Council approves expansion of boundaries of the Druid Hills Urban Renewal Plan, discussions include possible redevelopment plans for Carraway Hospital
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday February 5, 2019
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL– The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved an item that expanded the boundaries of the Druid Hills Urban Renewal Plan. Druid Hills is one of 44 urban renewal districts in the city and was originally put in place in 1998. The item that passed expanded the current boundaries to include the derelict Carraway Hospital complex that has drawn interest from developers.
So what exactly does an Urban Renewal Plan do?
Some of the stated goals include, removing blight, eliminate underutilized structures and obsolete layouts, restore economic vitality and promote and establish an environment for mixed-use neighborhood projects.
Corporate Realty has been in discussion with the City about possible redevelopment plans for Carraway Hospital. Mayor Randall Woodfin said on Tuesday that no incentives have been placed on the table yet and the discussions are still in the preliminary stages. He expressed the need for maintaining a number of affordable housing options, ideally on the McArthur School property.
Councilor Steven Hoyt, chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee, agreed with Woodfin’s sentiment about affordable housing being a key component moving forward.
“Druid Hills still remains a residential district but it needs to coexist with its proximity to downtown,” Hoyt said. “I’m hoping we don’t create a silo, where we take care of Uptown but not the neighborhood. I think this development has to have balance. We want continuity. We have a responsibility to make sure the city looks the same on all sides…But hear me clearly, I’m for the project.”
This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For more information contact Interim Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council Chiara Perry at 205-254-2036.