The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) and its developer partner Southside Development Company (www.southsidebhm.com) are beginning the process of preparing the 18 plus acre, 6-block site for construction-ready at Southtown Court public housing off University Boulevard in Birmingham’s southside.
Soon those passing by will see construction fencing along the property as work begins to prepare the site for demolition of the 80-year-old housing community. What begins now is only preparatory work, not demolition as that will be announced on another date in the future. During the pre-demolition phase, various tasks are to be accomplished such as removing utility devices, mechanical systems, glass and more, so the site can be made ready as an active demolition site.
HABD selected Southside Development Company as its developer partner for the revitalization project with various types of financing. The housing community will be transformed into a mixed-use property with multi-family and senior citizen affordable housing units as well as market rate housing. In addition, there will be office, medical, retail and hotel developments; along with greenspaces and bike lanes.
Approximately 400 Southtown Court clients have been permanently or temporarily relocated ahead of the redevelopment process of the community. Clients were provided various options for relocation such as a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, a transfer to another HABD public housing site or a transfer to an HABD multi-family property incentive site. Clients also had the option to live onsite during construction in one of 88 units that will not be demolished during the first phase of construction. HABD’s Support Services staff have worked one-on-one with clients throughout the process to ensure their needs were met.