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Old Posted Oct 11, 2016, 3:36 PM
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All good. I'm kind of interested to see how 4th and 22 works out because I remember that land being a bit hilly with a drop off, along with much needed parking in that area.
The municipal lot at 4th and 22nd is where the development is going. It is a parking lot right now. Southwest corner of 4th and 22nd.
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I haven't heard or seen anything. What was the video?
look on the UA Facebook page. It's the Big Al video.
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look on the UA Facebook page. It's the Big Al video.
If I'm correct, it was for homecoming and has been like that for tailgating purposes.
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Two residential developments OK'd by Tuscaloosa City Council



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Two residential developments gained unanimous approval from the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday.

One project will bring a five-story, 104-bedroom project to 2525 Sixth St., the former site of the city's Fire Station No. 1.

The other, called The Hub at Tuscaloosa, will bring a six-story, 485-bedroom project to Red Drew Avenue between Sixth and Eighth streets.

In addition to the six stories above ground, The Hub project will also add two stories of below-ground parking along with a dedicated parking lot across the street for a total of 412 parking spaces.

Both developments gained recommendations for approval by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission before going to the City Council for a final vote.

On Sixth Street, developer Clayton Hudson of Allied Realty is planning a mixed-use project with about 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and 84 residential units of one- and two-bedrooms on the four floors above.

The project will feature 66 off-street parking spaces and 11 on-street spaces along Sixth Street to accommodate the residents.

Stucco and fiber cement siding with wood accents, decorative railing balconies and storefront windows and doors are among the materials that will be used.

Hudson won a bid process to develop the old Fire Station No. 1 site on Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South between Sixth and Seventh streets in June 2015.

The land, part of which has been owned by the city since the 1920s, was most recently appraised at $1.17 million.

Hudson had previously proposed a five-story, 128-bedroom development called Cotton Street Lofts for the site.

But complications with power line easements and locations forced him to move the building's footprint and, subsequently, reduce its bedroom total.

On Red Drew Avenue, this marked the second attempt by the landowner, Dr. Wesley Spruill, to develop this tract after being denied in March 2015 by the City Council.

Then, the council unanimously denied the Rock Point Row proposed by Spruill, who also serves as the medical director of the DCH Health System's SpineCare Center on Ruby Tyler Parkway.

That seven-story project was slated to have 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 266 bedrooms in 120 apartments, but it failed to conform to the recommended standards of the Student Rental Housing Task Force, adopted by the City Council in February 2014.

Particularly, these policy recommendations said the City Council would not consider any rezoning that would allow for developments of 200 bedrooms or more.

His redesigned project by development company Core Spaces of Chicago, which was approved as a planned unit development, does fit with that recommendation. It does not need rezoning, making the task force's recommendations not applicable, and it also fits the height and open-space requirements of its current zoning.

The only snag came from the parking requirements, but the Zoning Board of Adjustment granted the project a special exception to allow the ratio of .85 parking spaces per bedrooms.

Also, with the planned unit development, the City Council will get a say-so during each stage of the construction.

It contains no retail space and instead acts as a purely residential complex.

"This is textbook for what we're looking for in Tuscaloosa," said Councilman Matt Calderone, who represents this area as part of District 4. "Although it is large and it's something that's different, it's spot-on for what we're looking for."

The current design calls for 50 efficiency, or "micro" units, where the bedroom and living room act as one; 15 studio units; 39 two-bedroom units; five three-bedroom units, 64 four-bedroom units; 14 five-bedroom units; and a single one-bedroom unit located on the second floor.

Materials include red and stressed white brick, glass, fiber cement siding and wood.

Its construction will replace a series of aging apartment structures, some of which are now in use on Red Drew Avenue.
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Looks like Tuscaloosa is getting a "Brass Tap" over in Midtown Village. Will open in 2017.
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This is good. Downtown needs this with all the development that's been happening. I also like that it's behind Depalmas where it's not obvious from University Blvd.
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This is good. Downtown needs this with all the development that's been happening. I also like that it's behind Depalmas where it's not obvious from University Blvd.
Very much needed indeed. Temerson Square is always packed lately and there's hardly anywhere to park.

Looking at it from a different perspective too, it looks ten times better than the parking spaces they have there now.
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That parking deck is atrocious and should at the very least have retail at the bottom. I had always hoped for something better on that site.

