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.

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