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Design Review October 10

Below is the agenda for this week’s October 10 Design Review Committee meeting. Remember, the meetings are open to the public and take place at 7:30 AM at Auburn Urban Studio, 3rd Floor of Young and Vann Building, corner of 18th Street North and First Avenue downtown.

 I.        Call to Order: Minutes of the September 26, 2012 meeting.

 II.        Name: Mr. Stephen Boehme (Twin Construction Co.)

Site Address: 3208 Carlisle Road

District: Red Mountain Suburbs Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Stairwell addition; door installation to replace existing window

III.       Name: Ms. Sharon Bradshaw (Scott Services)

Site Address: 2100 3rd Avenue, North, Cadence Bank

District: 21st Street District

Requesting approval for: sign

IV.       Name:  Mr. Keith Willcut (All South Sign)

Site Address:  1409 5th Avenue North, Jim Burke Automotive

District: Downtown NW

Requesting approval for: Signs

V.        Name: Mr. Brad Ward (The Sign Shop)

Site Address:  2304 12th Avenue, North (Greater Birmingham Ministries)

District:  12th Avenue North

Requesting approval for: Sign

VI.       Name: Mr. Dayne Nelson (Sign and Graphics Inc.)

Site Address: 2170 Highland Avenue, South (Alamerica Bank)

District:  Five Points South

Requesting approval for:  Signage

VII.     Name:  Mr. Keith Rouss (Harbert Realty)

Site Address:  2 North 20th Street

District: Birmingham Green

Requesting approval for:  Roof top advertising sign

VIII.    Name: Mr. David Brandt (Fravert Services)

Site Address: 805 St. Vincent’s Drive

District: Lakeview

Requesting approval for: Campus signage plan

More eats, and Design Review September 26

Reservations are recommended

The Dallas-based restaurant chain Texas de Brazil is bringing its grand all-you-can-eat steakhouse concept to downtown Birmingham, as reported by the Birmingham Business Journal this afternoon. It will open next year adjacent to the new Westin Hotel in the BJCC‘s entertainment district. This is the first of planned announcements for new tenants in the district.

In the meantime, below is the agenda for this week’s Design Review Committee meeting. Remember, the meetings are open to the public and take place at 7:30 AM at Auburn Urban Studio, 3rd Floor of Young and Vann Building, corner of 18th Street North and First Avenue downtown.

I.        Call to Order:  Minutes of the September 12, 2012 meeting.

II.        Name: Mr. Jason Robb

Site Address: 2504 Aberdeen Road

District:  Red Mountain Suburbs Local Historic

Requesting approval for: Renovations to existing residence (Painting existing brick, soffits, and fascia; installing new front doors; installing new front windows; installing front door pediment; installing columns and transoms around/over doors on the sides of the front entrance; and installing gas lanterns)

III.       Name: Mr. Mark Williams (Reliable Signs)

Site Address: 517 22nd Street, South, Iron City Live

District: Midtown

Requesting approval for: operating guidelines for sign

IV.       Name: Mr. Keith Rouss (Harbert Realty)

Site Address: Two North 20th

District: Birmingham Green

Requesting approval for: Roof top advertising sign

V.        Name:  Mr. Jared Pineda

Site Address:  18 Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd, North

District:  21st Street North

Requesting approval for:  Roofing samples

VI.       Name: Mr. Russ Walter

Site Address:  2805 3rd Avenue, South (Pittsburgh Paints)

District: Lakeview

Requesting approval for:  Sign

VII.     Name: Mr. Jerry Nelms (BJCC)

Site Address:  Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd between 22nd & 24th Street,

District:  Cultural

Requesting approval for:  Street improvements and parking

VIII.    Name: Mr. Jimmy Harvell (Larry Signs)

Site Address: 7737 1st Avenue, North (Quik Pawn Shop)

District:  East Lake

Requesting approval for:  Signage

IX.       Name: Ms. Sheila Chaffin (UAB)

Site Address: block between 5th & 6th Avenues and 11th & 12th Streets South

District: Midtown

Requesting approval for: Demolition and site restoration of the UAB Theater Storage temporary structure.

