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PNC Bank signs set to appear in Birmingham on March 2

PNC Bank sign installationThe Birmingham-area locations of RBC Bank have been the scene of images like this one to your left in recent weeks. This photo was taken at the branch located on Crestwood Blvd. last Wednesday, February 15.

The agreement to sell the branches (and all of the U.S. operations) to Pittsburgh, PA-based PNC Bank was announced back in June. Now they’re being prepared for when the change becomes official on March 2. Branches will reopen on March 5 – with no noticeable changes made to the customer-facing side (as reported by the Birmingham Business Journal).

PNC Bank logoIt will be interesting to see how the company integrates into the local business community. Considering the increased focus on sustainable development that’s been happening in the area – particularly UAB’s recent Sustainable Cities Symposium and yesterday’s Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail master plan announcement – the city’s newest financial institution could be an interesting fit.

The bank announced last May that it would undertake constructing a new 33-story corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh – The Tower at PNC Plaza – with hopes that it would be “the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper.” The company is also reportedly responsible for the most new construction projects LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council on the planet. – There are also their company-wide sustainability initiatives (PDF) to keep in mind, including their Green Branch® Locations program.

Random Shots: The sign goes up at Avondale Park

Avondale Park sign goes upThanks to Brian Barrett for letting us use his image of the sign being installed at Avondale Park earlier today.

The sign is part of a nearly $3 million renovation of the park that was mostly completed in November. A dedication ceremony recognizing what had already been completed was held back on November 19.

The project included restoring the park’s amphitheater and its dressing rooms. The property once served as the home to Birmingham’s first zoo.

There are still more things to be done, including the installation of a statue recognizing the park’s most famous resident – Miss Fancy – to stand in front of the sign. For those not familiar with the area around the park, the new sign is located at the northern entrance to the park where 41st Street meets 5th Avenue South.

The date for next year’s Art in Avondale Park has also been announced – probably the first time many will see the improvements. It’ll be held on Saturday, May 5.

Photo: “new sign going up at Avondale Park! #bham” tterrabab/instagram.

A new addition (sort of) to the Birmingham skyline

The skyline's a changing again

Photo: acnatta/Flickr.

If you take a closer look at the photo above (or look up if you’re downtown), you’ll notice that work is going on atop Regions Bank’s Birmingham headquarters. The building has only had signs visible on two sides during its history, dating back to its days as AmSouth Tower. The new signs will allow folks approaching The Magic City from all sides to immediately pick out the building.

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).

Random Shots: Sending a message

Avonwood Cleaners

Photo credit: Chotty via Flickr

Some residents in Forest Park-South Avondale decided that they would ask Birmingham’s new mayor for a favor during the early days of his administration. The old Avonwood Cleaners building has sat vacant for years and has already suffered a fallen in roof and vandalism as mentioned in this story from August. This group simply wants the building taken down, though it the city did say in August that it may take as long as six months to clean up the property before demolition. They decided it was time to make sure that folks remembered that they wanted it down; so up went the sign on December 1…

Now if we could just get that old metal sign on the side of the building for our office…