Bessemer’s Datburgaplase, a mouthwatering burger with an original name

Melanie Benjamin (on the right) owner of Datburgaplase in Bessemer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

What is Datburgaplase

That was the one question on my mind, while I drove out to Bessemer to interview Melanie Benjamin, the owner of Datburgaplase, the new burger joint in the “Marvel City” that opened in August.

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Bessemer’s Urban Market Discount Foods is bringing fresh affordable goods to the food desert now [PHOTOS]

Urban Market Discount Foods owner Mara Allen
Owner Mara Allen in front of the Alabama-grown produce at Urban Market Discount Foods. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bessemer’s Jonesboro community is a federally-designated food desert. Located just Southwest of downtown Bessemer, this low-income area hasn’t had ready access to fresh, affordable food…until now. Keep reading for the scoop on Urban Market Discount Foods and how they’re changing access to healthy food in the area.

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Bessemer got a $300k brownfield grant—why this is good news

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Bessemer’s old City Hall is one of the sites that will be part of the Brownfield Assessment Grant. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bessemer and the greater Birmingham area owe so much to their industrial pasts. And, a recent $300,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency will help Bessemer conduct community-wide assessments of 21 brownfield sites. The goal, according to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, is to help “transform contaminated sites into community assets.”

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Amazon in Bessemer is hiring. Here’s how to apply!

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The official groundbreaking at the site of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Raise your hand if you love Amazon as much as I do! 🙋🏾 The online retail giant is set to open its $325 million fulfillment center in Bessemer this March. The best news—they’re hiring.

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New apartments, retail space coming to historic former Bessemer city hall

The 60-unit, multi-use space will be the first redevelopment of its kind in downtown Bessemer.
The 60-unit, multi-use space will be the first redevelopment of its kind in downtown Bessemer. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)

Plans are in the works to transform Bessemer’s former city hall space into a mixed-use development, bringing new housing units and retail space downtown. This is great news and a huge step in revitalizing the downtown Bessemer area! Here’s why.

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Bessemer authorizes incentives to pave the way for 1500 to 3000 Amazon jobs.

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On the left, Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Today, the Bessemer City Council passed a resolution agreeing to a number of incentives for the proposed Amazon fulfillment center that will bring between 1500 to 3000 jobs to Jefferson County.

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