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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Development Review: May 2015

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:

1401 Memorial Pky. NW: Alterations to a retail building for EBR Huntsville LLC (At Home). Contractor: Parkway Construction and Associates. $1.6 Million

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Development Review: April 2015

Whole Foods Market, under construction at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and Bob Wallace Ave. (Photo credit: James Vandiver)
Note: The 2014 Huntsville Development Review is now available online

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:

2501 Memorial Parkway SW: Finish-out of a retail building for Whole Foods Market. Contractor: KMD Construction, LLC. $3.21 Million

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Development Review: March 2015

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:

248 Dunlop Blvd. SW: Alterations to an industrial building for Science and Engineering Services, Inc. Contractor: Simco Construction. $2.2 Million

1 Hospital Dr. SW: Alterations to a medical building for Community Health Systems/Crestwood Medical Center. Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie. $1.84 Million

101 Sivley Rd. SW: Alterations to a medical lab for Huntsville Hospital. Contractor: James Hill Acoustical. $1.8 Million

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Development Review: February 2015

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:

237 Johns Rd. NW: Construction of a sanctuary for Westminster Christian Academy. Contractor: Woodward Construction and Design. $5 Million

970 Balch Rd. NW: Construction of a building for Balch Road Partners (fitness center). Contractor: Summit Structures. $1.63 Million

401 The Bridge St. NW, Unit 120: Alterations to a restaurant space for BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Contractor: Haley Construction. $1.35 Million

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Development Review: January 2015

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd. SW: Alterations to an airport for Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority (new jet bridges). Contractor: Johnson Contractors. $10.1 Million

7200 Redstone Gateway SW: Finish-out of an office space for Frantz Corporate Services Group/DRS Technologies. Contractor: Rand Construction. $5.66 Million

7200 Redstone Gateway SW, Unit B: Finish-out of an office space for Frantz Corporate Services Group/DRS Technologies. Contractor: Rand Construction. $2.83 Million

1816 Remington Cir. SW: Alterations to an industrial space for Remington Arms. Contractor: Burns & McDonnell Engineering. $1.8 Million

10008 Memorial Pky. SW: Alterations to a retail space for Pet Depot. Contractor: McQuinn & Eastep Construction. $375,000

309 Pelham Ave. SW, Unit B5: Alterations to a retail space for Tom Wang (Nail Salon). Contractor: McQuinn & Eastep Construction. $328,000

2801 Memorial Pky. SW, Unit 264: Alterations to a retail space for CBL Properties/Bath and Body Works. Contractor: Horizon Retail Construction. $303,000

365 The Bridge St. NW, Unit 101: Alterations to a retail space for SAPH Alabama. Contractor: Prairie Contractors. $254,000

388 Wade Rd. SE: Construction of a community building for Flint River LP (Flint River Apartments). Contractor: Hunters Walk Home Center. $230,000

6215 Old Madison Pike NW: Alterations to a building for Buffalo Rock. Contractor: JR Robinson Construction. $207,000

5510 Promenade Point Pky. NW, Unit 110: Finish-out of a retail space for Madison Retail Partners/Picture Perfect. Contractor: Huntsville Design and Construction. $149,000

200 Clinton Ave. NW, 1st and 2nd Floors: Alterations to an office space for Regions. Contractor: Stutts Corporation. $100,000

Residential Permits (new construction) in Huntsville city limits:
In January, 167 housing units were permitted, including 85 single- and 82 multi-family units. The top tract for building permits last month was 109.01 (Hampton Cove), where 84 units were permitted, 12 single- and 72 multi-family. This is a 42.7% increase over January 2014, when 117 housing units (61 single-family and 56 multi-family) were permitted.

Residential Certificates of Occupancy (new construction) in Huntsville city limits:
90 housing units were granted certificates of occupancy (CO’s), including 51 single- and 39 multi-family units. The top tract for CO’s in the month of January was 19.02 (Jones Valley) where 24 housing units were added, all multi-family. This is a 15.4% increase over January 2014, when 78 housing units (77 single-family and 1 multi-family) were granted CO’s.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Development Review: December 2014

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:
345 Voyager Way NW: Construction of an office building for Vette Properties (Logicore headquarters). Contractor: Fite Building. $9.89 Million

1100 Redstone Gateway SW: Alterations to an office building for Corporate Office Properties Trust/Boeing. Contractor: BL Harbert International. $1.35 Million

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Look Ahead 2015

Here's what to look forward to in Huntsville development for 2015:

