Now Open: Twisted Root Burger Co. & Firehouse Subs

TWISTED-ROOTSouthpace is proud to have helped Twisted Root Burger Co. and Firehouse Subs find their perfect location in the Birmingham area and we encourage you to pay them a visit, as they are “Now Open” for business!

Twisted Root Burger Co.            Vestavia Hills

If you’re looking for a burger that absolutely requires the use of both hands to eat it, then you’ve come to the right place! With burgers boasting names like Freshman 15, Big Tex and The Kevin Bacon, you’re sure to never leave the Twisted Root Burger Co. hungry. But don’t worry, they also offer a lighter menu with salads, a turkey burger and vegan burger (yes, that’s a real thing!).  And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can ask about the game meat they have in season – varying from elk to gator to camel and even kangaroo!

Stutts Everette and Tyler Bradford represented Twisted Root Burger Co. in the leasing of 3,759 SF at 2501 Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Firehouse Subs – Homewood

It’s getting steamy on Green Springs Highway in Homewood, thanks to the opening of a new Firehouse Subs! Stop by their newest location and treat yourself to a steamed sub piled high with delicious deli meats. Try one of their classic hot specialty subs like the Hook & Ladder® or The Firehouse Hero®. They even have subs and salads under 500 calories!

Blake Thomas and Troy Gisi represented the landlord in the leasing of 2,080 SF to Firehouse Subs at 800 Green Springs Highway in Homewood, Alabama.

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March done deals: Starbucks and downtown accounting firm

starbucks_logoSpring has sprung! And so are all the deals our brokers are working on this time of year. We’re excited to announce not only a new location for Starbucks in Tupelo, Mississippi, but that we officially also have new neighbors in the Title Building. Please join us in welcoming Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith to downtown Birmingham!

Andrew Loveman, CCIM represented Starbucks in the leasing of 2,000 SF at 3354 North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Blake Crowe, CCIM represented the landlord in the leasing of 2,987 SF to Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith in the Title Building at 300 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard in Birmingham, Alabama.

David Ashford, CCIM represented the landlord in the leasing of 2,000 SF to Le Nails at Whole Foods Market Plaza at the corner of Lorna Road and Highway 31 in Hoover, Alabama. Ashford also represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 1,860 SF to Once Upon a Time at Country Club Park in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Stutts Everette represented the landlord in lease renewals of 1,902 SF to Black Pearl Asian Cuisine and 3,898 SF to Pablo’s Restaurante & Cantina at The Colonnade shopping center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Blake Thomas and Troy Gisi represented the landlord in the leasing of 1,500 SF to Tax Capital at the Palisades Shopping Center in Homewood, Alabama.

Rich Vanchina, CCIM, SIOR and Jim Collins, CCIM represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 45,051 SF to Southern Beauty at 165 Goodrich Drive in Tarrant, Alabama. Vanchina also represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 13,580 SF to Unkanny Enterprises at Continental Gin Industrial Park in Avondale, Alabama. Vanchina also represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 1,313 SF to Rob Walker Architects at 2229 1st Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama. Vanchina also represented the landlord in the leasing of 7,500 SF to Swag Home Staging and Design at 3113 5th Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama.

Southpace Properties, Inc. is Alabama’s largest independent commercial real estate firm. At Southpace, we add value to the use and ownership of commercial real estate through services such as office, retail, land, warehouse and industrial sales and leasing, tenant and landlord representation, development, consulting, investment sales, property management and construction management. With 13 CCIM designees, Southpace has the highest number of CCIM accredited brokers in the Southeast under one roof.

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Featured Property: Prime Parkside Redevelopment Opportunity

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Rendering of a possible mixed-use development in the Swalley Building (hendon + huckestein architects, PC)

This week’s featured property is an excellent redevelopment opportunity in the former Swalley Building for an office/warehouse, loft or mixed-use property at 1143 First Avenue South in the booming Parkside district of Birmingham.

Located just down the street from Railroad Park and Regions Field and consisting of three buildings totaling more than 136,000± SF on a four-acre site, you won’t find a better opportunity for development in midtown Birmingham.

This site boasts all the attractions of Parkside including Barons baseball games, afternoons at the park, patio time at Good People Beer and strolls to nearby restaurants and coffee bars. Plus, it’s within walking distance to UAB, Children’s Hospital and the downtown Central Business District. And did we mention there is great visibility on I-65 with more than 138,000 vehicles per day?

