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Old Posted May 30, 2015, 11:42 AM
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Wow, don't fall off that skyscraper, lol^^^^^^
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Old Posted May 30, 2015, 9:07 PM
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Excellent piece from AL.com on the Florentine Building.

Historic Florentine building in downtown Birmingham reopens as event venue

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Construction underway on historic Thomas Jefferson Tower

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One of the things I really love about Birmingham is that there are so many large historic properties that can be, and are being, restored. Shiny buildings are nice, but I'd rather is towers like this reinvent the skyline.
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Empire Building part of $45 million project including two Marriotts, new Chris Hastings restaurant

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I think this is huge for that intersection. I'm excited that they're starting this month!
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Looking at the pictures in this article, it's hard to believe that anyone could convert this behemoth to a residential building. It is one of the most important buildings in downtown, and the transformation it is about to undergo is tremendous.












Look at all these stunning pre-WWII highrises in Birmingham! It truly fits in with the best architecture cities on the Northeast. You guys down there have some incredible assets and it's great to see the investment dollars stepping up to these renovations. Birmingham will be a destination city and you guys are on the right track. Excellent!
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Old Posted Jun 3, 2015, 2:54 PM
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so they might ADD a few stories to this 100+ year old building?? not sure how I feel about that....

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this is the homewood suites in 5 pts we've been hearing about. site is the former 5 pts music hall:

Design approved for new $15 million Five Points South hotel

They will not be using the original front wall of the old Piggly Wiggly/5 Points Music Hall. They pulled it down Friday. I did not think that wall would have held up the top 6 floors of the hotel, if that was the plan.
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Look at all these stunning pre-WWII highrises in Birmingham! It truly fits in with the best architecture cities on the Northeast. You guys down there have some incredible assets and it's great to see the investment dollars stepping up to these renovations. Birmingham will be a destination city and you guys are on the right track. Excellent!
Thanks Austinlee! It's nice to see these buildings being reused instead of wrecked. There are more of them in downtown, too! So many old, empty buildings....



In other news... and I'm really excited about this

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The the Birmingham Biz Journal is reporting that the BJCTA plans to bring BRT to Birmingham. They're considering initial lines that would connect the airport to Uptown, then to the new, under-construction, intermodal facility. Also, a line that would extend from downtown to the Crossplex area. Officials say they would examine ridership following the "aftermath" of the World Games to determine if replacing the BRT footprint with rail is warranted.
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Powell School developer awarded $3.7 million HUD loan



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The multi-million dollar project that will convert the historic Powell School building into apartments got a huge boost this week.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development awarded the City of Birmingham a $3.7 million federal loan this week to aid in the redevelopment of the city's oldest school building, located at the corner of 24th Street North and Sixth Avenue.

The building was constructed in 1888 and closed in 2001.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell announced the award will be given to the developer, Integral Group, which will use the money to acquire and convert the building into 24 studio one-and-two-bedroom units.

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Aside from the HUD loan, the project was among the first recipients of Alabama's state historic tax credits in 2013.

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The property survived a 2011 fire, which severely damaged the building.
In previous reports, the project was said to cost between $3.5 million and $4.5 million to complete.
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2015, 5:23 AM
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I drove around the Parkside area, and WOW, things are really building up. Much taller than I thought things would be (even if things are only around 3 to 5 floors).

Everything is looking great, and the Southside seems to be a chaos of construction!

Also, some good activity on our old bones highrises!

Another note, as of July 15th, I'll officially be a citizen of the City of Birmingham! Looking forward to moving into the city
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^congrats, tasc! what area?
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^congrats, tasc! what area?
Basically Huffman. On Gadsden Hwy wedged between a ridge and I-59. 15 - 20 min from downtown. Just east of the Roebuck exit.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2015, 12:56 AM
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anyone surprised that a new development in Parkside is 5 stories tall and looks like this? lol. glad to have the added residents and density downtown, though...

Watts Realty to invest around $15 million into Flats on Fourth

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anyone surprised that a new development in Parkside is 5 stories tall and looks like this? lol. glad to have the added residents and density downtown, though...

Watts Realty to invest around $15 million into Flats on Fourth

My only problem is with the street level parking. There is only access at "main entrances". Less street activity and more baking cement with fewer feet stomping on it...
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How can that get approved with the ground level like that? Does Birmingham not have zoning that prohibits a street frontage that poorly designed and uninviting?
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2015, 7:26 AM
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How can that get approved with the ground level like that? Does Birmingham not have zoning that prohibits a street frontage that poorly designed and uninviting?
It's something more akin to a college town, like Tuscaloosa or Auburn, but I don't understand how this development conforms to local ordinances.

Maybe one of our more seasoned Birminghamians can provide some insight?

Seriously, though, look at it! It's DEAD at street level.

Ugggggghhhhhhhhhhh
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2015, 1:41 PM
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maybe it hasn't been approved?

this is just a preliminary rendering... not sure that it's gone before the Design Review Committee yet.
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Does anyone know why the Highland Tower project hasn't moved forward since demolition?
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Does anyone know why the Highland Tower project hasn't moved forward since demolition?
The only thing I've heard is rumors of law-suits from other parties in the area that don't want to see it built.
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The only thing I've heard is rumors of law-suits from other parties in the area that don't want to see it built.
Considering the presence that Harbert has in the community, I would be VERY surprised if this tower didn't get built.
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2015, 8:09 PM
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photo update:

NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL MUSEUM


20 MIDTOWN



LIV PARKSIDE


VENUE AT THE BALLPARK


FUTURE SITE OF FLATS ON FOURTH


LABCORP PARKING DECK


IRON CITY LOFTS


BONUS! UAB DORMS (pic taken from uab housing)

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