Comprehensive Plan

A shameless plug on The BIG Picture-- Huntsville's comprehensive planning effort. The public involvement phase will be winding down in late spring, but not before several more Citizens Academies, including one on Transportation. The first half of the report (historic and existing conditions) will be released in the next month or so, with the full report (hopefully) approved by the end of the year. Check out bigpicturehuntsville.com for updates, and sign up for the email newsletter

Downtown

The Avenue-- Charlie Sealy's next downtown project-- will begin construction early this year. Construction will also begin on CityCentre at Big Spring-- the mixed-use redevelopment of the Holiday Inn site. These two developments have nearly 400 apartment units between them, bringing the total units constructed in Downtown since 2010 to over 700. There's also the potential of at least a dozen new restaurants in Downtown with these projects. CityCentre includes a boutique hotel in its first phase, and I expect another to be announced elsewhere. Plans for the Coca-Cola site at Clinton and Monroe will become clearer. A baseball park somewhere Downtown is still a possibility, but a team and a developer willing to foot the bill would be necessary to make it happen. 

Research Park

The future of Cummings Research Park is going to be discussed further this year, especially the area east of Research Park Blvd. As companies consolidate their office space, they have left large swaths of vacant office space in their wake. Making problems worse, much of this space was built more than 20 years ago, making it obsolete for today's workforce needs. It may be time to rethink the park's restrictive zoning policy to allow for non-office uses such as apartments and restaurants that could replace at least some of the aging office buildings. 

Grocery Stores

The existing "Big Three" grocers (Walmart, Kroger, and Publix) will continue expanding. Walmart will be building mostly small neighborhood market stores throughout Madison County, and only one full-size "Supercenter" will begin construction at the corner of Winchester and Homer Nance in Northeast Huntsville. 

In 2014, I expected two (maybe three) new grocery store chains to enter the Huntsville market. Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods announced plans to open one store each, February and this fall respectively. The third chain was Trader Joe's, which announced in 2014 that its first store in Alabama will open in late 2015... in Birmingham. With that said, I think this is the year TJ's will announce a Huntsville location, with an opening in 2016. 

Etc...

Town Madison will get started, but don't expect a whole lot of new-to-the-area stores... Cabela's will open later this year just south of Research Park-- some smaller retailers and restaurants are expected to follow... Three new-to-Huntsville restaurants will open at Bridge Street this year-- Texas de Brazil (January), Bravo! Cucina Italiana (January), and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse... At Home, formerly known as Garden Ridge, will open a store in the soon-to-be-former Kmart on North Parkway in the summer... The old Walmart across from Parkway Place will be filled... We may learn more about a shopping center in Jones Valley... Joe Davis Stadium will be torn down in the fall, possibly for an indoor sports facility... Construction will continue on the redevelopment of the old Stone Middle School property, which will be home to two breweries and an amphitheater.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Development Review: November 2014

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:
7090 Governors West NW: Construction of a retail building for Cabela’s Inc. Contractor: CDI Contractors. $12.94 Million

130 Vintage Dr. NE: Alterations to an industrial building for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Contractor: Oneal Constructors. $5.06 Million

201 Quality Cir. NW: Construction of a building for Mushashi, LLC. Contractor: Timing, LLC. $1.2 Million

3110 Mountain Cove Cir. SE: Footing, foundation and shell of a shopping center for EHDS Properties. Contractor: Don Spurlin Construction. $1.1 Million

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Development Review: October 2014

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:
11000 North Turnmeyer Dr. SE: Addition to an assisted living facility for Redstone Village. Contractor: Fite Building. $3.52 Million

918 Bob Wallace Ave. SW: Construction of a retail building for Max Grelier/RCP Merchants Walk LLC. Contractor: Stewart Perry Company. $2.74 Million

2501 Memorial Pky. SW: Foundation and shell of a grocery store for RCP Merchants Walk LLC/Whole Foods Market. Contractor: Stewart Perry Company. $2.42 Million

920 Bob Wallace Ave. SW: Foundation and shell of a retail building for RCP Merchants Walk LLC. Contractor: Stewart Perry Company. $1.56 Million

30694 US 72 West NW: Construction of a retail building for Mazen Nuwayhid/Sure Save Pharmacy. Contractor: Consolidated Construction Company. $1.53 Million

101 Sivley Rd. SW: Alterations to a building for Huntsville Hospital (PACU expansion). Contractor: James Hill Acoustical. $1.1 Million

