Parkside development in Birmingham moving forward
The first phase will feature a mix of ephemeral tenants, including a local retailer Cabin Cycles and retail concept Garage sale, as well as a calendar of outdoor community events. In a press release, Orchestra Partners said recent developments are a big step forward in realizing its vision and that of a renowned landscape architect. Tom chef as stated in the Parkside master plan. The goal: to create a dynamic entertainment destination within walking distance connecting the surrounding neighborhoods.
A key element of the Urban Supply project is an alley called ‘The Aisle’ which will connect to the integrated outdoor spaces throughout the development. Orchestra Partners said Urban Supply will provide a safe environment for Birmingham residents to get out and enjoy the city.
“We intentionally incorporate exterior elements into every Orchestra experience, and Urban Supply is the best achievement of this approach to date,” said Hunter Renfroe, co-founder and director of Orchestra Partners. “Revitalizing this historic district into a great outdoors destination will provide a safe community gathering place for our residents to come together throughout the year. COVID-19[female[feminine and in the future.
The Parkside neighborhood is named because of its relationship with Railway park, the urban green space in the center of the city which has triggered a wave of redevelopment in the surrounding blocks. Leader was one of the main designers of Railroad Park, which opened ten years ago.
Orchestra Partners works with Alabama Power on the redevelopment of the historic Powell Steam Plant, on the east side of Railroad Park, as part of a larger master plan for the rapidly evolving Parkside neighborhood.
Cahaba Cycles, an independent Birmingham-area bicycle shop since 1982, plans to open their very first pop-up store at Urban Supply in April.
“With Railroad Park and the Rotary Trail close to Urban Supply, it’s refreshing to see the city center become more connected with so many cyclists, runners and pedestrians,” said Faris Malki, owner of Cahaba Cycles. “The cycling industry also experienced a major expansion during the pandemic. Establishing a pop-up in the heart of Parkside will help meet this increased demand, knowing that our community will soon be eager to spend more time outdoors to take advantage of the warm spring weather.
Urban Supply’s other announced pop-up will feature Garage Sale, a retail concept inspired by vintage purchases from the 1960s through the 1990s, Orchestra Partners said. Guided by Good baby management, a Denver-based real estate company specializing in building and developing space, Garage Sale plans to open at Urban Supply in April.
“With vinyl records, vintage clothing, outdoor shows and a bar where you can enjoy a margarita, Garage Sale will have a little something for anyone looking to take a vintage trip down memory lane,” Josh said. Sampson, founder of Good Baby Management. “Our team sees huge opportunities in Birmingham, and we look forward to bringing a unique twist to the inner city shopping scene this spring.”
The warehouse collection west of Railroad Park opened in 1931 to supply bulk cargo during the depths of the Great Depression in anticipation of better economic times – hence the name Urban Supply. Orchestra’s plans call for the restoration of historic structures into a mix of restaurants, bars, shops, offices and fitness concepts.
“Urban Supply is a preservation effort more than anything else,” Renfroe said. He cited recent projects in the neighborhood that converted existing structures into residential spaces, entertainment venues and offices, including the Denham Building and Baker’s Row “which have succeeded in paying homage to the historic fabric of our city”.
To build excitement around The Aisle, Orchestra Partners is teaming up with local businesses to host a series of coronavirus-safe outdoor events at Urban Supply. The first kicks off this weekend with “Fearless Fest,” a wellness pop-up celebrating self-care and community. It is scheduled for Saturday February 27 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Other events this spring include “Magic City Marketplace” on March 6, April 3 and May 8; “Grub on the Lot” on March 13, April 10 and May 15; “The Barking Lot” on March 17th and a Chicken and Beer Festival on April 16th. To view the full calendar of events and learn more about Urban Supply, visit www.urbansupplybham.com.
(Courtesy of Alabama News Center)