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

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Birmingham mayor names city’s first LGBTQ liaison

Josh Coleman

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has hired the city’s first LGBTQ liaison to serve as both a spokesperson for the city and as a representative of LGBTQ interests.

Josh Coleman, who currently works as vice president of Central Alabama Pride, will start his new role on June 25.

Woodfin made the announcement Sunday at PrideFest held at Sloss Furnaces.

As a way to make the city more inclusive, Woodfin also plans to create the Mayor’s Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity. Details on this office haven’t been released yet.

A diversity officer will also be hired in the city’s economic development department, the mayor told city councilors last week.

As LGBTQ liaison, Coleman will focus on the public safety of the LGBTQ communities. Coleman will build upon the relationship between the LGBTQ community and the city through provision of fair and professional policies and services, according to the mayor’s office.

"We are very excited to have Josh at the table," Woodfin said. "Birmingham is the city that taught the world the importance of inclusion. Josh will help us continue to uphold that legacy of equality by ensuring that all of our citizens have a voice in this administration."

Besides working at Central Alabama Pride, a nonprofit organization focused on celebrating pride and diversity in Central Alabama, Coleman is a volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign, a certified life coach and an ordained minister. Previously, he worked as chief operating officer of Rickmark Inc., a large multiunit Pizza Hut franchisee.

Coleman is known for his commitment to social issues, specifically LGBTQ equality. He is the national committeeman for the Alabama Young Democrats, an advisor to AYD’s LGBTQ caucus, and board member of Greater Birmingham Democrats. Since 2008, Coleman has worked on several political campaigns and advocacy efforts.

"It really is an honor to serve in this position, and have a mayor interested in making sure that all of its residents are represented,” Coleman said. "This is the next step in Mayor Woodfin’s commitment to having an of having an open, fair and inclusive city.”

Pre-cut fruit has sickened as many as 60 people, according to the CDC. (Contributed photo/CDC)
The national debate over arming teachers and other school personnel is pushing its way as a top issue in political campaigns throughout Alabama, and is expected to be a big issue this fall. (Jeff Amy, Associated Press)

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Birmingham man drowns in rough waters in Panama City Beach

A 31-year-old Birmingham man drowned Friday in rough Gulf waters in Panama City Beach, Florida.

According to police, the man joined about 8 to 10 of his friends for a swim in the Gulf around 7:40 p.m. in the 17000 block of Front Beach Road near the Tropic Winds condominiums. The man was later seen by his friends floating face down in the water, a Panama City Police Beach sergeant told AL.com.

Attempts to administer CPR were ineffective and the man was pronounced dead a a beachside emergency room.

Authorities are not releasing the man’s name, but WMBB-TV in Panama City identified him as Darrius Stone Jr. of Birmingham.

Red flag warnings were present along beaches throughout the Gulf on Friday, warning swimmers to stay out of the water because of dangerous conditions.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, officially open the Interpretive Center and East Pedestrian Bridge on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Gulf State Park. Ivey said on Thursday that she is going to wait for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to weigh in on a permitting process for a proposed $10 million boat launch in Orange Beach before determining the state’s involvement. (John Sharp/jsharp@al.com).

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New Aviation Company Opening At Birmingham Airport

BIRMINGHAM, AL – A new aviation company celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, a firm that will operate out of more than 67,000 square feet of space on both the East and West ramps of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Southern Sky Aviation, which offers charter flights, maintenance, flight training, aircraft sales, aircraft management and avionics services, was founded by Birmingham business veteran Bill Gunnells, who was previously the CEO and founder of a prescription drug card benefits company RxBenefits before selling the company in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Gunnells and president Bo Andrews, who has been in the aviation business for 31 years, began the long approval process for obtaining a Part 135 Charter certificate from the FAA after seeing an opportunity to bring a comprehensive aviation company to Birmingham.

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"Aviation is something I’ve been passionate about my entire life since my first flying lesson at age 16," Gunnels said. "To start and grow a company that operates at the highest service levels in all the major areas of private aviation is a dream come true. Additionally, being able to reinvigorate and strengthen the aviation industry in Birmingham while also creating jobs where employees can make a good living and have a great quality of life is the ultimate reward. I’m excited about the future."

