Developer chosen to overhaul Southtown Court into a mixed-use community

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District selected a developer for the massive overhaul of Southtown Court, the 25-acre housing project that serves 455 families along University Boulevard, making the project one step closer to a reality.

HABD commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday morning to make Bayer PropertiesBrasfield & Gorriethe Benoit GroupA.G. Gaston ConstructionSPM Property ManagementCorporate RealtyBREC Development partners on developing the project. The companies are calling the partnership Southside Development Company.

The partners made an initial pitch in December. The concept would be a mixed-use, mixed-income development, meaning the housing would be a combination of subsidized public housing units and units leased at a market rate. Initial ideas included housing and parking throughout the development, an affordable senior community, office and medical space, green space, many retail parcels and even possibly a hotel. 

 

HABD President and CEO Michael Lundy said Tuesday's vote essentially just makes an agreement to work with a developer to make a development master plan. 

"The master development agreement would have to be approved by the board. That's when you really get into the nitty gritty," Lundy said.  

Except for the Benoit Group, which is based in Atlanta, all partners are based in Birmingham.

 

Southtown Court was built in the 1940s. HABD hopes to replicate revitalization efforts at downtown's Park Place and Tuxedo Terrace in Ensley. In July, HABD put out a request for proposals for a multi-million dollar project to transform the site into a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District selected a developer for the massive overhaul of Southtown Court, the 25-acre housing project that serves 455 families along University Boulevard, making the project one step closer to a reality.

HABD commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday morning to make Bayer PropertiesBrasfield & Gorriethe Benoit GroupA.G. Gaston ConstructionSPM Property ManagementCorporate RealtyBREC Development partners on developing the project. The companies are calling the partnership Southside Development Company.

The partners made an initial pitch in December. The concept would be a mixed-use, mixed-income development, meaning the housing would be a combination of subsidized public housing units and units leased at a market rate. Initial ideas included housing and parking throughout the development, an affordable senior community, office and medical space, green space, many retail parcels and even possibly a hotel. 

 

HABD President and CEO Michael Lundy said Tuesday's vote essentially just makes an agreement to work with a developer to make a development master plan. 

"The master development agreement would have to be approved by the board. That's when you really get into the nitty gritty," Lundy said.  

Except for the Benoit Group, which is based in Atlanta, all partners are based in Birmingham.

Southtown Court was built in the 1940s. HABD hopes to replicate revitalization efforts at downtown's Park Place and Tuxedo Terrace in Ensley. In July, HABD put out a request for proposals for a multi-million dollar project to transform the site into a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

- By AL.com