Activist Banned From Mall; Langford Released: The Week In News

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The week of December 23-29 was not just filled with Christmas carols and Santa Claus. Some significant news items made headlines this past week in the Birmingham metro area, and unfortunately a large number of those stories involved violence, as Birmingham saw its 2018 homicide total inch closer toward 110.

In another news item, a local activist found himself banned from the Riverchase Galleria due to protests over the death of EJ Bradford. As well, former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford was released from federal prison.

Here are the stories that made headlines this past week:

Activist Carlos Chaverst Jr. Banned From Galleria For One Year

Despite the Birmingham Justice League coming to some form of agreement with city officials in Hoover regarding protests surrounding the death of EJ Bradford, activist Carlos Chaverst Jr. has continued with protests and has now been banned from entering the Riverchase Galleria for a year.

A shooting in Fairfield Christmas Day claimed the life of a 27-year-old man in an apartment complex behind Miles College. Romero Deon McMorris was shot and killed Christmas morning at approximately 7:15.

After pleas from activist groups, local politicians and family, former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford has been released from federal prison. A federal judge Friday afternoon reduced Langford’s sentence for corruption to time served due to Langford’s failing health.

After more than 24 hours of continuous rainfall Thursday and Friday morning, parts of Alabama are left with some major flooding issues. While most areas of the state saw between two and four inches of rainfall, some counties received nearly six inches.

The Birmingham Police Department is searching for a suspect it has identified in a Christmas Eve shooting in a Birmingham Piggly Wiggly grocery store. The female suspect is a former employee of the store who police say shot and killed 28-year-old Jerika Manuel.

Photo of Piggly Wiggly shooting suspect via Birmingham PD

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Birmingham apartment complex sells for $56 million

New York-based private equity group White Eagle Property Group has purchased Wildwood Crossings Apartments, a 520-unit complex in Birmingham, for $56 million.

According to Berkadia Real Estate Advisors, the complex received 29 offers after it went on the market in late May. It was built in 1997-98 in Lakeshore and managed by Birmingham’s MDIC Management since its initial construction.

Senior Managing Director David Oakley and Senior Director David Wilson of Berkadia’s Birmingham office listed and brokered the transaction, with assistance from Associate Directors Caleb Frizzell and Abe Maddox.

White Eagle plans an “extensive renovation” of the apartment interiors, upgrades and new amenities.

Jeff Weiskopf, chairman and CEO of White Eagle Property Group, said Wildwood Crossings “will be a nice complement to our portfolio. We’re planning upgrades to the kitchens and bathrooms to create a next-level experience for our residents.”

Currently, White Eagle owns approximately 10,000 rental units, according to its website. The properties, located nationwide, are valued at more than $1.5 billion.

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Loft Apartment For Sale In Downtown Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Check out this amazing loft in revitalized downtown Birmingham. The home has two bedrooms and one bath and a nice open living area. This unit comes with two assigned, gated parking spots, and there is a rooftop deck with seating and a fantastic view.

Price: $234,900 Square Feet: 1218 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Baths Built: 1925 Features: Large windows that give you a great VIEW of the city. Awesome EXPOSED brick wall and HIGH ceilings will make you feel like you are living IN STYLE! Convenient to parks, shopping, nightlife and some of Birmingham’s best dining. If you want to be where the action is, this is the place for you! You will become the perfect gathering spot for your friends for Sidewalk Film Festival, the Art Walks and more. Put this one on your short list–because owning this beauty should be YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!!

This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.

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Birmingham real estate instructors complete certified real estate instructor program

Nine real estate instructors, members of the Birmingham Association of REALTORS, have earned the state recognized Certified Real Estate Instructor certification.

They are Karen Ameen, Chuck Robertson, Karon Tubbs, Jason Marquis, Jessyca McKnight, Steve McTyeire, Janet Hamm, Ginny Willis and Alicia White. Karol Murray was the instructor.

The local REALTORS(r) were among 35 Alabama Real Estate Educators Association members who recently earned the state recognized CREI certification in Montgomery.