Southern Sky can handle the maintenance needs of all types of aircraft, arrange private charters, help clients buy and sell aircraft, manage aircraft so that owners can protect their investment and those who travel in it, plus provide training for anyone wanting to be a pilot.

"We are providing clients with a better alternative to traditional commercial or private air travel," Andrews said. "In addition, we offer the highest levels of concierge hospitality services on our charter flights. For us, it is not just about getting people where they need to go, we are getting them there and back safely, with smiles on their faces."

Southern Sky Aviation’s operations are conducted from two locations: Hangar 34 on the West ramp and Hangar 14 on the East ramp of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

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Skilled nursing facilities in Birmingham, Butler, Montgomery, Selma, Montrose Bay acquired by Montreal-based real estate investor paired with Blue Ridge Healthcare – Birmingham Business Journal

Several skilled nursing facilities in Alabama changed hands in March.

Five skilled nursing facilities in Birmingham, Butler, Montgomery, Selma, and Montrose Bay were acquired by a Montreal-based real estate investor paired with Blue Ridge Healthcare, a Florida-based regional operator.

Advisory firm for seniors housing and healthcare real estate, Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisor, represented the seller in the transactions — the company’s first seniors housing venture in Alabama. Brooks Blackmon of Montgomery led the transactions.

Blueprint Healthcare’s transaction volume in Alabama now totals more than $71 million in the last 11 months.

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Millennials are buying a lot more homes than you think

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There’s a popular myth that says millennials are destined to be a generation of renters.Millennials are actually the reason the homeownership rate has increased over the past year.Birmingham, Alabama has seen the biggest increase in millennial home buying over the past year.

It’s a popular myth – the millennial generation is destined to be a generation of renters – avocado toast, anyone? With student loan debt burdens, the scars of the Great Recession, and limited housing supply, the myth is rooted in some real challenges for millennials. However, despite these challenges, millennials are not only interested in homeownership, they are the primary reason that the homeownership rate increased over the past year.

Many millennials have prioritized furthering their education and thus delayed getting married and having children, which are critical lifestyle triggers to buying a first home. However, now the oldest millennials have made those lifestyle decisions and are entering the housing market. In fact, the data supports this trend – the homeownership rate among households headed by someone under age 35 increased the most of any age group in the fourth quarter of 2017, jumping from 34.7 percent a year earlier to 36 percent.

Millennial homeownership demand is rising nationally, but where are millennials buying? Using the top 50 largest cities from the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey, we identified cities with the largest increases and decreases between 2016 and 2017 in the share of homeowners that are millennials.

The top 5 cities where millennial home buying increased the most:

Birmingham, AL Virginia Beach, VA Pittsburgh, PA Buffalo, NY Minneapolis, MN

In the top market, Birmingham, the millennial homeownership share increased from 11.9 percent in 2016 to 18.0 percent in 2017. The top five markets experienced an average millennial homeownership share increase of 5.4 percent. Conversely, some markets have experienced falls in the share of millennial homeownership. The markets with the largest decreases are:

Orlando, FL Louisville, KY Richmond, VA Hartford, CT Salt Lake City, UT

Orlando, the market with the largest drop, experienced a 3.7 percent fall in millennial homeownership share. The bottom five markets’ share of millennial homeowners fell an average of 2.6 percent in 2017.

Out of the 50 top markets, 33 of them experienced increases in the share of millennial homeowners, another indicator that exposes the myth of millennials being destined to rent. These results are consistent with findings that millennials are buying in cities large and small. So, are millennials destined to be a generation of renters? Consider that myth busted. Quite the opposite, actually – and they’re just getting started.

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Birmingham Realtors & Greater Alabama MLS welcome new CEO

The Birmingham Association of REALTORS (BAR) Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Dawn Kennedy as CEO of the nearly 4,000-member association and its multiple listing service. She begins her position as Association Executive on March 19.

"These are exciting times," said 2018 BAR President Kim Mangham-Barelare. "We’ve chosen a CEO who will take us to new heights."

Mangham-Barelare said she is impressed with Kennedy’s passion for the real estate industry and her dedication to providing quality education and services to members.

"She is a burst of energy and sunshine, someone who is always looking for ways to improve relations and to grow the individual agents, whether they be residential or commercial agents or property managers. She will be a joy for everyone to get to know," Mangham-Barelare said.

Kennedy brings with her more than 20 years of executive experience, including 15 years of association management. She considers the work her passion and often blogs and publishes advice for association executives.

