Battery II in Southside will feature Birmingham’s first automated hotel

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A rendering of Battery II, coming to Birmingham’s Southside soon. Rendering via Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors

Since it opened in 2018, The Battery in Birmingham’s Automotive Historic District has been a hit. Battery II, the 40,000-square-foot extension of the development, will include an automated hotel. Not sure what an automated hotel is? We looked into it—here’s what we found out.

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Several Birmingham property owners offering creative help to their tenants

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Ward Neely of Property Partners stands outside The Battery. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All around the country, small and local businesses are feeling pressure as their customers begin to self-isolate. In order to help out their tenants, several Birmingham property owners are offering waived or deferred rent (as well as other creative solutions) until this outbreak clears up.

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Like The Battery? You’ll love Battery II—a new development in Birmingham’s Southside

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A rendering of Battery II, coming to Birmingham’s Southside soon. Rendering via Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors

In 2018, The Battery brought restaurants, breweries, event space and more to Birmingham’s Southside. Now, developer Ward Neely is out to do the same thing—right across the street. Say hello to Battery II, the newest project in Birmingham’s Automotive Historic District.

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Birmingham’s Ward Neely discovers antique letters inside hundred-year-old hotel. Photos included!

Inside the historic Eyers-Raden Building, one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham’s Automotive Historic District. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

As an amateur history buff, learning more about Birmingham’s storied past is one of the best parts of my job. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that a prominent Birmingham developer discovered hundred-year-old antique letters inside an old hotel. I quickly arranged to visit the building and see for myself. Here’s what I learned.

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New event space at The Battery to open in May. Check out this historic venue’s downtown views.

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Look. At. That. View. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The next chapter has arrived for The Battery, also known as the old BEBCO building, in Southside. Property developer Ward Neely will open an event space by the end of May 2019 that can accommodate up to 200 people. While it’s still undergoing renovations, Bham Now got a sneak peek. See what we found!

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Meet 2 women entrepreneurs “shaking up” Birmingham with Magic City Nutrition, opening spring 2019 at The Battery

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Magic City Nutrition founders Britni Liberton (left) and Faith Hurtado (right). Photo submitted

“We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of smoothie shops, where everyone knows everyone and always leaves happier (and healthier) than when they first arrived,” said Faith Hurtado, co-founder of Magic City Nutrition. Slated to open in April 2019, the shop is the latest to join The Battery, a retail development in Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building on 2nd Avenue South.

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

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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