Connor McDonald
Community Editor

At their May 30 regular meeting, the City Council approved resolutions accepting a grant for the creation of the Birmingham Bus Rapid Transit Project, applying for grants to build a new Arts Tech Hub at Sloss Furnaces and transferring ownership of a parcel of land to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society for redevelopment.

City Council consented to the transfer of ownership of the 27-acre brownfield formerly home to Ingalls Iron Works and then, later, Trinity Steel on 6th Avenue South just west of I-65. Plans for the property call for it to eventually connect to the Rotary Trail.

The site, which is situated in the North Titusville neighborhood, will be redeveloped and may contain facilities for a new Animal Care and Control facility, a new pet adoption and education center, amenities for the citizens and residents of the city and county to utilize and enjoy with their pets, a new Birmingham Police Department K-9 training and housing facility and a community dog park together with a path for running and walking.

Plans also include a shelter hospital and veterinarian clinic for veterinary schools to operate a program using students, a veterinary clinic for the organization Pets for Life, who provide off-the-street care for pets of low-income citizens and seniors, a dorm for four to eight veterinary students to provide 24-hour care and oversight on the property.

The council also approved a grant agreement with the United States Department of Transportation accepting an award for a $20 million grant under the National Infrastructure Investments Discretionary Grant Program. The city is required to match funds of no less than $20 million.

The funds will be used for the Birmingham Bus Rapid Transit Project, which will create bus-exclusive lanes to connect Birmingham’s neighborhoods and aims to reduce public transportation commute times.

The council approved Mayor William Bell to submit a grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts for an amount of $100,000 to fund the creation of a new Art Tech Hub at Sloss Furnaces. The funds, which were awarded June 1, will allow the city to develop a masterplan for a new arts and technology complex at the site of the national historic landmark.

Connor McDonald can be reached at conmcdon@uab.edu or on Twitter @theconmcdon.

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