[thanks to Texas de Brazil for the pic]

Viva downtown

Projecting confidence

This morning the Design Review Committee approved new illuminated signage at the top of the former Region’s Plaza building (rendering above, corner of 20th Street North and 5th Avenue). The 1976 building–home to Regions Bank before mergers and consolidations emptied it in 2007–has most recently been the subject of different hotel proposals. Viva Health–a Birmingham-based HMO–is now creating its new headquarters in the building. It will reorganize the ground floor, which previously had bank and elevator lobbies, into retail tenant space, with a Viva-run coffee shop planned on 20th Street (other tenants to be announced). Slight changes were mandated to the signage presented, but it will look essentially as depicted above, on all four sides.

As we’ve recently discussed in other contexts, while it’s great that a locally-based company is helping to fill a long-vacant tower downtown–and is adding its  brand to the skyline–it’s moving from a Southside location on the other side of downtown. Will its former location be quickly filled by a new occupant? Given its proximity to UAB‘s campus, chances are high that it won’t be vacant for long.

Viva, welcome to the CBD.We encourage you especially to design your coffee shop in a way that engages passerby and enlivens your storefronts.

[thanks to Fravert for the rendering]

Design Review September 12

Here is this Wednesday’s agenda for the September 12 Design Review Committee meeting. Remember, the meetings are open to the public and take place at 7:30 AM at Auburn Urban Studio, 3rd Floor of Young and Vann Building, corner of 18th Street North and First Avenue downtown.

I.     Call to Order:  Minutes of the August 22, 2012 meeting.

II.        Name: Ervin Kennedy

Site Address: 827 19th Street, Ensley (Eastside Funeral Home)

District: Ensley

Requesting approval for: Window replacement and paint

III.       Name: Mr. David Brandt (Fravert Services)

Site Address: 417 20th Street, North, Viva Health (Old Regions building)

District:  Birmingham Green

Requesting approval for:  Signs

IV.       Name: Mr. Milton Wren

Site Address: 1230 32nd Street North

District: Norwood Local Historic

Requesting approval for: Fencing, Carport

V.        Name: Mr. Mark Williams (Reliable Signs)

Site Address: 517 22nd Street, South, Iron City Live

District: Midtown

Requesting approval for:  Sign

VI.       Name: Mr. Dayne Nelson (Sign and Graphics Inc.)

Site Address: 2170 Highland Avenue, South (Alamerica Bank)

District:  Five Points South

Requesting approval for:  Signage

VII.     Name: Mr. Jimmy Harvell (Larry Signs)

Site Address: 7737 1st Avenue, North (Quik Pawn Shop)

District:  East Lake

Requesting approval for:  Signage

Deactivating storefronts

Retail clothing becomes retail banking

This morning at Design Review Committee, approval was given for new awnings and signage at the historic Massey Building (corner Third Avenue North and Richard Arrington Blvd., ab0ve) for a new bank branch for Iberia Bank. While filling a vacant corner storefront is generally good, a bank branch is a lesser replacement for Remon’s, the longtime upscale men’s clothier. After decades downtown, Remon’s expanded to the suburban Summit shopping center a couple years ago and then quietly closed the downtown location shortly thereafter. The bank is lesser because the clothing store had regularly changing, high quality shop window displays. Lesser because good retail is few and far between downtown, while bank branches are ubiquitous. Lesser because, despite the decent new awnings and signage, this intersection loses a local business that made it feel special.

The gates are now closed

A similar situation has occurred across 3rd Avenue at the historic Title Building (above): a longtime coffee shop closed, and was replaced by a short-lived O’Carr’s restaurant franchise. When the restaurant closed, the place was converted into ordinary office space, signage was removed, blinds were drawn, and another hub of activity was eliminated from the intersection.

…and another bank branch

Speaking of ubiquitous, on the SE corner of the intersection we already have another bank:  First Commercial Bank‘s branch (above). The remaining corner is taken up by a large entrance lobby for the Concord Center which–while housing some of the best “lobby art” visible from a downtown street–is still an office building lobby. With the architectural prominence of the buildings on this intersection, and their massing which helps define the north-south corridor of Richard Arrington, it’s sad there are now no ground floor uses which engage the public in a more meaningful way. We have recently discussed how Mobile has a program to encourage retailers to come downtown; the state of this intersection illustrates how much our city needs one too.

Perhaps a new lease on life, yet again

Finally, now that the old “Ready in 2012” signage has come down from the much-anticipated, much-delayed Pizitz Building development, a smaller “Now Leasing” sign has appeared (above). We suspect this heralds a serious new effort by the developer to make this project happen, albeit perhaps in a different form than previously announced. Definitely stay tuned.