930 Bob Wallace Ave. SW: Foundation and shell of a retail building for RCP Merchants Walk LLC. Contractor: Stewart Perry Company. $1.02 Million

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Development Review: September 2014

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:
1 Cottonvalley Dr. NW: Alterations to an industrial building (engine block machining plant, etc.) for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Contractor: Duncan Machinery Movers. $6.2 Million

1003 Orchard St. NW: Construction of an industrial building for David Sosa/Acanthus Industrial Properties. Contractor: BL Harbert International. $2.6 Million

7504 US 72 West, Unit C: Construction of a retail store for George Tomlin/GBT/Hobby Lobby. Contractor: KTM Builders. $2 Million

1816 Remington Cir. SW: Footing, foundation and shell of small arms ranges for Remington Arms. Contractor: Burns & McDonnell Engineering. $1.5 Million

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Development Review: August 2014

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:
248 Dunlop Blvd. SW: Alterations to an industrial building for Science and Engineering Services (SES). Contractor: Simco Construction. $5.4 Million

7200 Redstone Gateway SW: Construction of an office building for Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)/DRS Technologies. Contractor: Robins and Morton. $5.2 Million

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Development Review: July 2014

Commercial Building Permits over $100,000 within Huntsville city limits:

150 Vintage Dr. NE: Alterations to an industrial building for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Contractor: Oneal Constructors. $2.8 Million

7504 US 72 West NW, Unit B: Construction of a retail building for GBT Realty/Sprouts Farmers Market. Contractor: Fulcrum Construction. $2.1 Million

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Development Review: June 2014

Permits for projects over $100,000 and within Huntsville city limits:
150 Vintage Dr. NW: Construction of a testing lab for Michael Williams/Qualitest Pharmacuticals. Contractor: Oneal Construction. $1.17 Million

2801 Memorial Pky. SW: Alterations to a retail space for CBL Properties/Forever 21. Contractor: Warwick Construction. $1.15 Million

6941 US 72 West NW: Construction of a clubhouse for Capital Park Apartments, LLC. Contractor: Hathaway Construction. $750,000

6972 University Dr. NW: Foundation and shell of an (Audi) auto dealership for Hiley Cars Huntsville. Contractor: Lee Builders. $600,000

1 Cottonvalley Dr. NW: Alterations to an industrial building for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Contractor: Duncan Machinery Movers. $540,000

6941 US 72 West NW, Unit 1700: Construction of a fitness center for Capital Park Apartments, LLC. Contractor: Hathaway Construction. $500,000

384 Caldwell Ln. SE: Construction of a clubhouse for Louis Breland/Breland Homes. Contractor: Breland Homes. $425,000

3111 Memorial Pky. NW: Repairs to a car wash for David Monk. Contractor: HardCo. $380,000
330 The Bridge St. NW, Unit 108: Alterations to a retail space for Bayer Properties/Kate Spade. Contractor: Atrium Industries. $300,000

2000 Andrew Jackson Way NE: A new building for Legacy Homes. Contractor: WH Smith Jr. Company. $250,000

310 The Bridge St. NW: Alterations to an office building for COPT/General Atomics. Contractor: Stutts Corporation. $226,000

720 Gallatin St. SW: Alterations to an office building (shell upgrade) for Twickenham Place Partners. Contractor: Robins and Morton. $225,000

1611 Pulaski Pike NW: Addition to a building for SG Management, LLC. Contractor: Red Clay. $200,000

975 Airport Rd. SW Unit J1: Alterations to a retail space for Seriously Southern, LLC (Chicken Salad Chick). Contractor: Jeff Copeland Builders. $180,000

1205 Memorial Pky. NW: Alterations to a building for Costco (new cooler/refrigeration cases). Contractor: Boatright Company. $174,000

1102 Gleneagles Dr. SW: Alterations to a medical clinic for David Uptagrafft. Contractor: Lee Builders. $168,000

415 Church St. NW: Interior alterations to an office building for Dr. John Wisda. Contractor: TRS Construction. $154,000

1 Clubhouse Ave. SW: Alterations to a building for ACTS Retirement Life (Magnolia Village). Contractor: Joe Still Building. $150,000

6941 US 72 West NW, Unit 1400: Construction of a car wash for Capital Park Apartments, LLC. Contractor: Hathaway Construction. $100,000

6941 US 72 West NW, Unit 1500: Construction of a mail kiosk for Capital Park Apartments, LLC. Contractor: Hathaway Construction. $100,000

Residential Permits (new construction) in Huntsville city limits:
In June, 329 housing units were permitted (68 single- and 261 multi-family). The top tract for building permits last month was 14.01 (Creekwood Park), where 233 units were permitted, all multi-family units with the Capital Park project on the south side of 72 West. This is a 242.7% increase over June 2013, when 96 housing units (all single-family) were permitted.

