New downtown apartments will house Taco Mama, five other retail spaces

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About 200 guests packed into the Taco Mama at The Waites’ mixed-use development on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd last night for a preview party featuring menu items like hand-shaken margaritas and build-your-own tacos.

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Preview party for Taco Mama at The Waites, a new mixed-use development downtown. Photo by JH Daniel.

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Plans have changed for redevelopment of former Little Professor and Hatfield Auto location

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This past fall, the former locations of Hatfield Auto and Little Professor, in Homewood, were bought by Michael Mouron of Capstone Properties for a new development.

According to the Homewood Star, plans have changed from simple retail parcels and parking spots, to a hotel and mixed-use development.

Redevelopment in Process
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Construction begins on Homewood’s Newest Residential Development

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More than 10 years has past since Homewood established a new residential subdivision.

This winter, Tuscaloosa development group, Progressive Properties, began construction of the Edgewood Place Townhomes, located off of Columbiana Road. The new residential development is within walking distance of the Homewood Publix.

Rendering of the project provided by Brian Boehm, with RealtySouth, the listing agent for the new homes.

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Thanks to the 20 Midtown Publix more “game changing” development on the way

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Ward Neely, with SRS Real Estate Partners, has proclaimed Southside to be “arguably the hottest area of town,” and he is backing that statement up with a new development.

Neely, along with Dick Schmalz and Scott Bryant, plan to tear down the old High Point Lounge and renovate The Merienda Lounge next door.

The move coincides with their recent work involving 20 Midtown.

Photo by Wade Cline

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Summer 2018, Five Points South will have its own Social House

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Think of Five Points South.

It’s growing with food, bars, and hangouts. For some time, the area has been hoppin’, and it certainly isn’t slowing down.  This historic Birmingham neighborhood was one of Birmingham’s first streetcar suburbs. The Elyton Land Company, established a streetcar line that connected “Highland” with downtown.  So, it has always been on the leading edge of movement.

Some time later this year, a social house, (bowling concept if you will) is being planned by Orchestra Partners.

A look at Punch Bowl Social in Denver, Colorado. A similar concept is coming to Birmingham's Five Points South district.
One of the best examples to mirror the new concept to is the Punch Bowl Social in Denver. Courtesy of Kathleen Lavine

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Five Points South Continues to Grow – Hilton Finally Opens

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Growth and sustainability is the name of the game for areas such as Five Points South.

Like the North side of town, the historic area continues to innovate through new developments and hot hangouts, the newest of which is the opening of Homewood Suites by Hilton.

Located in the heart of 5 Points South, the hotel stands tall against the sun. Photo by Wade Cline

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Followup: CrossPlex Village isn’t all fun and games

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Yesterday morning, I wrote about the City Council’s approval of a proposed CrossPlex Village near Five Points West.

Yesterday afternoon, I was able to get in contact with the most visible voice of dissent: the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats.

Speaking with their treasurer, Emma Colburn, I was able to get a more in-depth analysis of why they object to the development approval.

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CrossPlex Village Approved in Five Points West

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Conceptual Masterplan presented to the City Council last year. Image rehosted from Birmingham Business Journal

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UAB’s Ray Watts Re-elected BBA Chairman for 2017

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Today, the board and officers were announced for the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA).

Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been re-elected as the 2017 Chairman of the Board. This will be Watts second consecutive year as the chairman.

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Dr. Ray Watts, Photo credited to Birmingham Business Alliance

“I am pleased to continue the great momentum created in the last year by serving another year as chairman,” Watts said.

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