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It does. I'm looking forward to seeing continued progress. I can't help but wonder if the additional space will help BHM land some new destinations?
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It does. I'm looking forward to seeing continued progress. I can't help but wonder if the additional space will help BHM land some new destinations?
That's what they're going for. Seems like they're banking on a future Atlanta relief valve.
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I'm graduating this May and will probably never live in Birmingham exclusively again...
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Mayor says talks in works for hotel at Birmingham's CrossPlex center

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Projects such as the $46 million CrossPlex in Five Points West and the $64 million baseball park downtown are supposed to spur new development, and officials say that is happening.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said talks are taking place with a potential hotel operator at the CrossPlex, the indoor track and field and aquatics center at the site of Fair Park.

"We are looking at a possible hotel deal for the CrossPlex," Bell said in an interview. "We've got a number of good things coming down the line."
It's the kind of spin-off activity Bell and others hoped the facility would generate.

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I remember when people were complaining about how "no one would ever wanna go to a dangerous place in Birmingham!!!!" I'm so glad we've started to turn around public opinion in this town... The bookings that the facility has experienced will do wonders in improving the image the city has outside of it, and from within.

I just hope this hotel project doesn't turn out to be some cookie cutter Best Western...
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Children's is impressive! How does everyone feel about the lighting feature on the exterior of the building?
I think the lighting feature on the childrens hospital looks great. it adds color and life to the skyline and thats something that the birmingham skyline can use.
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I noticed this week that the you can see the Westin rising off I-20/59. That's gonna be a nice addition to the skyline from 20/59 West bound.
where is the westin? i was there this weekend and tried to find new things but i don't believe i saw any new construction like that.
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where is the westin? i was there this weekend and tried to find new things but i don't believe i saw any new construction like that.
The north side of 20/59 next to the BJCC near the Expressway interchange.
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Good luck to you! That was a fast four years.
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I think the lighting feature on the childrens hospital looks great. it adds color and life to the skyline and thats something that the birmingham skyline can use.
I agree. I wish we would see some more lighting on our existing building - like the lighting feature for City Federal.
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I agree. I wish we would see some more lighting on our existing building - like the lighting feature for City Federal.
Yeah Im really happy that city federal is apart of the skyline again..it looks great
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Thanks!
Yeah, it really was fast.
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SIAP. A gallery showing progress on the terminal expansion.

Does anybody have photos more recent than September?

http://www.flybirmingham.com/termina...o-gallery.html
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SIAP. A gallery showing progress on the terminal expansion.

Does anybody have photos more recent than September?

http://www.flybirmingham.com/termina...o-gallery.html
"A component of the new terminal design is a new Federal Inspection Station to facilitate direct international air traffic. The station would allow BHM to accommodate non-stop flights departing to and arriving from international locations."

This never occurred to me before ...well, it did when returned to the US and had to stop in Atlanta and go through that hell, but I never realized that that was such a big impediment to direct intl' flights (duh!).

I wish there was more information, but good to know.
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Wynfrey Hotel to undergo major renovations, change name to Hyatt

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The Wynfrey Hotel has received a major capital investment from an Ohio-based firm that plans a multimillion-dollar renovation project that will convert the high-profile property into the Hyatt brand, a move that officials believe will give it a competitive edge.
The hotel, known as The Wynfrey since it opened in 1986, will be renamed The Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel, according to RockBridge, the firm that's making the investment. Montgomery-based Jim Wilson & Associates LLC, which developed the hotel and the adjoining Riverchase Galleria, retains an ownership stake.
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That's good news. There's still a lot of life left in the Galleria. All you have to do is look at the phenomenal growth along 150 to recognize the potential. Hoover, Vestavia and Homewood need to work together in revitalizing Montgomery Highway.
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Birmingham's Downtown has 93% of condo properties sold

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Downtown's residential real estate market was not spared from the blows of the economic downturn that walloped virtually all parts of the metro area, but officials says the condominium and apartment properties in the city's core are nearly full again. Now, there is talk that new projects soon could be ripe for development.
Operation New Birmingham's breakfast meeting this morning will take a look at the downtown residential market and its changing fortunes.
An ONB survey, which is being officially released today, shows that 93 percent of the downtown condo properties are sold. The downtown apartment and rental market was even tighter at 99.4 percent leased, according to the survey prepared by the downtown advocacy group.
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That's an impressive statistic. I'm hoping we see some additional construction in the near future. The only thing I can think of currently under construction is 29Seven in Lakeview.
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any of you had a chance to go to vulcan or the club since the completion of children's? good lord, talk about impact... that thing dwarfs the uab hospital and women's & children's center next door....
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Children's is definitely an impressive addition to the southside skyline.

Southside is really going to be booming with the Railroad Park and new ballpark. Too bad the UA BOT is trying to block UAB's oncampus stadium because it would really be another big boost to the southside economic development.
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Children's is definitely an impressive addition to the southside skyline.

Southside is really going to be booming with the Railroad Park and new ballpark. Too bad the UA BOT is trying to block UAB's oncampus stadium because it would really be another big boost to the southside economic development.
I really think the stadium will happen eventually. Soon, all of this stuff will turn into a lot of bad publicity for the system and the BOT will be forced to do SOMETHING. Plus, I think with the next round of research and investigations that UAB presents about the on campus stadium studies, the BOT will have many fewer reasons to say no.
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