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Council Pro Tem Steven Hoyt Joined City Leaders to Break Ground at the CrossPlex Village for Starbucks and Comfort Inn and Suites

Today marked another momentous occasion for the Ensley community as citizens gathered to break ground on more economic development. Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt joined Mayor William Bell, Developer Bob Nesbitt, and neighborhood officers from the Five Points West Community for the groundbreaking of the Comfort Inn and Suites and Starbucks portion of the CrossPlex Village Development. Not only will the new amenities serve visitors from around the country who attend events at the Birmingham CrossPlex, but they will also employ residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. Of the 101-rooms at Comfort Inn and Suites, 26 will be suites and it will also have lots of meeting space for the community.

“It’s important that our residents take advantage of the numerous employment opportunities that come with revitalizing our communities,” said Council Pro Tem Hoyt. “The CrossPlex in itself has been a factor of driving global interests to the heart of the western community, and it’s important that our citizens cash in on the benefits of these new developments.”

Perhaps the most exciting part of the entire project is Starbucks’ new Youth Leadership Development Program, which will train 30 young adults each year in restaurant management and customer service. The CrossPlex Village Starbucks will be only the third in the nation to offer this program.

Council Pro Tem Hoyt said he’s optimistic about the numerous professional development opportunities through the CrossPlex Village project especially those that are geared toward educating and developing the youth in our communities. “Our youth are our future business owners, employers, managers, etc.,” Council Pro Tem Hoyt said. “We have to constantly meet them where they are and help develop their character through opportunities such as the Youth Development Leadership Program offered by Starbucks. I’m beyond excited to witness the changes and growth that our communities will see because of this.”

This article is a contribution from Interim Director of Public Information Chiara Perry and Community Engagement Specialist Max Rykov in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.