The former Ensley High School, located at 2301 Avenue J in Ensley, was severely damaged when it caught fire this morning. According to various news reports approximately 50 city of Birmingham firefighters fought the fire.
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.
In December of 2016, the Ramsay McCormack building in Ensley was slated to be demolished. After lawsuits and debate, a plan to renovate and utilize the building was announced. The plan calls for a $40 million project to relocate the municipal court, police and fire headquarters to Ensley. Now the city is seeking bids, by February 10th, for the renovation work.
Redevelopment here, Redevelopment there, Redevelopment everywhere!
Soon no building in Birmingham will be able to hide from aspiring developers wanting to reshape and transform the Magic City.
Some great news for downtown Ensley.
Yesterday, Mayor William Bell unveiled a $40 Million Public Safety Municipal Complex planned for downtown Ensley. According to the Mayor’s office, the plan would create the first ever Public Safety Municipal Complex for the City of Birmingham pulling Municipal Court, Birmingham Police Department Administration and the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department Administration to one location. The plan will involve public and private funding.