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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Another New Downtown Fairhope Building Approved

Fairhope, Alabama

Updated March 2017 to include new design photo.





The Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for a new mixed-use building in the central business district at 108 N. Section Street (across from the police station) on a site once occupied by a 'Circle K' convenience store; currently used as an antiques store.
 
The first floor will be 6,934 sq ft of commercial space for seven tenants and the second and third floors 7,735 square feet with seven residential units.

Total gross square footage is 14,659 square feet.

Garbage pickup and required parking issues on Section Street will still have to be worked out to the satisfaction of the Public Works Department.

The property is owned by John Brandon; and is currently appraised for $755K, according to county records.

The city council will still have to approve the plan.

existing building

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are losing our little town for $$$$$$$$.

Anonymous said...

Parking? Perhaps the adjacent cemetery will be considered. No exhumation required of the departed. Design the foundation for a multi-level parking garage, in and around graves! So many trees have been destroyed in Fairhope already, a few more shouldn't matter. Keep priorities in order!

Anonymous said...

We need a full time city council who will show up morethan just to pick up a paycheck to tackle these problems.

Anonymous said...

most of them are for sale anyway. they ought to wear naascar like patches on their uniforms so we know who owns them

Anonymous said...

Greed is unbounded.

Anonymous said...

This sucks. How much more can people try to fit into our little downtown? So the people of Fairhope want this? I would say NOT. Building was a 7-11, not a Circle K. Not that these new people, who are only interested in making money "developing" our town, would know that. Go away.

Anonymous said...

Big improvement!

Anonymous said...

Great!-next I hope to read an artice about the 60 acre trailer park coming to thompson hall rd, INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS, directly next to and across from New construction 300-400k homes!!!!!! I have a feeling they wont be bragging on that Fairhope expansion.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried to find space to lease downtown lately?

Anonymous said...

We had a city council who tried to do what was right for the city and look what happened to them.

Marcell Wallace said...

What's wrong with trailer parks inside the city limits?

Anonymous said...

Sad, sad, sad!!!! Stop the madness!! Too much change and too many people.I have lived here all my life and do not like to see the Fairhope I know destroyed . There is not enough parking to handle anymore traffic. City council stop and think about what you are doing!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well as for covering up the cemetery for a parking lot,Kant has already move a bunch.During the installation of the 1980's new sewage system,he was city manager.Phil nix was mayor.Over 67 were dumped in the landfill with the reasoning that there were no heirs to claim them.Yet over 19 families came forward to claim them as their ancestors of the oldest black residence of the single tax colony.
Just another big block building with out the increase of actual infrastructure improvements,and someone has a back door deal somewhere.

Anonymous said...

City of Fairhope is inundated with too many small retail/office space. Remember when the office space available was above Single Tax and above what is now Cybeles and Christine Liston's. Where is this going to stop? No parking, and thanks for reminder about the single tax cememtary. Had forgotten about that. Maybe should be made more public with Kant and Krew (Nix) since Nix Jr wants to get into Fairhope's pockets.

Anonymous said...

Can we get space for tiny homes maybe next to the trailer park?

Anonymous said...

Where will people park?
Given that it takes years to get any project to completion in Fairhope, this is one more reason to avoid downtown at all costs.

Anonymous said...

If you had proof of this someone would have stopped this or put in jail.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a beautiful upgrade to me.

Anonymous said...

naive

Anonymous said...

It is that knucklehead Jock burel who wants to make Greeno and Fairhope avenues commercial strips for his devloper buddys!

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but this is downtown. Has nothing to do with Greeno Road.

Anonymous said...

"Garbage pickup and required parking issues on Section Street will still have to be worked out to the satisfaction of the Public Works Department."

Obviously they have no idea what they're doing.

Anonymous said...

This will be a great addition in my opinion. I like downtown areas that have a mix of residential condos/businesses. Change is inevitable. So, basically we are trading a store that sells "antiques", otherwise known as other peoples discarded marked up junk for a seven unit residential building and seven businesses? Sounds like a no brainer to me. I would rather be able to frequent seven different businesses than one "antique" (junk) store. However, that is just my opinion. Downtown Fairhope is what a lot of people are looking for. Living in a subdivision is okay for some people, but in my opinion it doesn't offer the convenience of living in an area where you can walk to restaurants and shops. I agree that I'm not a fan of large apartment complexes. They are usually built very cheaply and really only benefit the owner. Eventually, they will turn into areas like Lake Forrest. Lake Forrest was once the area to move to. But now, it is an area of deteriorating houses that are being sold at low costs and not maintained. I'm sure the crime rate is high there as well. Controlled, smart growth is the way to go and developments like this one is very smart. Hopefully, developers buy some additional buildings downtown and do the same type of mix development. We need more diverse restaurants and shops!

Anonymous said...

yep, it's like I've said for years "everyone wants to be the last person in, close the gates!"

change is inevitable folks. deal with it...or move elsewhere.

#thereisnoutopia

Anonymous said...

Developing a work-live complex is an excellent idea for a town that enjoys their people. So long as the plan of the building is with the same architecture in keeping the charm of Fairhope.

Providing living space above these shop will only help restaurants and local business, most that live in this type of arrangement tend to remain downtown, they walk to shops and tend to eat at the local restaurants. Parking for residences and the shop must be part of the parcel, instead of saying no, the problems need to be addressed and worked out.

The more cafes that open up, that can use the sidewalks the more individuals will come to the city and more that come to the city, the more Fairhope will flourish.

Everyone that claims that have been in Fairhope 'a long time' must remember the Fairhope of 1970-1978, Fairhope was almost a ghost town.

My wife and I are both professionals, our children are all grown and gone, we're still in our fifties, and we would love to live in a condo downtown, provided the town stop it's infighting and keep site of the fact that without sustainable growth, the balance sheet of Fairhope will begin to see the losses that were experienced in 2009 and 2010.

To the dismay of many, this rapid growth, fees, new taxes has helped Fairhope's balance sheet during the time of need, if these fees decline, then Fairhope will see the effect adversely.

Fairhope doesn't want to look like Daphne or Spanish Fort, nor Foley, but in order for Fairhope to sustain the level of services, the city must grow. Smart growth, but growth is needed for any city, county, country to survive.

Here's some food for thought: A basic economic lesson, if you don't have families with more than two children then the country, city or county will decline.

You see, it takes a minimum of two children, one to replace you and one to replace your spouse, but growth will be stagnated. If you have 3 children then one to replace you, one to replace your spouse and one to consume more. The same fact can be applied to the city without using children as an example, the city needs others to move here to consume and help the city flourish.

Anonymous said...

I live in Fairhope and I welcome others, as I was welcomed. We do not own this land. I find most of the comments here to be greedy and selfish.

Anonymous said...

Actually this picture looks nothing like what is actually being built which is much smaller, with an interior courtyard. Go to the site and see the " real" elevation picture they are building. Very pretty.

Publisher said...

You are correct, the design was changed since this post last Summer: the existing building will not be demolished but incorporated into the new design.