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The Future of Southtown: City Leaders to Take Part in Planning Meeting That Will Detail Plans to Apply for a $30 Million Federal Grant

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Thursday, October 1, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Plans to discuss the transformation of the Southtown community will be unveiled tonight. The Birmingham Housing Authority will hold a meeting to discuss the future of the community. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will take place at Baptist Church of the Covenant located at 2117 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35233. During the meeting, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the future of this area, as well as details surrounding a $30 million federal grant that the Birmingham Housing Authority is applying for.

“It is so refreshing to see that the future of this area is promising as we come together as a community to draft plans on providing a better quality of life for residents in the Southtown community,” Councilor Sheila Tyson said. “It is vital that residents join us for these discussions to ensure that we are crafting plans that include their input.”

The Housing Authority will apply for a federal Choice Neighborhood grant in early 2016. Through this grant the Housing Authority will work to transform the Southtown community from low-income housing into mixed-income properties that will revitalize the surrounding areas. Officials say they hope to repeat the models used at Park Place in downtown and Tuxedo Terrace in Ensley. In addition to the proposed new development at the 25-acre site, the Housing Authority’s plan will also include ideas for increased partnerships with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and others for education and career placement opportunities.

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.