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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.

UPDATE: Water main break in Norwood

Not really sure of the extent of dmage, but we do know that there was a water main break in Birmingham’s Norwood community this morning near the intersection of Norwood Boulevard and 16th Avenue North. According to the Birmingham Water Works, a crew is on the way to assess and repaired the situation this afternoon.

Norwood’s Home Tour a fun way to explore neighborhood’s past, present

How does a century-old neighborhood on the rebound in North Birmingham reintroduce itself to metro Birmingham? Similar to how new home communities advertise themselves – with a collective “open house”.

That’s the big idea behind the first annual Historic Norwood Home Tour, taking place May 2nd from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Its organizers, all neighbors, are calling it a “hard hat” tour because all of the homes included have either been totally renovated or are in the middle of that process. They hope the tour will inspire with ideas and provide first-hand tips on how to manage a home renovation.

Eleven homes will be open for tours with proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Norwood Resource Center, a local community non-profit operating in one of Norwood’s restored homes. Local businesses are taking out ads in the tour’s guide to cover the expense for putting on the event.

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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.