The intermodal garage always seems to be empty are people just too lazy to walk the two blocks?
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That parking deck is atrocious and should at the very least have retail at the bottom. I had always hoped for something better on that site.

The intermodal garage always seems to be empty are people just too lazy to walk the two blocks?
I mean, yeah it might be ugly, but its convenient and by a bunch of bars. WIth the Lofts on 4th and 22nd coming, I wouldn't think they would consider retail.
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Skyland is getting a Whataburger and a Starbucks. I know there are some vacant spots there since some businesses left.
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I mean, yeah it might be ugly, but its convenient and by a bunch of bars. WIth the Lofts on 4th and 22nd coming, I wouldn't think they would consider retail.
So because it's convenient it's fine that it has bad urban form? It's a F U to the pedestrian and it will be awful to look at. The site could be something else much better but even as a parking garage Tuscaloosa deserves a better design. There are a thousand examples out there of well designed urban parking garages there's really no excuse.
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Tuscaloosa, as fast as it is growing and even with the population it has, is just too close to Birmingham. A carrier's presence at Tuscaloosa without incentives would be too expensive to beat the convenience. If any incentives were offered, they might not be sustainable (especially when BHM can provide access to more than one single carrier).

I've always thought that Central Alabama would be better off establishing a strong commuter rail system that links Tuscaloosa, Gadsden and Anniston to Birmingham. That way, nearly 2 million people would have convenient access to reasonably affordable flights.

The best option for Tuscaloosa is to establish some sort of reasonable transport connection to BHM. Using incentives to attract a carrier to town that might eventually leave is a waste of money, IMO. Huntsville (a growing market, like Tuscaloosa) tried it with Airtran and once Southwest bought the airline, it pulled out.
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Tuscaloosa, as fast as it is growing and even with the population it has, is just too close to Birmingham. A carrier's presence at Tuscaloosa without incentives would be too expensive to beat the convenience. If any incentives were offered, they might not be sustainable (especially when BHM can provide access to more than one single carrier).

I've always thought that Central Alabama would be better off establishing a strong commuter rail system that links Tuscaloosa, Gadsden and Anniston to Birmingham. That way, nearly 2 million people would have convenient access to reasonably affordable flights.

The best option for Tuscaloosa is to establish some sort of reasonable transport connection to BHM. Using incentives to attract a carrier to town that might eventually leave is a waste of money, IMO. Huntsville (a growing market, like Tuscaloosa) tried it with Airtran and once Southwest bought the airline, it pulled out.
Definitely agree.
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Allied Reality will develop a lot on 4th and 22nd street. Supposed to be a 2-story brick-and-limestone building, which will have apartments and retail.
City Council will vote on it today. Don't see any reason why they wouldn't vote yes.
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That parking deck is atrocious and should at the very least have retail at the bottom. I had always hoped for something better on that site.

The intermodal garage always seems to be empty are people just too lazy to walk the two blocks?
I will certainly agree that the design could be much better, and it would be nice for the lowest level to have shops/restaurants.
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City Council will vote on it today. Don't see any reason why they wouldn't vote yes.
And it's approved. They'll break ground on it early November. Will include rooftop bar.

Allied Reality already has two companies who are interested in occupying some of the bottom retail spaces.

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Overpass planned for University of Alabama campus

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The University of Alabama System board of trustees is scheduled to consider preliminary plans Thursday for a vehicle and pedestrian overpass between Coleman Coliseum and the School of Law that would provide a bridge over the railroad tracks south of UA’s campus.

The board’s Physical Properties Committee will meet to consider the plans at 1:15 p.m. ahead of a full board meeting at 3:45 p.m.

The project would connect Second Avenue on campus with Lancaster Road south of campus by constructing an overpass over the Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern railroads, according to the packet included with the meeting's agenda. The overpass would provide another connector between Paul W. Bryant Drive and 15th Street, serving as an alternative southern route free of train delays that would improve traffic flow and safety. The span would be about 475 feet.

As part of the project, Second Avenue would be extended through part of the parking lot east of the coliseum. The overpass will include two vehicle traffic lanes, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and lighting. A traffic signal would be added on Second Avenue in front of the coliseum to manage traffic flow. The project would try to minimize the loss of parking by adding space under the overpass bridge on the campus side.
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Restaurant news: T-Town is getting a Cajun Steamer, a new sushi place on University, Fuzzy Taco Shop on University, and a new bar called "Brass Tap".
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