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On the agenda: A new home for the Birmingham Batmobile?

Birmingham_Batman. Courtesy of BhamWikiThe most interesting item on this morning’s Birmingham City Council agenda involves the Batmobile. Back in 2007 we linked to a post written by Lou Anders about Birmingham’s BatmanWillie Perry.

The car that Perry drove around while providing assistance to those in need has been the focus of a lot of attention in recent years. Today, so long as the issue isn’t deferred again, it will find a new home. Item 2 on today’s agenda hopes to accomplish just that as it would allow the mayor to enter into an agreement with Old Car Heaven to house the car for an indefinite period of time.

This morning’s agenda also includes potential approvals for contracts with companies to demolish structures throughout the city (Items 9-14) as well as a funding request that would allow Main Street Birmingham to move forward with plans to develop an arts incubator in the Woodlawn commercial district (Item 6).

It should be an interesting meeting to watch… The live stream begins with pre-council at 9 a.m.

Farewell to the Haunted House

Farewell to the Haunted House acnatta/FlickrDriving through Birmingham’s Lakeview district today you may notice construction equipment demolishing what was once an annual tradition for many locals come Halloween.

The structure that used to house the Birmingham Jaycees‘ Haunted House is in the process of being leveled. The home last hosted the organization’s annual fundraiser in 2004, though attempts were made to hold one there in 2006.

The city’s oldest young professional organization, responsible for things including the design of the city’s flag,  is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year (making it the 3rd oldest chapter in the United States). It’s looking forward to marking the occasion with events this fall.

Photo: Farewell to the Haunted House. acnatta/Flickr

Samford to take down Ramsay Hall

We just received word that Samford University has announced plans to take down Ramsay Hall, the all-male residence hall that suffered a roof collapse in March of 2008, having “…reached a resolution in the insurance process.”

 The announcement was made earlier this evening via an email sent by the university’s vice president for operations and planning, Dr. Sarah Latham, to students and faculty.

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Walls fall on the Southside

Photo: Travis Bryant/bhamterminal.com

Today demolition crews started tearing down the former homes of Jim Reed Books, Scott’s Koneys, FedEx/Kinko’s and the Birmingham Water Works to allow for construction to begin for the highly anticipated Block 121 development. The project, being developed by Corporate Realty Development and Inland American Communities Group is slated to include retail space and 258 rental units. The last tenant on the block, Express Oil Change, moved to its new location on University Blvd. earlier this year, while Scott’s Koney’s and FedEx/Kinko’s moved nearly a year ago.

UPDATE: A different view may be coming soon

Photo: acnatta/bhamterminal.com

UPDATE: The Birmingham News reports that UAB pulled the item from the agenda earlier this evening.

That evening rush hour view along I-65 may be getting a change soon (and one that may give northbound travelers something to look at. The Birmingham News learned that UAB planned to make a presentation to the university system’s board of trustees asking that they be allowed to purchase the Medical Center Inn; plans are said to involve an expansion of athletic fields for the school. More importantly for many, it means no more Waffle House in the city center (and right after they started to accept credit cards too).

We’ll see if we can learn anything else (or see if someone else does first) and let you know.

A look back: June 30


The Alabama Public Service Commission approved the demolition of the Birmingham Terminal Station.


SouthTrust Tower was purchased by Atanta’s Barry Real Estate for $55 million.

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We should have gotten the sign first

A little while back we wrote about the continuing pleas of the Forest Park-South Avondale to have the former Avonwood Cleaners demolished as it had become an eyesore in the community. Well, it looks like their prayers have been answered as the Birmingham News reports that the tear down has started.

It’ll hopefully be down by next week.

The contract to remove hazardous materials was originally on the January 2 Birmingham City Council agenda for approval (item 34).