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Old December 23rd, 2006, 10:05 PM   #41
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Birmingham is a pretty cool city. I like a lot of the Alabama cities like Birmingham and Huntsville.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 07:42 AM   #42
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Currently and in the near future, Birmingham seems to be building more density rather than the real height-race seen in other cities. The two tallest of the buildings being proposed right now are 18 and 16-stories. Many more under construction or planned in the 7-12 story range. That's all for the moment. Lots of conversions and renovations of older structures as well.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 06:20 AM   #43
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BJCC directors pick Memphis firm to create entertainment district

Posted by Birmingham News staff February 23, 2007 20:21PM

SALT LAKE CITY -- The firm that turned Beale Street in Memphis into an international tourist destination was selected Friday by BJCC directors to develop an entertainment district for Birmingham's convention center.

The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex board directed its lawyer and executive director to negotiate a contract with Memphis-based Performa Entertainment Group, aiming toward being able to court prospective tenants for the BJCC entertainment district as soon as May.

In a related development, the Sheraton Birmingham told BJCC board members that it intends to add a 300-room hotel that would be adjacent to the entertainment district.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 12:09 AM   #44
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BJCC board unanimously votes to build arena
Posted by Birmingham News staff
February 24, 2007 12:02PM

SALT LAKE CITY -- The BJCC board today unanimously voted to support a $505.5 million expansion of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, including a 40,000-seat arena.

Board members approved a plan that includes:
-- $380 million for the arena, with 175,000 square feet of exhibit space and enough space to host football games.
-- $17 million to buy land for the expansion.
-- $10.5 million to expand parking.
-- $10 million for infrastructure improvements.
-- $6 million to upgrade the existing BJCC facade.
-- $5 million to build a skywalk to the existing basketball arena.
-- $2 million to refurbish the existing arena.
-- $75 million to pay off existing debt.

Board members rejected a $625 million plan which would have included a 65,000-seat domed stadium. BJCC officials said the larger stadium would have resulted in only about four more events per year at the facility. The board also rejected another expansion option, which would have added 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, but no seating for events; that option would have cost $291 million.

The BJCC board, including Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid and Jefferson County Commission President Bettye Fine Collins, is meeting on retreat in Salt Lake City, where the Salt Palace convention center was recently expanded.

The plans still face votes before the Birmingham City Council and the Jefferson County Commission.

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Old February 25th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #45
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so no fabled dome, but an arena instead...interesting.

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Old February 27th, 2007, 07:45 PM   #46
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I thought you guys had a planned skyscraper of 50 stories? That would be over 500 feet and a new tallest. What happened to that?
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Old February 28th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #47
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New tallest where? In the city?
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Old March 1st, 2007, 04:49 AM   #48
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Birmingham is city of about 300,000 in city proper, right? Birmingham could use a new skyscraper, I mean, Birmingham is an economic center for the south, right?
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Old March 14th, 2007, 05:19 PM   #49
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At the moment, I know of nothing definite in terms of any large highrise. The largest planned new structure at the moment is an 18-story hotel/office complex to be built near the old Federal Reserve building downtown. Corporate Realty is also planning to build a 16-story mixed-use building just south of the railroad tracks. So, in other words, we've got several planned buildings in the range of 9-18 stories tall... but I know of none taller than 18-stories (at this time anyway).
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Old March 19th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #50
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Calvin Grigsby (of San Francisco) and Michael Roberts (of St. Louis) want to invest $40M in the area around the Civil Rights District. Part of it would be spent on the construction of a new hotel, part on retail/lofts, part on a conference center, and part on rehabilitating and turning the A.G. Gaston Motel into an interactive museum. The motel was one of the first available for African-Americans in downtown Birmingham and became a very important meeting place for civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. For this, the motel was bombed in 1963.

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/inde....xml&coll=2

I personally think this would be an outstanding development. Currently there are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Civil Rights District, pretty much no retail, and no meeting space. Also is an excellent idea to rehab and turn the AG Gaston Motel into an interactive museum. If this development comes to fruition, in only adds to the appeal of the district to tourists and locals alike. Let's hope the city can work with the developers on this one and make it happen.
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The Performa Entertainment Group's $55-million entertainment district to be built adjacent to the BJCC has been approved by both the County Commission and City Council. This will be a tremendous boost for downtown Birmingham... both for tourists and locals. The development will include a hotel as well as restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Tenants that have already expressed interest include: The Pig (a BBQ restaurant), The Mesquite Steakhouse, and Wet Willie (a daiquiri bar).

