By Hannah Warren
Photo: Birmingham City Council livestream
A new apartment complex and an exclusive club are to be constructed in Birmingham soon, after the City Council agreed to re-zone the old areas in their meeting Tuesday.
The first areas were requested for rezoning to Mixed-Use High District and they were previously zoned as a heavy and light industrial district said Calvin Abram, serving as zoning administrator.
“Proposed use is a new five story multifamily complex and 253 surface parking spaces,” Abram said.
Abram said the site is currently the T.E. Stevens construction yard.
T.E. Stevens is moving to a different location and they expect to start construction within the first three months of 2021, according to Tyler Bowers of TWG Development. The property will also include amenities such as a pool and dog park for tenant use.
“I’m extremely excited about this project,” said Councilman Darrell O’Quinn, “and I think it’s going to be transformational for that 1st Avenue South corridor.”
This request was unanimously approved by the council.
The second property discussed for rezoning was formerly a car garage and is zoned as Neighborhood Commercial District, according to Abram. The request was for it to be rezoned in order for it to become a members-only club.
“Staff identifies the applicant request as spot zoning,” Abram said. “Spot zoning is the process of singling out a small parcel of land for a use classification totally different from that of the surrounding area for the benefit of the owner of such property and to be of detriment to others.”
Abram also said that approval is not recommended due to the area not being supportive. However, the Planning and Zoning Committee met previously and allowed it to be recommended for approval, if the business hours are only between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. said Abram.
Edward Fletcher, a representative for the owner, said the club will be private so they know who comes to the club and can prevent people who are disruptive from returning.
Councilman John Hilliard said he was supportive of the proposed club.
“I think this is a great idea. I like seeing these types of things coming to our neighborhoods,” Hilliard said.
However, Councilman O’Quinn said that he would not support the club because of experiences of dealing with a club in his district that has had problems.
“Just from my personal experience it has been a difficult situation for us to try and deal with,” O’Quinn said. “So, I would caution my fellow councillors against potentially creating a similar situation.”
The request was granted with five votes of yes, three no and one abstain.
In other business:
- A bid for the purchase of body armor for the Birmingham Police Department was approved.
- There was approval for the $12,500 agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company.
Birmingham City Council meetings take place every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and can be attended at City Hall or virtually via the council website or Facebook Live.
Edited by Ryan Michaels & John H. Glenn