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Design Review: Avondale Brewing Company, Hop City and Social Venture on the upgrade list

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

The Design Review Committee closed the month with a short agenda featuring residential projects, patios, renovations, and (of course) signage.

Redmont Park Residential
Another Redmont Park residential renovation was considered by the committee this week. The owners had decided not to complete a previously approved project and decided to replace…

Blight to right in Five Points South

blog by Emily Lowrey  •   •  

I like to drive up to 18th Avenue South in Five Points on occasion to look at the city scape and contemplate how it’s changing.  Inevitably, I land on “Why have other cities solved some of the problems we haven’t even begun to recognize yet?” and for me that question always ties into how we as a community care for our buildings.

That’s especially…

Design Review: moving in, moving out and moving forward

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

The Design Review Committee kicked off April with a rather long, but especially interesting, meeting.

Redmont Park Residential
Both residential projects brought before the committee had already been through the neighborhood process and approved by the Redmont advisory committee. The first site, on Redmont Road, requested approval for new…

Design Review: brewery in Lakeview, bank headquarters on Highland

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

Every two weeks the city’s Design Review Committee convenes at the Auburn University Urban Studio to discuss and approve – hopefully – plans to make alterations to the city’s structures that fall within one of the many historic and commercial revitalization districts. 

Five Points South
First Partners Bank is opening a branch and moving…

Design Review: Mellow Mushroom facelift and Morris gets a mural

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

Every two weeks the city’s Design Review Committee convenes at the Auburn University Urban Studio to discuss and approve – hopefully – plans to make alterations to the city’s structures that fall within one of the many historic and commercial revitalization districts.  This week the committee tackled signage, outdoor café spaces, a mural…

Design Review approves renovations, restorations, and rejuvenation in Birmingham

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

This week the Design Review Committee was met with a short, but varied, agenda.

Five Points West / Fair Park
Scott Electric Sign Company, on behalf of the Family Dollar Store on Bessemer Road, presented plans to install new signage updated with the logo and new branding campaign. After a short discussion, the committee approved.

Avondale
The…

Design Review: 01/09

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

This week’s meeting was the first meeting of the Design Review Committee of the new year. The majority of the agenda items were structural for a change, with very little about signage.

Highland Park
Live Design Group presented the conceptual designs for the new St. Symeon Orthodox Church on 8th Avenue South/Clairmont Avenue. The project…

Powell School windows boarded

blog by MCP Staff  •   •  

The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation isn’t normally in the business of stabilizing buildings, or selling them for that matter.  In fact, Powell School is the only building the organization, which normally focuses on education and advocacy, is working on in Birmingham. 

The city of Birmingham gifted the school to the Alabama Trust for…

12/19 Design Review

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

This week’s meeting was the final meeting of the Design Review Committee until the new year. The majority of the agenda items were signage, of course, and some façade renovations, plus a return visit from a parking lot landscape upgrade.

Woodlawn
Smiles for Keeps presented their signage plan for the dentist’s office on First Avenue South. …

Design Review: new hotel in Five Points South and Harbert’s sign battle wages on

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

This week’s meeting presented a number of exciting projects going on in the city – and, of course, some signage requests. It wouldn’t be a Design Review meeting without signage.

Morris Avenue
Kinetic Communications continues to renovate their office site on Morris Avenue. This week, Mike Gibson from Appleseed Workshop brought some window…

Design Review approves signage projects, lots of them

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

21st Street North
The local AIA office is moving into the former Bare Hands Gallery space. Alex Krumdiek, from Krumdiek A+I, presented plans for some façade renovations and an updated wooden awning. The AIA hopes this new location will enable them to provide better outreach to their community. After reviewing drawings for the new wooden awning,…

Design Review talks new music venues, greenspace, and terra cotta roofs

blog by Rebecca Dobrinski  •   •  

Construction of new music venue Iron City Live. This view allows you to see the location of the venue. Credit: Iron City Live.

Meanwhile, at Design Review…

This week’s committee meeting agenda items were a bit more varied than the signage requests lately. From renovations to signs spanning properties from Redmont to downtown, the committee had quite a few things on its plate…

Renovations
Red Mountain Suburbs:
Up in Redmont, the purchasers of a house renovated in…

Crestwood Tour of Homes highlights historic Birmingham neighborhood

blog by Mandy Shunnarah  •   •  

A view into the Flemings' master bedroom. Check out those windows! See more homes like this one at the Crestwood Tour of Homes.

Crestwood is hosting its Tour of Homes event this weekend. On Sunday, September 9 from noon to 3:00 p.m., you can see the historic architecture of one of Birmingham’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Meet the residents (perhaps your future neighbors), hear the history behind the homes, get renovation tips, and find inspiration for decorating in…

Roebuck Marketplace hosts grand opening for three businesses today

blog by Mandy Shunnarah  •   •  

East Birmingham shopping center Roebuck Marketplace welcomed three new businesses during today’s grand opening ceremonies.

Through the efforts of American Commercial Realty, which owns the facility, the Birmingham City Council, and the business owners, Abbey Carpet and Floor, Beauty Town, and DTLR have joined the city’s eastern commercial…

Talkin’ trash

blog by Emily Lowrey  •   •  

Would you buy a home in a neighborhood where garbage is carelessly dumped out by the street, container or not?  I did, and everyday when I drive by what looks to me like mountains of garbage, my stomach turns.  While to some Southside residents it may just be part of the scenery, I moved back to Birmingham a year ago and I see bright, blinking…

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Magic City Post will pause for a moment starting at 8:30am on Friday, December 21st in remembrance of victims of gun violence in Connecticut and also here in our own community. By the end of 2012, at least 56 Birminghamians will have died in gun-related homicides. We pray for peace, love and healing for all.