CrossPlex redevelopment slated to begin in November

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Design Review Committee was set to discuss major changes coming to the CrossPlex and the surrounding Five Points West neighborhood at a special work session Wednesday morning.

One of the major changes is transforming 38 acres around the CrossPlex, to be named CrossPlex Village.

There will be new restaurants, shopping, hotels, entertainment spaces, and eventually a medical center.

The redevelopment will be broken into different phases. Phase one will start before the end of the year.

“This represents a project that has been sought after for many years, but the community basically indicated that they were looking for a project that would enable them to shop in their own community,” said Bob Nesbitt, the project developer.

The city of Birmingham will begin its work on the infrastructure starting in November.

For people living in the Five Points West Community, it’s been a long time coming.

Dora Sims, president of the Five Points West Neighborhood Association thinks the development will be a good think all around and could dramatically boost the local economy.

“We know that when it begins it’s just going to make a resurgence here, like a renaissance, a rebirth of economic development not only for that business sector but for our neighborhoods that’s around it,” said Sims.

Sims hopes the redevelopment will encourage more people to move back into the area.

Nesbitt estimates that the entire project will be completed in about three years.

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