"Association management has been a passion of mine since I first became a member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association in 1995 as a local chapter treasurer," Kennedy said. "When I entered the REALTOR world, I discovered a mission – homeownership – that I could solidly stand behind and knew I had found my lifetime career."

Civic leaders and association members are invited to meet the new CEO 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018, during a welcome reception at BAR, 3501 Independence Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209. For details, email info@BirminghamREALTORS.com.

Kennedy formerly led the Saint Louis Association of REALTORS, the Oklahoma City Metro Association of REALTORS and its regional multiple listing service, MLSOK.com, and the Northwoods Association of REALTORS and its Greater Northwoods Multiple Listing Service. She has twice been the recipient of the National Association of REALTORS ACE award for Achievement in Commercial Excellence. Kennedy has also served the Woodland Lakes Association of REALTORS and the El Reno Board of REALTORS through the NAR shared services program while CEO of the NWAR and OKCMAR respectively.

Kennedy earned her Ph.D. in organization and management with a leadership specialization in 2015 from Capella University. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a graduate degree in project management. Kennedy is a summa cum laude undergraduate of Franklin University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics.

Kennedy teaches graduate courses in association management for the National Association of REALTORS’ REALTOR University Master of Real Estate program as well as the business core marketing course. "Continuous learning is an incredibly important path to excellence, and RU keeps me on that road," she said. Teaching is her way of "giving back to the real estate industry, which has treated me so well," she said.

The Association Executive serves as CEO of the Birmingham Association of REALTORS(r) and its subsidiaries: The Greater Alabama MLS, The Birmingham Commercial REALTORS Council and Silent Angels of Alabama. Among other duties, Kennedy will oversee day-to-day operations, position the association as the local voice for real estate and serve as the association’s visionary leader guided by the board of directors, bylaws, policies, procedures and the association’s mission and strategic plan.

The Birmingham Association of REALTORS (BirminghamRealtors.com) was founded in 1911 and endeavors to enhance members’ opportunities to serve consumers in a professional, ethical and profitable manner. The Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service (GreaterAlabamaMLS.com) and the Birmingham Commercial REALTORS Council (Bhamcre.com) are subsidiary corporations of BAR. BAR is recognized as Alabama’s trusted real estate authority.

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Affordable apartments set for vacant downtown Birmingham high-rise

Stonewall Building (Birmingham News file photo/Jerry Ayres)

Affordable apartments — starting at $600 a month — which have been long-planned for the 12-story Stonewall Building may finally come to fruition as the revitalization of downtown Birmingham continues.

Ed Ticheli, the long-time owner of the building, this week received $182,182 in state historic tax credits for the renovation of the former office building, also called the Martin Building, at the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue North and 23rd Street.

An additional $2.9 million in tax credits sought by the developer was wait listed by the state until 2019. This means the project will be first in line for funds next year.

Ticheli’s attorney Murphy McMillan said the plan is to transform the 84,000-square-foot building into 137 residential units. Retail space is possible for the ground floor depending on demand.

The building will not offer Section 8 housing, he said.

"We are excited about the prospects for the project," McMillan said. "We think it will be a great contribution to the area. A lot of redevelopment hasn’t occurred in that part of downtown. We hope this will spur more development."

The building is about a block from the U.S. Post Office on 24th Street North and two blocks from the Redmont Hotel on 5th Avenue North.

The building was completed in 1925 as the Martin Office Building. It was later known at the Stonewall Building for the Stonewall Insurance Co., which once occupied it.

The apartments slated for the Stonewall Building will be more affordable than most apartments being constructed in downtown. Rents will begin at $600 for studio or one-bedroom apartments with an average rental rate of less than $900 for two-bedroom apartments.

"There are presumably a lot of people who are living in the suburbs because they can’t afford to move downtown," McMillan said. "We think this is a good option for them."

Ticheli is also working to partner with the YWCA to provide apartments for women working to get back on their feet, he said.

Ticheli has owned the Stonewall Building for more than 10 years. He attempted to redevelop the building into an affordable apartments complex in 2008, but the project stalled due to a weak housing market.

To transform the vacant building into 71 apartment units and some commercial space at that time was projected to cost a projected $10 million.