This property is also in great company with other Parkside developments, including neighboring projects Baker’s Row, The Stockyard, The Negro Southern League Museum and two other major multifamily developments totaling 464 units.

Don’t miss your chance to make your mark in the red hot Parkside district. Contact Rich Vanchina, CCIM, SIOR today to learn more about this opportunity at 205.326.2222.

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Meet the New Face at Southpace

kathy_C_loresPlease join us in welcoming a new face to Southpace Properties!

Kathy Okrongley joined Southpace in late February, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry with a focus primarily on commercial development. She has operated and managed various development companies for almost 15 years, following a proven career as Senior Real Estate Manager for Walgreens.

One of Kathy’s most recent projects is the Walgreens development in the Lakeview District of Birmingham. She has also completed Walgreens developments in Alexander City, Alabama, Dacula, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. Kathy also managed the renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic Fire Station #22 in Birmingham, converting it into a 4,000 SF income-producing retail structure.

Kathy’s experience encompasses all aspects of project development, including site and market analysis, site planning and design, acquisitions, contract negotiations, zoning and entitlement, team management, pro-forma analysis and construction management.

In her new role at Southpace, Kathy will focus on commercial retail developments, client-based development needs and renovations of historic buildings for adaptive reuse.

Welcome to our team Kathy, we are thrilled to have you on board!

Southpace Properties, Inc. is Alabama’s largest independent commercial real estate firm. At Southpace, we add value to the use and ownership of commercial real estate through services such as office, retail, land, warehouse and industrial sales and leasing, tenant and landlord representation, development, consulting, investment sales, property management and construction management. With 13 CCIM designees, Southpace has the highest number of CCIM accredited brokers in the Southeast under one roof.

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Now Open: Jersey Mike’s Subs and Chipotle Mexican Grill

jersey-mikes-logo-colorNow Open: Jersey Mike’s Subs and Chipotle Mexican Grill

Southpace is proud to have helped Jersey Mike’s Subs and Chipotle Mexican Grill find their perfect location at the new Vestavia Commons shopping center and we encourage you to pay them a visit, as they are “Now Open” for business!

Jersey Mike’s Subs – Vestavia Commons

Vestavia now has a little piece of the Jersey Shore in its own backyard! Jersey Mike’s Subs is officially open and slinging sandwiches to customers, piled high with the most delicious deli meat in town. Stop by their new location and try their one of their mouth watering cold or hot subs like the Jersey Mike’s Famous Philly Cheese Steak!

Andrew Loveman, CCIM represented Jersey Mike’s Subs in the leasing of 1,200 SF in the Vestavia Commons shopping center at 1031 Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Chipotle Mexican Grill – Vestavia Commons

Things are getting muy caliente in Vestavia, and we’re not talking about spring temperatures approaching. We’re talking about the menu at the new Chipotle Mexican Grill that is now open at the Vestavia Commons. Whether you have a hankering for a burrito, taco, bowl or salad, the folks at Chipotle can take care of you and your craving. Stop by and see them in their new location today!

Bryan Holt, CCIM represented Chipotle Mexican Grill in the leasing of 2,400 SF in the Vestavia Commons shopping center at 1031 Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

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Southpace Brokers Complete Local Transactions During the Months of January and February

chickensaladchickOur brokers are off to a great start so far in 2016! They’ve closed several deals in the past couple of months and have also brought in a few new restaurants into different submarkets—including Chicken Salad Chick at the Whole Foods Market shopping center in Hoover and IronStone Pizza works at the Vestavia City Center. Read below to find out what other retailers are coming soon!

David Ashford, CCIM represented the landlord in the leasing of 3,200 SF to Chicken Salad Chick at the new Whole Foods Market Plaza shopping center at the corner of Highway 31 and Highway 150 in Hoover, Alabama.

Stutts Everette represented IronStone Pizza Works in the leasing of 6,910 SF at 624 Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Bryan Holt, CCIM represented Great Clips in the leasing of 1,200 SF at Magnolia Place shopping center in Daphne, Alabama.

John Lauriello, CCIM and Blake Crowe, CCIM represented the owners in the sale of 1.14 acres to a developer on Blue Lake Drive in Birmingham, Alabama. Lauriello and Crowe also represented the buyer in the purchase of 1.5 acres on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South in Birmingham, Alabama.

Andrew Loveman, CCIM represented the landlord in the leasing of 1,050 SF to an insurance agency at the Shoppes of Rainbow Landing in Rainbow City, Alabama.

