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BJCC posts Marketplace renderings online via Facebook

Marketplace General OverviewThe BJCC posted architectural renderings of their long-planned entertainment district to their fan page on Facebook yesterday.

The proposal has gone before (and was approved by) Birmingham’s Design Review Committee in April and a drive by the construction site gives folks the impression that substantial work will begin soon. There were some concerns about a digital sign included in the design proposal though it appears as though they’ve been settled. Visitors to the fan page’s post have offered additional feedback on the design and the project.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new development, including a new hotel, restaurants and shops, was held back in late-January.

They also announced that there would be a link to a progress camera in the coming weeks and hinted that they’d be taking suggestions for the development’s name. Its working name is currently The Marketplace.

On the agenda: Hotels and contracts

Official flag of the City of BirminghamConsidering how many items are on currently on consent this morning, you’d assume that the first Birmingham City Council meeting of 2011 should move as quickly as the last one of the year. We already know that this will most likely not be the case because of the expected proposal from Mayor Bell about to use that expected $9 million mid-year budget surplus.

BBVA Compass Bowl logoItems 4-27 cover an insanely large amount of properties being taxed for overgrown weeds, meaning that by the time you get to page 32 you may not be in the mood to look at Item 29 (it allows the city to enter into an agreement with ESPN Regional Television to help publicize the BBVA Compass Bowl for the next four years – beginning with this year’s edition.

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New hotel possible for Birmingham’s midtown

Shortly after Larry Langford finished his remarks at yesterday’s Operation New Birmingham (ONB) Breakfast Briefing, ONB President Michael Calvert eluded to the possibility of another developer possibly announcing plans to build a new hotel on Birmingham’s Southside in the near future.

The Birmingham Business Journal provides additional information about this and other announcements made yesterday. We’ve also heard that the proposed hotel may operate within the Hilton family.

A mini building boom on the city’s Northside

Future hotel site in Norwood


We’ve got one more – hotel that is. After announcing that they’d renovate the former McArthur School as part of a purchase of the former Carraway Methodist Medical Center, representatives of Shinsegae USA have announced plans to build a new hotel to service their potential new purchase. The hotel would service the hospital as well as provide additional rooms for events and conferences at the BJCC.

Mayor Langford decided to have the building sitting on the property identified by the potential investors leveled while details about its and the hospital’s purchase are being finalized. Here’s what’s left of the warehouse that once stood at 12th Avenue North and Carraway Blvd.

Random Shots: A reminder of what’s to come

One of two banners hanging on a downtown Birmingham, AL skyscraper that formerly served as headquarters for Regions Bank. It is slated to be transformed into the second Marriott Renaissance Hotel in the metropolitan area.

André Natta/bhamterminal.com.

This is one of two banners that are hanging on the corner of the former Regions Bank headquarters in downtown Birmingham that were installed earlier this week. The signs announce the pending arrival of a Renaissance Hotel in the city center and mention the partners and participants in the project. Doesn’t hurt that it references the city’s new logo either.

Random Shots: Parliament House Hotel update

Parliament House Hotel

Bob Farley/f8photo

Since the Parliament House Motor Hotel came down on February 17, workers have been slowly clearing away the rubble. Here a wroker tries to keep the dust down by spraying water on debris being loaded onto to trucks.

La Paree’s coming down

La Paree restaurant sign

André Natta/Flickr

This longtime downtown Birmingham sign will soon be going away. Harbert Realty Services announced this morning that they will be demolishing the former La Paree restaurant, located at 2013 5th Avenue North, to allow for more space in the planned 4-Diamond Marriott Renaissance Hotel. The $52 million luxury hotel will be contained in the former Regions Bank headquarters at the intersection of 5th Avenue North and 20th Street.

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