This will be a big development because so many say that Birmingham has a lack of entertainment venues downtown. Between this and growing places like 5 Points and Lakeview, there's no reason one will be able to say there's "nothing to do downtown." This development will almost certainly spur more hotel development, residential units, and other retail development nearby to the BJCC. This is more than just $55-million... this type of development can really usher in a whole new era of development. And the beauty is that, for once, it's already been approved by all parties involved.
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The 1,200-seat Lyric Theatre that opened in 1914 and was host to a myriad of famous acts and shows by Mae West, the Marx Brothers, George Burns, etc. It is now in the process of working towards restoration. This is fantastic news. Here's a picture from back several decades ago.



You can see the Alabama Theatre on the right and the Lyric Theatre on the left. The Alabama Theatre is always booked and it would be nice to see the Lyric back in action.

Restoration experts from New York and Ohio have been in Birmingham recently drawing up plans for Phase I of the development. Phase I will cost about $12M and will consist mainly of restoring the great lobby. The folks leading the campaign to restore the Lyric Theatre are hoping that by people seeing the beauty of the restored lobby, that bigger contributions might begin coming in to speed along the process.
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Isuzu will build truck plant in Pinson
Monday, April 09, 2007
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Isuzu Motors Ltd., which bought land in Pinson late in 2006, plans to begin construction there this year of an assembly plant that will make commercial trucks, said a source close to the recruitment of the Japan-based company.

Isuzu is working out final details of its plan, the source said. The company, Japan's biggest maker of light-duty trucks, signed a preliminary agreement with state officials several weeks ago, the source said.

In January, The Birmingham News reported that Isuzu bought the vacant 300,000- square-foot Del Monte Corp. distribution center in Pinson Valley for almost $8 million. People close to the matter said at the time they expected the company to build trucks at the site. Today, a Japanese newspaper said the same.

Source of jobs:

The plant would create hundreds of jobs, and be the fourth vehicle factory built in Alabama by an overseas automaker. Ten years ago, there were none.

Aggressive recruiting efforts by state officials, tax incentives and a largely non-union work force have lured Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai Motor Co. to Alabama since the mid-1990s, creating 50,000 jobs at their plants and those operated by parts suppliers.

Ted vonCannon, president of the Metropolitan Development Board, declined to discuss Isuzu, citing the agency's policy of not commenting on economic development projects. Attempts to reach officials with Isuzu were unsuccessful Sunday night.

Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported today that Isuzu will open a plant in Alabama with a production capacity of 5,000 units a year by 2010. The newspaper didn't cite the source of the information.

Isuzu already makes commercial trucks in Japan - the ones with a low cab and boxy cargo area commonly used by contractors, delivery services and plumbers. Isuzu also operates a commercial truck assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., in a joint venture with General Motors.

Nikkei said Isuzu will assemble trucks with a load capacity of at least 4 tons. Engines and platforms will be shipped from Japan.

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Developer gets OK from neighbors for more condos
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
VICTORIA L. COMAN News staff writer

The Glen Iris Neighborhood Association is backing a developer's plans to build a second set of condominiums along 10th Avenue South.

Adam Cohen of Cityscape Development Group plans to build condominiums on vacant land at 10th Avenue South and 11th Street South, across the street from Glen Iris and EPIC Alternative elementary schools.

Cohen said the condo building would be "L" shaped, just like one he and partners are developing across an alley from the site at 10th Avenue and 10th Street South. The first building, called University Flats, has been under construction since December and is expected to be complete by October.

The proposed building would be four stories tall and contain 44 units with 63 parking spots in the rear, Cohen said.

The condominiums are expected to range in price from $187,000 to $280,000, he said.

Cohen is scheduled to appear before the Birmingham Zoning Board of Adjustment to seek variances for setback, height, density and parking on Thursday, according to city records.

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UAB Academic Building under construction at University and 14th Street South...

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Some pictures of some downtown projects that I took this afternoon...

UNIVERSITY HOUSE BIRMINGHAM





INNOVATION DEPOT





LEER TOWER





SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING





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that leer tower sign sucks. ugh. should've left it cabana. is it at least lit at night?

innovation depot looks a hella lot better than it did last year though. nice progress on that.

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that leer tower sign sucks. ugh. should've left it cabana. is it at least lit at night?

innovation depot looks a hella lot better than it did last year though. nice progress on that.

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The Leer Tower sign is supposed to be lit at night ultimately... not sure if it is yet. With black letters, it might just be lit up with spotlights near the roof.

Speaking of which... has anyone heard anything regarding spotlights or building lighting of City Federal? It was supposed to be bathed in white light, but that has yet to happen. Did they decide against it or is it just a matter of it not happening until the project is totally complete?
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The Federal Reserve Tower proposal has been bumped up yet again... now proposed to be 19-stories.
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Found some very preliminary renderings of the BJCC Entertainment District...







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