Bill McDavid, CCIM represented DHL Express in the leasing of 11,000 SF at Gunter Industrial Park in Montgomery, Alabama.

Blake Crowe, CCIM represented the landlord in the lease expansion of 1,600 SF to an existing tenant at 2101 Highland Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama. Crowe also represented the landlord in renewing a 900 SF tenant at Cahaba Road in Birmingham, Alabama. Crowe also represented the landlord in the lease renewal of 2,035 SF to Monroe, Trippe & Brown at 2101 First Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama. Crowe also represented the landlord in a lease renewal of a 1,350 SF tenant, 4,000 SF to an existing tenant and 2,650 SF to an existing tenant.

Joseph Sedita represented the owner in the sale of a 4,000 SF office to an investor at 1853 Bessemer Road in Birmingham, Alabama.

Blake Thomas and Troy Gisi represented the landlord in the leasing of 30,000 SF to Urban Air Trampoline Park at 800 Green Springs Highway in Homewood, Alabama.

Rich Vanchina, CCIM, SIOR and Jim Collins, CCIM represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 25,000 SF to The Royal Standard at 165 Goodrich Drive in Birmingham, Alabama. Vanchina also represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 1,734 SF to Studio C Architecture at 2229 1st Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama. Vanchina also represented the landlord in the leasing of 5,000 SF to Diamond Group at 3681 Pine Lane in Bessemer, Alabama.

Blake Crowe, CCIM and Joseph Sedita represented Teach for America in the leasing of 1,744 SF at 2307 First Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama.

Julie Gieger, CCIM, CPM represented the landlord in the lease renewal of seven commercial lots to Bennette’s Motor World at 2212 3rd Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama. Gieger also represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 1,000 SF at 2165 Rocky Ridge Road in Birmingham, Alabama.

David Ashford, CCIM and Troy Gisi represented the landlord in a lease renewal of 1,300 SF to AAA Auto Insurance at Lorna Town Square in Birmingham, Alabama.

Southpace Properties, Inc. is Alabama’s largest independent commercial real estate firm. At Southpace, we add value to the use and ownership of commercial real estate through services such as office, retail, land, warehouse and industrial sales and leasing, tenant and landlord representation, development, consulting, investment sales, property management and construction management. With 12 CCIM designees, Southpace has the highest number of CCIM accredited brokers in the Southeast under one roof.

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Looking Back at Cascade Plunge with Greg Despinakis

1920 postcard view of Cascade Plunge entrance. Credit: www.bhamwiki.com

1929 postcard view of Cascade Plunge entrance. Credit: www.bhamwiki.com

I was about six or seven years old the first time I rode the streetcar from Norwood with my mom and sisters to Cascade Plunge.

We loved Cascade Plunge and made many visits there during the summer months. The magnificent Olympic-sized pool was fed by a year round (and very cold!) natural spring. My mother would pack a picnic lunch and we would eat under the shaded pavilion facing the pool.

As the years passed, additions were made to Cascade Plunge, including the famous “Cloud Room” which boasted many private parties, wedding receptions and other social events, including the annual Birmingham Bar Association soiree.

Over time, deterioration took its toll, and the pool was eventually stocked with fish to allow the children in the neighborhood the opportunity to go fishing. The splendor of the Cascade Plunge from my childhood was no more.

While the Cascade Plunge may not currently live up to the glory that it once was, it will soon have a new life breathed into it by its new owners, Habitat for Humanity.

Never could I have imagined at the age of seven that I would grow up to become a realtor and represent the sellers of the 19 acres Cascade Plunge property to Habitat for Humanity, championed by my good friend Mike Graham of Graham and Company.

As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”

Greg Despinakis is an Associate Broker at Southpace Properties

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Southpace Has Largest Presence Among All Firms in BCRC Commercial Club of Excellence

BCRC copyFor 27 years of the 28-year history of the Birmingham Commercial Realtors Council Commercial Club of Excellence (and 18 years in a row!), Southpace Properties Inc. has been honored to have more brokers named to the BCRC Commercial Club of Excellence than any other real estate firm.

This year proves as no exception with a total of 13 brokers receiving award recognition for their outstanding sales and achievements in 2015.

