Tag Archives: Fountain Heights

Fountain Heights’ new rec center well underway

New Fountain Heights rec center under constructionTwo years ago when the Fountain Heights Recreation Center was included on the list of nine such facilities across the city of Birmingham that could potentially be closed as a cost-cutting measure, it’s safe to assume no one would’ve thought we’d be looking at significant progress being made on its new, larger replacement.

Folks driving along I-65 have probably seen the new structure going up on their right as they make their way north in recent months. Bids for the privilege to build the project were due to City Hall early last May – a good reason why sharing a photo of its progress seemed like the right thing to do this afternoon.

According to the original inclusion in the city’s 2008-2012 capital budget, the purpose of the then estimated $1.5 million project (PDF – it’s 681 pages – you’ve been warned – the rendering is on page 1 though), designed by Exford Architects, was to replace the existing gym due to unstable soil and structural fatigue. Based on the original estimate of 245 days to complete the project, we may see folks using it and the park’s new playground by the end of the year.

Will a village emerge in Norwood?

Pepsi Refresh screenshotSeveral Birmingham-area organizations have turned to national online projects like the Pepsi Refresh project to try to secure funding for projects in recent months. One more has joined the fray in recent weeks. As of this posting it was ranked 152nd; the top two vote getters receive the prize for that month.

The Village, a non-profit ministry started in January 2008, is hoping to win $250,000 from the national program to help the organization secure the former Carraway Medical Center property just north of the city’s central business district – one they’ve been looking at for several months. The property would be turned into a “home and youth center for teens…”

The Village’s executive director, Andy Jenkins, has already asked folks visiting his blog to vote and help spread the word about the grant proposal, which would provide for salaries as well as operating expenses for three months.

The historic hospital complex in question is located amid several residential neighborhoods. These include Druid Hills, Fountain Heights and Norwood, an area that many in the city think will be the next one to see an urban revival.

Area homeowners have told Birmingham City Councilor Johnathan Austin that they oppose such a use of the facility while signs have begun to appear in Norwood voicing concern.