UPDATE: There’s a new sign in front of the former Social Grill building. Click here for the update.
If you drive by 23rd St. and 3rd Ave. N. in recent days, you’ve probably noticed a fence around the former home of The Social Grill and two smaller structures located to its south. A quick jaunt to the back of the building shows a pretty big piece of heavy machinery waiting to do some serious work.
It probably wouldn’t be a big deal, until you remember the information Jeremy Erdreich shared over on his site back in September 2011. As he states in the post, approval of demolition for that building and the ones already owned by Crook would normally need to be granted by the city’s Design Review Committee. A quick look through recent meeting agendas doesn’t readily show that approval was granted or if the plan for demolition has gone before them, but it doesn’t mean it hasn’t already been approved.
3.28.2013, 8:30 p.m. – This afternoon there was a new addition to the scene, a sign announcing a new Cadence Bank location on the corner. There hasn’t been an opportunity to reach out for any additional information, but we’ll share more after following up with the bank.
The need for parking adjacent to the ever burgeoning 2nd Ave. N. is interesting to watch, especially considering the close proximity to 723 parking spaces contained in the Birmingham Parking Authority‘s Lot “A” on Morris Avenue.