterior spaces and more.

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$29 million renovation in the works for Birmingham’s Prince Hall Masonic Temple Building

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A rendering of the renovated Masonic Temple Building. Photo via Prince Hall Masonic Lodge

A team of investors and developers have banded together to renovate the Prince Hall Masonic Temple Building in Birmingham’s 4th Avenue Historic District. Learn more about the future of one of Birmingham’s most beautiful buildings.

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6 organization hacks to get your Birmingham home tidied up for 2020

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Bham Now’s Sheila McCallum, who writes some of our hilarious newsletters, holding some of her mom’s treasures in her custom crafting room. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All the holiday gifts have been opened, the decorations may or may not have been put away, and it’s time to reckon with the aftermath. Is this the year you’re going to pare down to the things you really want to carry forward with you into this next decade? If you’re thinking definitely—or even maybe—find out some of the ways Closets by Design Central Alabama can help you make the most of your Birmingham home.

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Birmingham’s Master Plan Was Revealed and We’ve Got the Rundown. (PHOTOS included)

New decade. New master plan for Birmingham. Photo via downtownbhamplan.com

Birmingham continues to boom and we love to see it! Big opportunities are coming to the city. Local leaders and organizations presented the master plan for the city center earlier this December. Keep reading to see what the future holds for our wonderful Magic City.

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These before-and-after photos of a Birmingham home renovation will blow you away

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So you need a new home. Now it’s time to face the age-old question: do I buy, do I build, or do I renovate? One Birmingham family walked us through their decision-making process and how it turned out in the end—plus, don’t miss the “after” photos of their stunning renovated home!

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“A pivotal moment for the city of Birmingham.” Something BIG is coming to Parkside

Parkside West will be an urban commons designed to bring people together. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Something huge is brewing in downtown Birmingham. Next September marks the 10 year anniversary of Railroad Park’s opening, and over the past decade, the area surrounding the park has taken on a life of its own. Some big players in Birmingham have teamed up on a master plan for Parkside—keep reading to find out what’s coming.

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Ensley’s Ramsay-McCormick Building is about to get some major TLC from the City of Birmingham.

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View from the street of the Ramsay-McCormick Building. Photo by Jeff E. Newman

In 1983, US Steel sold Ensley’s Ramsay-McCormick building to the City of Birmingham for $1. Now, 36 years later, this 1929 Art Deco building is about to get some major TLC. Keep reading for all the details.

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Here’s why $58 million is budgeted for road repairs next year in Jefferson County

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If that $58 million has you stopping in your tracks, keep reading to find out why it’s being spent on our roads. Photo via Jefferson County on Facebook

If you live in Birmingham, AL, you are no stranger to road construction! It may seem like a headache during rush hour, but better roads mean a better Magic City for all. Get up to speed on why Jefferson County has been working so hard on our roads, and learn about what’s coming up in 2020!

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A sneak peek inside Birmingham’s cultural jewel – Prince Hall Masonic Temple. Photos!

Mr. Dennis Simmons, Endowment Secretary for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

Have you heard of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple? Once the cornerstone of Birmingham’s black community, the Masonic Temple Building has since fallen into a state of disrepair. However, the Prince Hall Masons are determined to restore this historic building to its full potential. Hang with me to follow my tour through this cultural jewel of Birmingham’s history.

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5 questions you should ask before building a house in Birmingham, answered by a top building expert

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I just imagine sitting in this study and feeling quite intelligent and important. Photo via Slate Barganier

Building a house can be one of the most daunting tasks you can take on. Whether you’re a newly married couple, a professional looking for something permanent, empty nesters, or anything in-between—we found the top 5 questions you need to ask and sought out answers from a top building expert in Birmingham, AL.  Keep reading to see what we found.

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Lincoln Theatre undergoes restoration in Bessemer. Learn about the revitalization of this “arts desert” and the women behind it. (PHOTOS)

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Mary Holland (left) and Glenny Brock (right). Photo by Richard Rayburn

Downtown Bessemer’s Lincoln Theatre is getting a facelift! Being restored to help revitalize the arts within the community, the Lincoln Theatre is a historic African American theatre in downtown Bessemer. Keep reading for more info on the project and the two inspiring women behind it—Glenny Brock and Mary Holland.

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Pasta plant turned mixed-use development– Macaroni Lofts are coming to Parkside

This project is a redevelopment of the abandoned warehouse at the corner of 4th Avenue South and 14th Street. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Yet another exciting Birmingham, Alabama addition in the works! Plans for the newest Parkside addition are being unveiled, and we can’t wait. Where does the name Macaroni Lofts come from? What makes this development unique? Keep reading for these answers and more. 

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We went behind the scenes of the new M2 development, the sequel to MAKEbhm

Carruthers and Lanier are a powerhouse team- their combined experience in architecture and real estate yields great odds for success for this new development. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Some big names in Birmingham business and development have teamed up on a new project. Tom Carruthers, President of Red Rock Realty and Bruce Lanier, Founder and Owner of MAKEbhm have joined with Grant Brigham, Partner at ARC Realty. They’re bringing a new development to 3501 1st Ave South (formerly Old Car Heaven) later this year, and we’ve got all the details.

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