BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) – The owners of the former Carraway Hospital have announced a new project that will include housing, offices, stores and entertainment on site.
On Wednesday, Corporate Realty announced that the new development would be called “The Star Uptown”, a nod to the blue star that stood atop the old hospital, which operated in the community of Norwood from 1916. until it closed in 2008. After years of sitting empty, Corporate Realty purchased the 52-acre property in 2020.
“When we first started working on this development, the first thing people wanted to know was what we were planning to do with the star,” Corporate Realty CEO Robert Simon said in a press release. “This star was one of Birmingham’s most recognizable landmarks, and it meant something to people. We want to honor this past as we build a new future at this important site. “
According to Corporate Realty, The Star Uptown will include a mix of housing, offices, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues which they hope will boost investment in north Birmingham. The new protection stadium is located not far from the property.
“This name and vision is the result of literally years of conversations and meetings with neighborhood groups, city councilors, city staff and many others interested in what is happening at Carraway,” said Simon in the press release. “We all have a common interest in eliminating this scourge and ensuring that the property is once again a shining star for the surrounding community and for Birmingham in general.”
The start of work is scheduled for early 2022.