AREEA, with the support of the Alabama Real Estate Commission education department, offers the CREI certification to real estate educators in Alabama.
Among leading advocates for real estate knowledge and information, AREEA believes that educators who have completed the CREI certification will positively impact the real estate market through creative and innovative methods of instruction that better prepare REALTORS for the dynamic real estate market.

According to a survey by the National Association of REALTORS, 88 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, a share that has steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001. A similar NAR survey indicated that 89 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent or broker when selling their home. Educators who have earned the CREI certification know how to train REALTORS to provide a higher level of expertise to maneuver the complexities of the real estate industry.

The CREI program includes three modules: Part I – Content Creation, Part II – Content Delivery, and Part III – Change and Connect. Upon successful completion of these courses, the CREI certification is awarded to attendees.
For more information, visit www.alabamareea.org.

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Classic Crestwood Bungalow For Sale In Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The historic Brewer house, a classic Crestwood Bungalow, sits on a corner lot in the highly sought after neighborhood. The welcoming front porch will be your new favorite place to relax and chat with neighbors.

Price: $310,000 Square Feet: 1448 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Baths Built: 1928 Features: Open living room with arched entryway, hardwood floors, built-ins and wood burning fire place. Formal dining room adjacent to a sunny breakfast nook, an added bonus! Updated kitchen (2015) features granite countertops, subway tiled backsplash, stainless appliances and plenty of counter/cabinet space. Main level has 3 bedrooms and full bath with the master suite (2015) located in the finished basement. Spacious master bath with double vanity, large shower and fantastic walk in closet. Open deck (replaced 2017) with hot tub overlooks the backyard. Single car garage for off street parking with great additional storage space. Home features RING security system and alarm. New roof 2018! Super convenient to UAB and downtown!

This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.

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Alabama Academy of Honor inducts five new members

Former U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon speaks at his induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor on Oct. 22, 2018 at the the State Capitol. (

The Alabama Academy of Honor inducted five new members today, recognizing them for achievement in civil rights, civic leadership and business.

The academy, created by the Legislature in 1965, includes 100 living members, plus the living governors of Alabama. The academy elects new members.

The five new members are civic leader Walter A. Bell; former U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon; Ann D. Florie, former executive director of Leadership Birmingham; D. Paul Jones, Jr., former chairman and CEO of Compass Bank; and W. Stancil (Stan) Starnes, CEO of ProAssurance Corporation.

The new members were recognized and spoke at an induction ceremony today at the State Capitol.

Here is some of the biographical information on the new inductees included in the program at today’s ceremony:

Bell was born in Buena Vista, Alabama, son of a third-generation farmer who moved the family to Mobile during World War II. Bell graduated from Central High School.

After high school he attended community college in California and served for six years in the California National Guard and was deployed during the Watts riot in Los Angeles and the People Park riot in Berkeley.

Bell moved to Indiana in 1973 and became community relations director for the Indianapolis Urban League. He wrote news articles and speeches, hosted two weekly radio shows and a monthly television show. In 1976, he produced a stage play, “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.”

Bell returned to Mobile in 1978 and founded the Mobile County Urban League, launching a 40-year career of involvement in civic, charitable, educational and economic programs.

Gov. Bob Riley appointed Bell to serve as Alabama Insurance Commissioner. From 2008 to 2015, Bell was chairman of the Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, a $17 billion subsidiary of the Swiss Reinsurance Company.

Bell graduated from Spring Hill College and served as a trustee there for 13 years. Bell’s son, W. Kamau Bell, is host of the Emmy-winning CNN show, “United Shades of America.”

Clemon was born in Fairfield in 1943, the son of sharecroppers who migrated from Mississippi.

As a student at Miles College, he participated in the Birmingham campaign for civil rights launched by Martin Luther King Jr., the campaign that led to confrontations with Police Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor. After obtaining a law degree from Columbia University, he represented black plaintiffs in major civil rights litigation against the Jefferson County school board, United States Steel Corporation, Pullman Standard Corporation and the city of Birmingham.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Clemon in 1980 to be Alabama’s first African-American judge. He retired from the bench in 2009 and resumed practicing law.