Southpace’s qualifying brokers in the sales and leasing division and investment division include: John Lauriello, Bill McDavid, Bryan Holt, Rich Vanchina, Blake Crowe, Andrew Loveman, Michael Randman, David Ashford, Stephen Lazarus, Stutts Everette, Steve Mordecai, Bob Vines and Joseph Sedita.

Not only is Southpace proud to have achieved placement in the Commercial Club of Excellence, but also to have received other affiliated honors and awards including Southpace Principal John Lauriello becoming a 34 Years Club Member and Michael Randman becoming a 22 Years Club Member.

Several Southpace brokers received Vulcan awards (having qualified for 10+ years) including Bryan Holt, Bill McDavid, Blake Crowe, Rich Vanchina and David Ashford. Bob Vines became a New Life Member in 2015 (qualifying this year for the third time in a five year period) while Steve Mordecai, Stutts Everette, Andrew Loveman, and Stephen Lazarus remain Life Members (continuing to qualify).

Each of the Southpace brokers mentioned above, as well as many commercial real estate brokers at other local firms, were honored with a BCRC Commercial Club of Excellence awards ceremony luncheon on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at The Club in Birmingham.

Having such a large presence in the BCRC Commercial Club of Excellence is something for which we are extremely proud. Congratulations to all of our brokers for this great achievement.

 

Southpace Properties, Inc. is Alabama’s largest independent commercial real estate firm. At Southpace, we add value to the use and ownership of commercial real estate through services such as office, retail, land, warehouse and industrial sales and leasing, tenant and landlord representation, development, consulting, investment sales, property management and construction management. With 12 CCIM designees, Southpace has the highest number of CCIM accredited brokers in the Southeast under one roof.

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Now Open: Cahaba Brewing Company & Zoës Kitchen

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Photo credit: Cahaba Brewing instagram

Southpace is proud to have played a part in helping the businesses below find their perfect location in the Birmingham area and we encourage you to pay them a visit as they are “Now Open!”

Cahaba Brewing Company – Avondale

When Cahaba Brewing Company outgrew its former location on 3rd Avenue South, they definitely chose the right place to expand—The Continental Gin Industrial Park. With more than 21,000 SF of warehouse space to offer, Cahaba Brewing, recently named one of the South’s Best Breweries by Southern Living, now has both a larger production facility and taproom for guests.

Stop by the new Cahaba Brewing location at 4500 5th Avenue South to try one of their tasty craft beers, like the Liquidambar or American Blonde Ale, or join them on Tuesday nights for Fortunate Son Trivia. And when the weather is warm, be sure to join the other sun-seeking, craft-beer-enjoying crowds on their incredible patio.

Rich Vanchina, CCIM, SIOR represented the landlord in the leasing of 21,000 SF to Cahaba Brewing Company at Continental Gin Industrial Park in Avondale, Alabama. John Tally of Red Rock Realty represented the tenant.

Zoës Kitchen – Brook Highland Plaza

Many locals are quite familiar with  Zoës Kitchen, an eatery famous for bringing the taste of the Mediterranean to Birmingham. We’re pleased to announce that fans of the fresh food concept now have more opportunities to “live Mediterranean” with the addition of a new Zoës Kitchen location.

Stop by for your favorite dish—whether it’s their chicken roll up or red pepper hummus or steak kabob—at their new location at Brook Highland Plaza at 5247 Highway 280.

Bryan Holt, CCIM and Stutts Everette represented Zoës Kitchen in a built-to-suit at Brook Highland Plaza in Birmingham, which will be the fast casual chain’s first freestanding restaurant in Alabama.

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Southpace Broker David Ashford chosen as BBJ Top 40 Under 40 honoree

davidashford_loresSouthpace has recently added yet another Top 40 Under 40 honoree to our list.

David Ashford, CCIM, Director of our Retail Division and Associate Broker, has just been named to the  Birmingham Business Journal 2016 Top 40 Under 40 class.

The BBJ calls David “The $100 million dollar man” as a nod to the more than $150 million dollars in gross transaction volume he has closed in his 15-year commercial real estate career to date.

Some of David’s most notable transactions include helping bring the Whole Foods Market to the Hoover area in what was formerly known as the Riverchase Village shopping center and also selling the Doster Construction headquarters in Irondale. He is also currently responsible for leasing more than 1,100,000 square feet of shopping center space.

David and the other Top 40 honorees will be celebrated at a cocktail event Thursday, February 18th at Iron City. Please join us in congratulating him on this accomplishment!

Click here to see the full list of the BBJ’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40.

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