Residential Certificates of Occupancy (new construction) in Huntsville city limits:
254 housing units were granted certificates of occupancy (CO’s), 49 single- and 205 multi-family units. The top tract for CO’s in the month of May was 31 (Downtown) where 185 housing units were added, all multi-family units with the Artisan Twickenham Square project near Huntsville Hospital. This is a 3.3% increase over May 2013, when 246 housing units (96 single- and 150 multi-family) were granted CO’s.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Development Review: May 2014

Permits for projects over $100,000 and within Huntsville city limits:
461 The Bridge St. NW: A retail building for IMI Huntsville. This is part of the expansion of Bridge Street. Contractor: Hoar Construction. $8.5 Million

5029 Oakwood Rd. NW, Unit A: A new building for Oakwood University. Contractor: Pearce Construction. $2.5 Million

4710 University Dr. NW, Unit 10: Alterations to a building for Shakala, LLC/Boom Shakalaka (indoor trampoline facility). Contractor: Consolidated Construction. $525,000

355 Quality Cir. NW: Alterations to an office building for Graham and Company. Contractor: Carl Lowe Construction. $450,000

6200 Stringfield Rd. NW: Alterations to a building for Wiregrass Construction. Contractor: Red Clay. $436,000

216 West Side Square SW: Alterations to a building for Big Spring Partners/Broadway Group. Contractor: Broadway Construction. $400,000

4120 Triana Blvd. SW: A new building for Broadway Group/Dollar General. Contractor: Broadway Construction. $375,000

7900 Bailey Cove Rd. SE, Suite 10: Alterations to a retail space for YF Huntsville, LLC (Health Club). Contractor: West Central Design Build. $345,000

930 Old Monrovia Rd. NW, Unit 9: Alterations to a retail space for Mulenga Chileshe, d/b/a Ross Medical Educational Center. Contractor: Garber Construction. $307,000

4298 University Dr. NW: Alterations to a building for Speedy Cash. Contractor: S&H Construction. $275,000

310 The Bridge St. NW: Alterations to office space for Dustin Scaplo. Contractor: Dyson Construction. $200,000

2722 Carl T. Jones Dr. SW: Alterations to a building for Cole Real Estate Investments. Contractor: McQuinn & Eastep Construction. $180,000

9805 Kellner Rd. SW: Alterations to an office building for SAIC. Contractor: Hitt Contracting. $180,000

2801 Memorial Pky. SW: Alterations to a restaurant for Carrabba’s. Contractor: Garrard Construction. $175,000

2801 Memorial Pky. SW, Unit 105: Alterations to a retail space for Destination Maternity. Contractor: Englewood Construction. $156,000

150 Vintage Dr. NE: Addition to an industrial building for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Contractor: Joe Still Building. $150,000

6886 Governors West NW, Suite 112: Alterations to a building for Larry Hoffmeister/Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Contractor: JAMBR General Contractors. $150,000

445 The Bridge St. NW: Rack storage for Belk. Contractor: Moon Construction. $147,000

4240 Balmoral Dr. SW: Repairs to an office building for Gray, Johnson & Hayes LLC. Contractor: Reeves Custom Homes. $120,000

7105 Bailey Creek Cir. SE, Unit C: Alterations to a medical office building for Winton Properties. Contractor: Lee Builders. $100,000

Residential Permits (new construction) in Huntsville city limits:
In May, 88 housing units were permitted, all single-family. The top tract for building permits last month was 109.01 (Hampton Cove), where 27 units were permitted. This is a 3.3% decrease over May 2013, when 91 housing units (all single-family) were permitted.

Residential Certificates of Occupancy (new construction) in Huntsville city limits:
149 housing units were granted certificates of occupancy (CO’s), 65 single- and 84 multi-family units. The top tract for CO’s in the month of May was 112 (the Martin-Zierdt area) where 43 housing units were added (19 single- and 24 multi-family). This is a 17.3% increase over May 2013, when 127 housing units (80 single- and 47 multi-family) were granted CO’s.