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CityVille/Block 121 mixed-use project

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Today's "Business briefs" in the Birmingham news showed a "Cityville Development Partners LLC" purchasing "Block 121" (1st & 2nd Ave S, 20th & 21st St) for $4.3 million. According to the article, they are planning "a 2.5-acre retail and residential apartment community."

I suppose this means that Corporate Realty Development's plans for a Hyatt Place hotel and mixed-use tower have been scuttled.

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Today's "Business briefs" in the Birmingham news showed a "Cityville Development Partners LLC" purchasing "Block 121" (1st & 2nd Ave S, 20th & 21st St) for $4.3 million. According to the article, they are planning "a 2.5-acre retail and residential apartment community."

I suppose this means that Corporate Realty Development's plans for a Hyatt Place hotel and mixed-use tower have been scuttled.

I think it is for the best. It would be much better if we simply wait until we get an actual Hyatt Regency instead rather than a Hyatt Place hotel like Hoover.

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Today's "Business briefs" in the Birmingham news showed a "Cityville Development Partners LLC" purchasing "Block 121" (1st & 2nd Ave S, 20th & 21st St) for $4.3 million. According to the article, they are planning "a 2.5-acre retail and residential apartment community."

I suppose this means that Corporate Realty Development's plans for a Hyatt Place hotel and mixed-use tower have been scuttled.

I realize that this was only a couple of months ago, but is the "Block 121" project still on board to come or are they too waiting on the Railroad Park?

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The $35 million project at Block 121 has begun with the demolition of existing buildings on the block. The CityVille mixed-use project will include 256 upscale apartments, 22,000 sq ft of retail space and restaurants, and a 360-space parking deck. Developers hope to complete the project, which should complement the nearby Hyatt Place project (20th St and 4th Ave S), by spring or summer of 2010. The city helped the tenants in the existing buildings, which included Scott's Koneys and FedEx/Kinko's, find other downtown locations.

Nice project for midtown!

Long-delayed building project near UAB starts demolition

Project fact sheet:

Block.121.Fact.Sheet.pdf

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Renderings of the Cityville/Block 121 project and nearby Hyatt Place hotel from the Corporate Realty website:

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A couple of cell phone pics taken this past week:

Existing buildings demolished on CityVille block

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Hyatt Place construction well underway

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The irony of this development is that Inland American Communities Group, Inc. already have the University House Birmingham development nearly 6 blocks to the west along 2nd Avenue and 14th Street, so this shouldn't be anything new for them. As a matter of fact, after reading up about this development, it sounds like a compliation of what University House and regular loft development would be.

They've started moving dirt on the site because yesterday afternoon I saw the bulldozers and graters doing some major preliminary work.

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Cityville is complete and tenants have moved in. Nice infill just a couple of blocks from the railroad park. Looks like there is some commercial space left to rent, but otherwise it's done.

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