Florie, a native of Weldon, Ark., received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Newcomb College of Tulane University.

Florie was the founding executive director of Region 2020, which promoted cooperation and citizen involvement in a 12-county area in affordable housing, education, arts and culture, transportation and land use.

She served as executive director of Leadership Birmingham. Florie is an appointed member of the Jefferson County Personnel Board and serves on the executive committee of the Birmingham Business Alliance and the board of directors for the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama.

She was on the Mountain Brook Board of Education for 10 years.

Jones, born in 1942, received degrees in business and in law from the University of Alabama. He began practicing law with the predecessor to the Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham in 1967.

In 1978, Jones joined Compass Bancshares (then Central Bancshares) as senior vice president and general counsel. He served as president of the Alabama Bankers Association. Jones was a director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 1993 to 2009.

Jones became chairman and CEO of Compass in 1991, a position he held until his retirement in 2008. Compass grew under his leadership to operate 622 offices in seven states and was ranked as the 26th largest bank in the nation based on deposits.

Starnes graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965 at the age of 16. He obtained a business degree from the University of Alabama. In 1972, Starnes graduated first in his class with a law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

In 1975, Starnes and his father established the law firm now known as Starnes Davis Florie. Starnes defended physicians and others in health care cases, including national and international clients. He wrote the Alabama Medical Liability Act, passed by the Legislature in 1987, as well as amendments to the law.

In 2007, Starnes was named chairman and CEO of ProAssurance Corporation, an insurance company that operates in all 50 states and focuses on health care issues.

This story will be updated.

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Extra Space Storage Tampa Florida Units You Can Rent

Renting a self storage unit is something that most people have done at least once in their life. They may have moved out of a home because they were going to school, or perhaps they were going through a divorce. If they have sold a house that has a substantial amount of their belongings, and they need to move them right away, this is another reason that these companies can be so helpful. What you will do, at least initially, is do a cursory search for all of the ones that are in Tampa. You need to find out how close they are to your location. Once you have a short list of available extra space storage Tampa businesses lined up, you then need to evaluate them.

Check Out The Facility

Since all of this is very close by, you could actually drive to each of the facilities just to see what they look like. You may want to speak with the representative of the company that is on staff. Find out what the procedure is for getting into the facility, and ask about what is available right now. Once you have done your cursory search, and you have looked at a few of these storage facilities, you can then start to consider the prices they are charging.

What Is A Reasonable Price For Storage Space In Tampa?

The prices for storage in one city might be very different than in another. However, on average, they could be considered very similar. You are going to pay less than $100 for units that are 10′ x 10′, and you will pay over $100 for anything that is larger. As a general rule, that’s a good example of what you can expect to pay. Just consider that you are going to pay at least a minimum of $100 a month for using their storage units. If you are going to find a company that has a temperature controlled storage facility, double that in order to come up with the average cost.

How Large Of The Unit Should You Get?

You should definitely consider getting a larger unit than you need. That is because you still need to be able to move around. People that rent the smallest one actually regret doing so later. That’s because they might want something that is now buried at the very back of their pile of belongings. Therefore, get a larger one then you need, and structure everything so it is going to be accessible if you need to go through it.

Once you have an idea of how much they will cost, and which ones are available, you can make your choice and make your payment. Almost instantly, the payment will go through, and they will likely send you an email with the codes that you will need to get into the facility and also the storage rental unit. Modern technology has made it possible for virtually anyone to get one of these self storage units within a few minutes. There are many extra space storage Tampa companies to choose from. These suggestions should make it easy to find and evaluate, and ultimately choose, the best one that is in the city of Tampa.

Business Buzz: Woodstream Apartments, The Greens at Aboretum, Hope Mills Hardeeā€™s and Spectrum

Woodstream Apartments, a 202-unit property built in 1974, has been sold for $8.65 million by Providence Investments of Birmingham, Alabama, to Contour Development Group of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Woodstream is off Cliffdale Road, not far from its intersection with Skibo Road. It offers one- and two-bedroom units, and has community amenities like a clubhouse, fitness center, laundry, pool and tennis courts.

Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, negotiated the transaction on behalf of Providence.

Now leasing

The Greens at Aboretum in Pinehurst has begun leasing one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury units.

The 72 units are billed as open floor plans with oversized windows that include a private balcony or patio.

Hardee’s

Hope Mills gets a new Hardee’s on Monday, with doors opening at 5 a.m. at the corner of Legion and Elk roads.

The address is 4260 Legion Road. The restaurant will be open seven days and have a drive-thru service.

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, based in Rocky Mount and a Hardee’s franchise operator for 56 years, has 10 other locations in Fayetteville, part of 138 in North Carolina and 348 across four states. The restaurant will seat 69 and will have free wi-fi service.

Kickoff nears

Spectrum News North Carolina, the official cable TV home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, will kickoff its 2018 Panthers programming and live preseason game coverage with the season’s first video simulcast of the weekly radio show “Panther Talk” on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. from Bank of America Stadium.

Spectrum News North Carolina’s live game preseason programming will feature all four preseason matchups: the Bills on Aug. 9, the Dolphins on Aug. 17, the Patriots on Aug. 24 and the Steelers on Aug. 30. The Sunday highlight show “Panthers Game Day” debuts Aug. 12 at 11:30 p.m., and will include a second half-hour of team coverage exclusively for Spectrum viewers at midnight.

During the regular season, Spectrum News North Carolina will have exclusive re-air video simulcasts of the Panthers’ weekly “Panther Talk” radio show.

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A Look At Mountain Brook’s Most Expensive Real Estate Listing

MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL – While there is no secret regarding the number of luxurious and beautiful homes located in Mountain Brook, a recent alert from realtor.com that a home had reduced its asking price shows just how pricey some of the homes listed in the suburb are.

A listing located at 3012 Southwood Road recently dropped its price – if you consider sending the price to just under $3 million much of a drop. That may not exactly make the home more affordable to the vast majority of house hunters in today’s market, as the home remains the most expensive listing in the Birmingham metro’s most expensive suburb.

The home was built in 1926, and retains the historic look and feel of old Mountain Brook. Zoned for Mountain Brook Elementary School and located within walking distance to Jemison Trail and Mountain Brook Parkway, the home sits on a three-acre lot, and offers a nearly 8,000 square feet of living space.

The 90-year-old wood floors are still in perfect condition, and the home also features Italian marble fireplaces, mantles from the 1600’s, leaded glass windows, crystal chandeliers, European kitchen hardware, a butler’s pantry and an addition that was done to match the detail of the original home – producing a spacious first floor master suite, a modern kitchen with top of the line appliances, a magnificent great room with 16′ vaulted ceilings and 5 sets of French doors that open to spacious bluestone terrace overlooking the the grounds.

Also included on the property is a two-bedroom/two bathroom guest house, a formal sunken garden, covered patio and wrap around terrace.

This home has now been on the market for a year, originally listed at $3,195,000 in June of 2017. The home was last sold in July of 2013 for $3,395,000. At one point in 2005, the home was listed at $4,499,000.

Photo via realtor.com

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Here Are The Most Expensive Condos In The Birmingham Area

BIRMINGHAM, AL – For some house-hunters, buying a condominium or a townhouse is a more inexpensive route toward home ownership. A majority of the condos in the Birmingham area are listed at a lower price than houses are, and the maintenance costs of condos and townhouses are usually much lower than single-family homes.

However, there are some condo listings in the metro area that carry a hefty price tag – a handful even listed above $1 million – defending on the location.

Here are the 10 most expensive condo and townhouse listings in the Birmingham area according to realtor.com:

2206 2nd Avenue North, Unit A; Downtown Birmingham: $2.2 million

521 Olde English Lane; Mountain Brook: $1.5 million

2301 1st Avenue North, Unit 105; Downtown Birmingham: $549,000

1831 28th Avenue, Unit N200; Homewood: $539,780

2716 Hanover Circle, Unit 801; Highland Park: $523,500

2112 Morris Avenue, Unit 103; Downtown Birmingham: $519,900

Photo via Realtor.com

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