Bloc Global Featured Projects

Urban Infill Development Experience

Parkside Brownstones

Location:
Chattanooga, TN

Project Scope:
Development of 12 unit urban infill residential development near the University of Tennessee Chattanooga campus. The project was developed with the support of the Lyndhurst Foundation, CNE, and the City of Chattanooga.

Challenges:
Project had to be designed to fit into the fabric of an existing neighborhood. Land acquisition (via a redevelopment agreement) had to be coordinated, and public entitlements had to be secured in order to make the project feasible.

Results/Solution:
The development team worked with the Design Review Committee of the MLK Tomorrow organization to develop a market rate product that further enhanced the housing stock in the neighborhood. The first phase was developed as a condominium type of ownership, but as market conditions changed the developer was able to work with the City to re-plat the site as fee simple home ownership.

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Senior Housing

senior residential development

Downtown Renaissance (Senior) /
Mobile Housing Authority

Location:
Mobile, Alabama

Project Scope:
This 88 unit residence development is Phase I of an initiative to revitalize the former Albert Owens/Jesse Thomas Homes’ public housing community. The project was awarded by the Mobile Housing Board (MHB) with funding provided through a Hope VI Grant and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The plan includes redeveloping a single, three-story building, with a total of 88 mixed-income rental units reserved for occupancy by seniors. The development provides 1 to 2-person senior residences for individuals over the age of 55, with income less than 60% of the area median income.

Challenges:
The team encountered a number of unfavorable sub-surface conditions (including soft soils and demolition debris from previous structures) that impacted the project budget; and that had to be remedied during the engineering phase, as well as in the field.

Results/Solutions:
The project was delivered over a 12 month period, including a typical Gulf Coast hurricane season, without delays.

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Mixed-Use Redevelopment

Five Points South Pickwick Place Renovation

Location:
Historic 5 Points South Birmingham, Alabama

Project Scope:
The project involved a total cosmetic renovation of Birmingham’s Pickwick Plaza and its exterior retail space. Located in Historic 5 Points South, the $1.2 million of improvements encompass approximately 54,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and special event facility space. The development is owned by Kahn Properties, Inc. Renovation began in July 2008. The renovation encompassed improvements to Pickwick Plaza, which houses the 63-room Hotel Highland (formerly Pickwick Place); its external retail space; and a five-story parking deck at 5 Points South.

Challenges:
The project had to be managed and coordinated to prevent the disruption the ongoing business establishments. New plaza waterproofing and surface materials had to be applied in a phased manner in order to enhance durability and achieve the operational goals of the owner.

Results/Solution:
The development team worked to redefine the project scope in order to accommodate the owners budget. This was accomplished without detriment to project aesthetics, customer experience, or tenant operations. The project was accomplished within the revised budget which was almost one-half of initial projections.

 

Urban Infill Residential Revitalization

Oak Hills / Camellia Terrace Redevelopment / Birmingham, AL

Location:
Belview Heights Neighborhood Birmingham, Alabama.

Project Scope:
The Company served as master developer on behalf of the City of Birmingham to redevelop Camellia Terrace Apartment site into a 34 single-family home site, called Oak Hills. The infill residential development is located in the historic Belview Heights Neighborhood. The firm was responsible for establishing the subdivision plan, commissioning engineering and home design, recommending builders and agreement terms, and installation of project roads and utility infrastructure.

Challenges:
The project had to be coordinated with the input and involvement of several stakeholders, including the City Community Development Department, City Council representatives, and the Neighborhood Association. we secured the input from each group regarding home design, plans, and integration into the neighborhood.

Results / Solution: The master planning team was able to develop home plans that fit well with the existing character of this historic community. The home plans were overwhelmingly approved by the neighborhood association.

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Urban Green Space Development

Railroad Reservation Park

Location:
Midtown Birmingham, Alabama

Project Scope:
The Company was engaged to assist economic impact consultant (Consult Econ, Inc.) with the preparation of a comprehensive economic impact report for the 14 acre urban park and surrounding area. The Company was responsible for gathering statistical data in support of an overall market assessment. The Company also served as a program management sub-consultant to the program manager during the construction phase of the project. In this regard, the company developed schedules and budgets, provided landscape plan and constructability reviews, and coordinated the activities of numerous professional services firms involved in the project.

Challenges:
Several parcels of land had to be acquired in order to assemble the complete site for the park. This involved numerous meeting with a major railroad company, that was is a major landowner in the area. Also, a public/private partnership had to be developed in order to secure all funding necessary to complete the project.

Results / Solution:
The newly created urban park in the heart of the City Center was completed with the cooperation and support of the local corporate and civic community, as well as with the support of the City of Birmingham. The park design was able to be modified so as not to impact land owned by Norfolk Southern Corporation, which runs the full length of the park.

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City of Birmingham Tax Increment Finance District

Location:
City Center Birmingham, Alabama

Project Scope:
On behalf of the City of Birmingham created an additional funding vehicle to support redevelopment projects in the City Center.

Challenges:
To structure and define boundaries for a redevelopment district. Effort included securing support from the Jefferson County Commission and the Birmingham City Council.

Results / Solution:
Tax increment finance district was established and has resulted in private sector development projects in excess of $ 60 million in the City Center.

 

The Hugh Kaul Research Center for Human Genetics

Location:
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama

Project Scope:
High rise 157,000 square foot research center specializing in genetic research. Project included the demolition of an Existing facility and construction of the Replacement facility. Project cost was $ 37 million.

Challenges:
Project was funded by numerous sources and particular care was required to insure that each financial partners requirements were satisfied. Project was located between two active university facilities and on a major city street and great care was required to avoid operational disruptions.

Results / Solution:
A complex reporting process was established to satisfy all finding partners. Project delivery strategy was established to enhance participation of Historically underutilized businesses (HUB). Project was successfully managed from concept to occupancy.


John Hand Parking Deck

Location:
Intersection of Historic Morris Avenue and 20th Street, Birmingham, Alabama

Project Scope:
On behalf of the City of Birmingham coordinate the development of a parking facility to support the redevelopment of a historic bank building. The mixed use project included space for the corporate headquarters of The Bank, a fitness center, and ten floors of high-end condominiums.

Challenges:
To negotiate an agreement with the land owner (Birmingham Parking Authority) and the project developer.

Results / Solution:
Deck was completed in a way to complement the historic district as well as provide support for The Bank and residents of the John Hand Building.