RFP: Transform dangerous 25-acre public housing into mixed-income, mixed use (AL)

Birmingham (Alabama) Housing Authority will accept proposals until July 29, 2016 to turn the Southtown public housing community into a project incorporating commercial use and mixed income housing.

The site that’s been public housing for the past 75 years looks inviting to developers.

The 25 acre property is located just off University Boulevard near St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Lundy says dirt could move within the year.

All of the Southtown residents interviewed on July 6, 2016 said they support bringing in the bulldozer and moving the families.

Some families may choose to move to our existing public housing sites,” said Lundy. “Other families may decide to take a housing voucher. There may be a significant amount of families that want to come back to the redeveloped site.

Families who live at Southtown now will have first priority among people who apply for the property’s new affordable living units.

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