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  1. The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative will build the Memorial to Peace and Justice, a national memorial to victims of lynching in America, on Caroline Street, just off the Selma-to-Montgomery March route and just a few blocks from the Rosa Parks Museum. The Equal Justice Initiative also announced plans for a new museum to trace the history of African-Americans from slavery to mass incarceration. National memorial to lynching victims to be built in Montgomery YouTube videos: EJI Lynching Memorial, EJI Museum, Slavery to Mass Incarceration
  2. Here's the location, which is just west from the 79C development on Bibb St.
  3. A new downtown hotel will be under construction in August. A StayBridge Suites extended stay hotel will be built on Bibb Street where the skate park is now. The skate park will be redesigned and rebuilt at a location to be determined. New hotel, skate park coming to downtown Montgomery Another new downtown hotel is expected to be announced in August. This might be the official announcement of the renovation of the Bishop-Parker Building into a hotel. Downtown Montgomery landmark sold, set to become hotel Montgomery gets aggressive in push for more downtown hotels
  4. Per the Press-Register, officials are expected to announce a fall opening date for the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The press conference will start at 11 a.m. at 155 N. Water Street in Mobile. At last, city officials expected to announce opening date for GulfQuest museum --- Edit: The $62 million GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico will open on September 26, 2015. This should give Mobile's tourist numbers a big boost in years ahead. GulfQuest Maritime Museum to open in September
  5. It's official, construction will begin in a few months on a new 155,600 sq. ft., five-story courthouse in downtown Mobile! The new courthouse, with a far more traditional design than the original, will occupy one city block rather than most of two as called for in the Safdie concept. An $89 million construction contract was awarded for the two-phase federal courthouse project. The new federal courthouse, bounded by St. Joseph, St. Louis, Conception and St. Anthony streets, should be complete by December 2018. Phase two, renovation of the existing courthouse across the street, should be com
  6. A new site plan for CityCentre at Big Spring was released by the developers a couple of days ago and the development is now being described as a roughly $100 project. The new site plan wraps some residential liner around parking and includes the area previously designated for phase II of the project. New plan looks a little more urban. Definitely an improvement over the old Holiday Inn and its parking lots. Updated Site Plan for CityCentre at Big Spring Old site plan
  7. A 48 unit apartment complex is under construction adjacent to the Five Points commercial district in the Old Cloverdale neighborhood just south of downtown. The new development replaces an outbuilding on what was part of the Old Cloverdale School property. The old schoolhouse will remain intact as part of the Huntingdon College campus. Old Cloverdale to get high-end apartments
  8. Plans for a $40 million, 260-unit residential development in the Lakeview District were approved yesterday by the Birmingham Design Review Committee. The Metropolitan Apartments project will fill almost an entire block on 7th Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets. Construction is set to begin this spring and finish in 2017. It seems like forever since the little Rocky's Pizza building was torn down on that corner. Great to see this kind of quality infill going in there. Construction to begin in spring on $40 million Metropolitan Apartments in Lakeview
  9. The 2002 Moshe Safdie and Associates design for a new federal courthouse appears to be dead and the now-funded project has been scaled back from 322,261 square feet to 138,000 square feet. Counting previously appropriated funds, the total now available for the project is $118 million, while the latest estimate in 2009 for the Safdie design was $181 million. Space for court clerks has been downgraded from the Safdie design (apparently a good thing because files are now digitized), and the probation and pretrial services offices would instead be located in the existing U.S. Courthouse. The U
  10. Good news for the Huntsville economy as two major manufacturing plants are set to begin operations in 2016: Polaris will build a new $142 million all-terrain vehicle plant in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County next to an existing Target distribution center along I-565. The plant will build the Ace, Ranger and RZR models and will ramp up employment from 400 full-time workers in 2016 to 1,700 in 2021. Construction is set to begin this May. $142 million Polaris ATV factory to begin rising in May What Polaris' manufacturing "campus" will look like when complete Also on track fo
  11. Whole Foods plans to open a second Birmingham area store in Hoover as part of the redevelopment of Riverchase Village at the corner of US 31 and AL 150. The new Whole Foods Market will be in the former Bruno's location. This new store is part of a major expansion by Whole Foods in Alabama. Three other new stores are being built in Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville. Whole Foods to open second Birmingham area store in Hoover
  12. A couple of major projects in the works in the downtown area: A $70 million mixed-use redevelopment project called CityCentre at Big Spring is scheduled to open in 2016 on the site of the closed Holiday Inn across from Big Spring Park. Phase I of the development will include a boutique hotel, 200 residential units, 31,000 square feet of retail, and 53,000 square feet of office space. If built, Phase II of the project would cost $30 million and add a 130-key urban hotel and 50,000 square feet of commercial and office space. $70 million mixed-use project renamed CityCentre at Big Spring
  13. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson plans to go ahead and build the long-discussed Mardis Gras Park with an open-air market inspired by the Charleston City Market and New Orleans' French Market. The market would include room for 40 vendors. Mardis Gras Park plans include an open-air market
  14. I'm guessing this will be in the old deli location at the Commerce St. entrance. Jimmy John's is a strong brand and could definitely drive some additional foot traffic there.
  15. 7 1/2 miles, wow... if we could just get a half mile done here in Gumptown from the state capitol to our riverfront, I would stand in front of Bryant-Denny on game day and scream "War Eagle" a thousand times at the top of my lungs. Sincerely hope that your state transportation department is supportive of such projects and that this gets done as planned. Roughly a decade behind your city in adopting a master plan based on New Urbanism, we love to see these kinds of projects and hope that we'll see similar success down the road.
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