Ticheli and his brother Leo had planned to start work on the Stonewall after completing the $5 million Gallery Lofts, the $3 million J.T. Massey Mercantile and Massey Corral renovations and the redevelopment of the former Jimmie Hale Mission property.

The Tichelis demolished smaller buildings around the Stonewall Building to make way for parking for the residential project.

McMillan said the current plan is to break ground on the project by the third quarter of 2018. Construction is expected to take 12 to 15 months.

"The building is just a shell," he said. "For the most part, they are just empty floors."

McMillan said the major part of the redevelopment is redoing the mechanical and electrical systems for the more than 90-year-old building.

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Recent Manufacturing Jobs On The Birmingham Job Board

BIRMINGHAM, AL – In the last decade manufacturing in Alabama has grown to become one of the state’s largest job markets. With the automotive and medical industry manufacturing jobs opening in Alabama, employers are looking for workers at every level, from entry to executive. Here are just some of the manufacturing jobs listed in the Birmingham area:

Ensure manufacturing and quality performance is maintained through monitoring Safety, Quality, Deliverables, Cost, and Employee (SQDCE) process 3. Oversees and directs daily spreading, cutting …

We are seeking a Manufacturing Operator to join our team! You will help oversee operational activities and ensure excellent quality control. Are you a dedicated, hard-working team player that has …

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The GM Corporate Manufacturing position has total responsibility to ensure the production requirements are met in a manner that meets quality objectives. Provide day to day leadership for the …

Will use Forklift/Pallet Jacks Qualifications for Assembly Openings: * 2-3 years experience in manufacturingassembly * Familiarity with assembly tools and equipment * Ability to handle physical …

Operate spreading machinery to efficiently manufacture rolled goods at the highest quality. 3. Operate cutting machinery to create standardized rolled goods at the highest quality. 4. Assist in the …

We are seeking candidates that have one or more years of manufacturing/light industrial experience and are willing to move up into production positions, have basic mechanical aptitude such as …

Sets up and starts all secondary operations within the manufacturing area. Required to check all controls for adherence to operating/safety procedures. Refers issues/problems to Lead/Supervisor for …

Executive Manufacturing Recruiter (Remote / Home Office) to join our growing team! This role REQUIRES experience in the recruiting industry. We are looking to grow this team and are working with many …

Quality Engineer Opportunity with global reaching company! This position is located in the Memphis, TN, vicinity and relocation assistance is provided. Are you ready for the next step in your career

BLOX is both service and product that includes architecture, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and construction. BLOX is looking for a smart, nimble and talented problem solver who is a hands on …

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Luxury apartments to be built near OWA

The developers of Sevilla Place Apartments paid $1 million for 9 acres on Baldwin County 20 in Foley, just west of OWA entertainment park, according to local developer Stacey Ryals of Hosteeva Realty, who represented the sellers. Construction will begin soon on 126 luxury apartments which will include a clubhouse, exercise room, pool, dog park, kids park and garage parking.

AdvanTec Manufacturing USA, Inc. has leased 35,680 square feet of industrial space at 22955 McAuliffe Drive in Robertsdale, according to Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties who handled the transaction.

Wine & Canvas has leased 2,487 square feet of space in Square One Shopping Center at 907 Hillcrest Road in Mobile, according to Angie McArthur of Stirling Properties, who represented the art and entertainment company. Terry McKinney of Delaney Land & Realty worked for the landlord.

Home builder D.R Horton paid $1.815 million for 29 single-family lots in the Vintage Creek community off Nine Mile Road in Pensacola, according to developer Nathan Cox of 68 Ventures. The 161-lot gated subdivision has homes in the $300s to $400s.

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Beauty World has leased 5,000 square feet of retail space next to Kohl’s department store in Spanish Fort Town Center off Town Center Avenue in Spanish Fort, and plans to open in late spring, according to Angie McArthur of Stirling Properties, who represented the landlord.

American Deli has leased 1,539 square feet at 5701 Old Shell Road in Mobile, according to Leigh Dale Younce and Buff Teague of JLL, who represented the landlord.

Cook Out purchased the former PDQ chicken restaurant at 116 S. University Blvd., in Mobile, according to Allen Garstecki of JLL, who represented the seller. John Vallas of Vallas Realty worked for the buyer. Cook Out is a fast food chain featuring fresh burgers, BBQ, hot dogs and shakes.

(William Thornton / wthornton@al.com)

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