Design Review August 22

Here is this Wednesday’s agenda for the August 22 Design Review Committee meeting. Remember, the meetings are open to the public and take place at 7:30 AM at Auburn Urban Studio, 3rd Floor of Young and Vann Building, corner of 18th Street North and First Avenue downtown.

I.        Call to Order:  Minutes of the August 8, 2012 meeting.

II.        Name: Mr. Larry Depiano

Site Address: 3592 Altamont Road

District:  RedMountain Suburbs Local Historic

Requesting approval for: Enclosure of existing sun room; addition of shutters; painting; and front yard parking pads

III.       Name:  Dr. Israr Ahmed

Site Address:  3215 Cliff Road

District: Highland Park Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Enclosure of existing front porch and carport/porte-cochere; side porch renovations; replacing door overhang on carriage house

IV.       Name:  Mr. Peter Maynard

Site Address:  1210 33rd Street North

District: Norwood Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Window replacement, new porch floor, and painting

V.        Name:  Mr. Irwin Bros Remodeling Inc.

Site Address:  731 29th Street, South (Moes Original BBQ)

District:  Lakeview

Requesting approval for: Exterior Renovations

VI.       Name: Mr. Ross McCain (KPSGroup)

Site Address:  2025 3rd Avenue, North, Iberia Bank (old Remon’s location)

District: 21st Street

Requesting approval for:  awnings & signage

VII.     Name:  Mr. David L. Meador (Architect) Ms. Teri Bates (Pro-Sign Inc.)

Site Address: 9509 Parkway East (Taco Bell)

District:  Parkway East

Requesting approval for: Renovation and Signage

VIII.    Name: Mr. Dayne Nelson (Sign and Graphics Inc.)

Site Address: 2170 Highland Avenue, South (Alamerica Bank)

District:  Five Points South

Requesting approval for:  Signage

IX.       Name: Mr. David Brandt (Fravert Services)

Site Address: 805 St. Vincent’s Dr

District:  Lakeview

Requesting approval for: sign for NorthTower & NeuroSpineCenter.

Design Review August 8

Here is this Wednesday’s agenda for the August 8 Design Review Committee meeting. Remember, the meetings are open to the public and take place at 7:30 AM at Auburn Urban Studio, 3rd Floor of Young and Vann Building, corner of 18th Street North and First Avenue downtown.

I.         Call to Order:  Minutes of the July 25, 2012 meeting.

II.        Name:  Ms. Lissy Frese (Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds)              DELETED

Site Address:  1031 43rd Place South

District: Forest Park Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Demolition and New Construction

III.       Name:  Mr. Peter Maynard                                                                  DELETED

Site Address:  1210 33rd Street North

District: Norwood Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Window replacement, new porch floor, and painting

IV.       Name: Mr. Brad Johnson (Chick-fil-a)

Site Address: 1913 5th Avenue North

District: Birmingham Green

Requesting approval for:  Outdoor Café

V.        Name:   Mr. Ryan Meon

Site Address:  3901 10th Avenue South

District:  Forest Park Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Addition (partially screened deck) to Existing House

VI.       Name: Mr. Berry Hearn (Live Design Group)

Site Address: 2808 7th Avenue, South (297)

District:  Lakeview

Requesting approval for: Sign Standards

VII.     Name:  Mr. Hank Long (Henry Sprott Long & Associates)

Site Address:  937 42nd Street South

District:  Forest Park Local Historic

Requesting approval for:  Demolition and New Construction

VIII.    Name:   Steve Looney

Site Address:  744 Lomb Avenue

District: Lomb Avenue

Requesting approval for: Sign

IX.       Name:  Ms. Linda Coleman

Site Address:  906 2nd Street

District:  Pratt

Requesting approval for:  Demolition

X.        Name:  Willie Oliver

Site Address:  116 Sheridan Road

District:  Pratt

Requesting approval for:  Door and window replacement

XI.       Name: Mr. Jeff Thomas (Barber Companies)

Site Address: 608 23rd Street South

District:  Midtown

Requesting approval for:  Paint

XII.     Name: Mr. Dayne Nelson (Sign and Graphics Inc.)

Site Address: 2170 Highland Avenue, South (Alamerica Bank)

District:  Five Points South

Requesting approval for:  Signage