Demolition is set to begin this month on the old Carraway Hospital campus, marking a key milestone for a new mixed-use development to be called The Star at Uptown.
Birmingham City Council voted in 2020 to rezone the former campus of Carraway Methodist Medical Center, triggering a redevelopment that took years to come.
On December 29, 2020, Birmingham City Council approved a $13 million incentive package for the redevelopment of the former site of Carraway Methodist Medical Center.
Corporate Realty plans to transform the former hospital site into a mixed-use development comprising office, retail, entertainment, hotel and residential space.
It’s just north of the new protection stadium.
Birmingham City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee on Monday approved a proposal to activate the terms of the city’s development agreement with site owner Corporate Realty, and the full council is due to vote on May 17. Among other things, the city releases 4.1 dollars. million in incentives that were approved by the board in 2020.
“We have worked with Druid Hills and the other North Birmingham neighborhoods for over four years, and we know how eager they are to see this work begin,” said Robert Simon, CEO and President of Corporate Realty. “We are grateful for their continued support and the city’s commitment to revitalizing this community.
Carraway Methodist Medical Center was once one of the Southeast’s top hospitals, particularly known for emergency medicine, with a Lifesaver helicopter landing emergency care patients at a helipad next to the hospital.
Carraway Hospital closed in 2006, and the campus continued to operate as Physicians Medical Center until it closed in 2008. The property has fallen into disrepair since then.
While several structures on the 50-acre site will be demolished this summer, demolition will continue for the remainder of this year. The buildings will be demolished gradually with heavy equipment, and no dramatic implosion is expected, Simon said.
The original hospital building will be cleaned up and converted into feasible multi-family housing, the first development to take place on the site. Single-family homes will also be built on the north end of the property.
“While commercial and entertainment spaces are also part of the plan, we have always seen this project as an opportunity to bring several new housing options to the North Birmingham market,” said Simon. “We want it to be a healthy community where people can live, work and play.”
The project will revive a once thriving site that became an eyesore to the community after Carraway closed. The Star development marks one of the biggest private investments in Birmingham’s history.
Corporate Realty has worked closely with area residents to create a vision for the site, and it has continued to work toward that vision despite delays and other adjustments related to COVID-19.
“Like virtually every other facet of life, the pandemic has impacted our schedule, our costs and the market we live in,” Simon said. “But we all kept working for this day.”
City leaders said they were eager to see the rebirth of the Carraway site.
“I am delighted that the blight removal phase of this project is soon underway,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin. “We want to see the Carraway property become the shining star it once was and be an asset to neighbors who live nearby.”
Birmingham City Council Speaker Wardine Alexander said developments like The Star at Uptown benefit the whole city.
“Carraway’s plans will take an inactive site and transform it into a vibrant place that will enhance the lives of our residents and generate new reasons for people to visit Birmingham,” said Alexander. “We’re happy to start demolition, but ultimately we can’t wait for this revitalization to happen.”
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