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Old 03-01-2020, 04:28 PM
 
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And at the other end of the spectrum....

It's not dead. But it's definitely in a medically-induced coma.
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Old 03-09-2020, 10:34 AM
 
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Columns are starting to come out of the ground at the site of protective stadium!! if only the weather would let up some, maybe it could move a little faster.
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Old 03-09-2020, 12:08 PM
 
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Columns are starting to come out of the ground at the site of protective stadium!! if only the weather would let up some, maybe it could move a little faster.
If they aren't already, I wonder if they'll start working weekends to catch up.
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Old 03-09-2020, 03:53 PM
 
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Senate bill related to a casino in JeffCo:

https://www.bizjournals.com/birmingh..._news_headline

"A bill proposed in the Alabama Senate could bring a casino to Jefferson County and would transform gambling in the state in numerous ways.

Senate Bill 282, sponsored by Sen. Greg Albritton, proposes a constitutional amendment that would result in a lottery and casino table games in the state, a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for exclusive gambling rights in the state and new casinos in Jefferson County and northeastern Alabama.

According to the bill, if the amendment was passed by lawmakers and by Alabama voters, the Poarch Creeks could offer table games like blackjack, roulette and craps at its three existing casinos and two new casinos.

One of those casinos would be at an unidentified location in Jefferson County and another would be in either Marshall, Jackson or Dekalb County. Representatives of Albritton and the Poarch Creeks didn't immediately respond to questions about where a casino would be located in Jefferson County.

The proposed amendment would require and initial license fee of $250 million and a capital investment of at least $250 million for the additional sites. The amendment would also impose a license fee determined by the commission on each operator of bingo or pari-mutuel wagering.

It would also allow for creation of a lottery that would allow multistate games like Powerball and Mega Millions, with proceeds benefiting education.

The proposed bill bears many similarities to a proposal floated last year by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

But Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has called for further study of the potential revenue that could be generated by increasing gambling options and adding a lottery in the state, creating a study group to examine the issue.

The group will submit a final report to the governor, the Alabama Legislature and the public no later than Dec. 31.

This isn't the first time a casino has been pitched for Jefferson County. A previous effort for a lottery and gambling bill that would have opened the door for a casino at the Birmingham Race Course stalled in the Alabama Legislature."

Rumors are that the PBCI has an option to build their casino at Carraway. Now I'm not really a fan of this proposal of selling the soul to PBCI, but I think it is hard to argue that wouldn't make that area a success.
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Old 03-09-2020, 04:59 PM
 
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A PBCI casino and hotel at the Carraway site in conjunction with the stadium, BJCC upgrades, Topgolf, Uptown, and existing hotels would really make that area pop. But I highly doubt that legislation will pass.
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:02 PM
 
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Best place would be out by the race course. Plenty of space for a new built plus a hotel and parking space. Renovate the race course building as well. You need space for casinos. Plus you have 6 lanes of highway on john rogers parkway between hwy 11 and 78. Plus 6 lanes out to I-459 with access to 20 and 59. And 15-20 mins from downtown.
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Old 03-10-2020, 08:34 AM
 
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I'm for closer to the inner core of the city. Cleveland executed it quite nicely and the area around their casino now is a rad inner city corridor in a once desolate place.
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Old 03-10-2020, 09:46 AM
 
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I'm for closer to the inner core of the city. Cleveland executed it quite nicely and the area around their casino now is a rad inner city corridor in a once desolate place.

This. It you're going to have it, own it. The Birmingham Race Course is out on the fringes of town, a sad reminder of bad planning. The hell of it is, if the BRC had been built with a modest handle comparable with other, mid-sized tracks, there would still be horse racing there today. But they decided to build a huge palace without the first market study. Just lazy numbers crunching.

Put a facility like this downtown where there are lots of people already, and it not only expands the downtown entertainment options, but it also acts as a further draw for conventions at the newly-renovated BJCC. Throw in the new stadium, and you have a serious entertainment district.
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Old 03-10-2020, 03:37 PM
 
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This project has spent a lot of time in the pipeline, glad to see it moving forward:

Mixed-use development in works for historic downtown building

https://www.bizjournals.com/birmingh..._news_headline

"A Birmingham team is gearing up to begin renovating a historic meat processing facility on First Avenue that will add to the housing stock downtown.

Local firm Christopher Architecture & Interiors is bringing 24 residential units as well as 20,000 square feet of commercial space to the historic Armour & Co. building that previously housed Omni Studios.

In addition to Christopher Architecture, the team includes Narnia Construction and Blue Tongue Development.

As we previously reported, it’s a mixed-use development that will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units for rent as well as co-working space and a restaurant, where a restaurateur is expected to open a concept said Christopher Architecture President Chris Reebals.

Located at 2309 First Ave. N., next to the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, the 1904 building served as a meat processing facility. Reebals said they added some space on the top to bring the building up to 58,000 square feet.

The project was approved in 2018 for both federal and state historic tax credits with more than $1.894 million in incentives allocated in 2019 by the Alabama Historical Commission. Reebals said the project was put on hold until the tax incentives were approved. He said they are also working on an Opportunity Zone fund.

Reebals said the team is currently performing some demolition and roof construction and plans to move forward with rebuilding after presenting their plans before the city’s Design Review Committee on Wednesday. Christopher Architecture said the rendering above do not reflect the final design and the “Omni” name is no longer used to refer to the project.

Once completed, the project will add to the growing number of residential developments downtown that commercial real estate brokers say are a key driver of activity in the area’s office and retail markets."
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Old 03-10-2020, 07:49 PM
 
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A PBCI casino and hotel at the Carraway site in conjunction with the stadium, BJCC upgrades, Topgolf, Uptown, and existing hotels would really make that area pop. But I highly doubt that legislation will pass.
Interesting.... I see something with gambling happening eventually in Bham, the state is missing too much revenue to keep passing it up and it is on legislators minds. I like that the PBCI is in on it and it could be a good use of the vacant Carraway site, Pittsburgh has a casino near their football stadium and downtown too and it has done very well. I wouldn't mind that site or the Birmingham Race Course as the location

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