The Star at Uptown, a mixed-used development is set to come up on a former hospital site in North Birmingham. Early site work has already commenced on the 50-acre Carraway Hospital campus, which has remained closed since 2008. With the demolition work completed for the first of eleven buildings, the project is now becoming more visible to passersby. The Corporate Realty developed project has been in the works for about 4 years.
The first building razed for The Star at Uptown project was located three blocks north of Top Golf. More specifically, its location was near the corner of 15th Avenue North on Carraway Boulevard. Further demolition will continue on ten more buildings and this is scheduled to be completed by year’s end. In the end, these new spaces will accommodate a mixed-use development consisting of office, retail, entertainment, hotel, and residential spaces.
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Timeline and development plans for The Star at Uptown
Construction on The Star at Uptown is expected to commence by 2023. Starting with multi-family housing, then later followed by other components which will be added over the course of several years. The hospital’s main building will be converted to multi-family housing, consisting of about 44 to 48 market-rate residences. These units will have prices ranging between $350,000 and $450,000. Afterward, more housing, commercial and entertainment spaces will be included. In addition, several structures on-site, including parking decks and other hospital buildings, will undergo some renovations for future use.
The Star at Uptown is named after the Carraway Hospital’s iconic blue star landmark, which is also slated for renovation. According to the City Council’s President Wardine Alexander, The Star once attracted people to the corner of Birmingham. He said the city was eager to see it draw people down there again. Furthermore, Alexander also spoke on the importance of blight removal and revitalization, commending Corporate Realty for making a real difference.
Council member Darrell O’Quinn also said involving residents in The Star at Uptown project was an important aspect of the process. Over the years, several work sessions were organized in the community and residents were able to give their input. Quinn said he was happy that residents in surrounding areas were also included in this process.