ATT City Center

Much of the AT&T City Center, located at the corner of 6th Avenue North and 19th Street North, is being marketed as hotel and residential space after AT&T announced plans to vacate the building.
Photo by Wallace Golding / Managine Editor

Connor McDonald
Community Editor

Several new projects around town have been announced in the last month including both new construction and renovations.

New Construction

  • Plans for a $40 million 17-story high-rise apartment complex were announced for the Five Points Neighborhood and will be built on the current site of the Break on 20th Street South. The building will be 183 feet tall and will include 14 efficiency units, 28 studio units, 14 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units, 14 three-bedroom units and 84 four-bedroom units. The ground floor will include 3,844 square feet of retail space.
  • The third and largest building in the 20 Midtown development is set to begin construction. The building, located in the Midtown area, will take up a full city block and will include 246 apartments and a pool on the fourth floor. The first floor will contain about 40,000 square feet of space for retail and office use.
  • UAB announced plans to build a $60 million dorm that will include 780 beds. The building, which will include a 400 seat dining hall, will be nine stories and will be located at the corner of 10th Avenue South and 16th Street South.
  • UAB announced that $4.8 million will be used to construct new intramural fields between 5th and 6th Avenue South and 11th and 12th Street South. UAB also announced a new $3 million building for the ROTC program and a new $3.5 million track and field facility next to the soccer stadium.
  • UAB announced the demolition of the Purple Onion and Formaggio’s buildings on 10th Avenue South.


  • The top 18 floors of the 30-floor AT&T City Center are being marketed for hotel and residential development. AT&T had previously announced plans to vacate the building. While plans are far from solidified, one proposal includes 163,000 square feet of office space on floors two to 10, a 130-room upscale hotel on floors 11 to 14 and 200 residential apartments starting on floor 15. The proposal also includes additional improvements such as possible retail or restaurant space on the ground floor.
  • A new sushi and ramen restaurant will open in Five Points South in the former dry cleaners space next to Golden Temple. The restaurant, which will be known as Ikko, is expected to open Aug. 1.
  • The Woodlawn Foundation announced plans to convert a former Title Bucks at 5803 59th Street North into a restaurant and food incubator. The Woodlawn Foundation is partnering with REV Birmingham for the project. REV Birmingham plans to develop a rentable, commercial kitchen for use by the community in the space.
  • Plans were announced by Joseph McClure Commercial Real Estate to renovate the former Bon Ton Hatters building. The plans include retail space on the first floor with lofts on the floors above. As a nod to what Birmingham’s oldest business, McClure plans to restore and use the old Bon Ton Hatters sign and may name the building after it.
  • The high-end men’s streetwear shop Alchemy 213 has closed its 20th Street North location in preparation to move into the newly-renovated Pizitz building.

Connor McDonald can be reached at and on Twitter @theconmcdon.

Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email

Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

pres pose 3 1 of 5Siddharth Srikakolapu

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Lauren Moore/Campus Editor

As a young and growing institution, UAB looks to student leaders to help shape the future of the university. USGA hosted their 2018 Presidential Debate Thursday, March 1.

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Black Panther Movie Review  

Jo Wright
Life & Style Reporter

The release of Black Panther over President’s Day weekend spurred plenty of excitement, evidenced by its immense success in the box office. The original estimate of $165 million was eclipsed by the $242 million made domestically. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, features a nearly all-black cast and qualitative female-empowering roles.   

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How to survive to school shooting: Capt. Amy Schreiner shares with students how to live through an on-campus shooting

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly half of those who commit or attempt to carry out a homicide at a school usually present some type of warning sign, such as telling others about their plan or leaving a note before the event.   

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