Here's the pros and cons of the project according to Hoover municipal officials:
- -- The Galleria is one of the largest malls in the state/region and has helped enhance recognition of Hoover.
- -- There is a relatively large number of restaurants and retail businesses surrounding the mall and throughout the city.
- -- There's a perception of safety and convenience with parking and accessibility.
- -- Relative to its size, Hoover offers a large number of hotels.
- -- Hoover has a limited perception as a convention destination, and the city is viewed by some non-locals as a "suburb with a big mall."
- -- The city lacks a traditional downtown and/or central business district with a density of visitor amenities and entertainment options.
- -- There are a number of potentially competitive event venues in the greater local marketplace.
- -- The city is inland, versus on a coast.
My alma mater, the University of Alabama at Birmingham aka UAB, has finally made up their minds on the design and scope of what they are going to place on the corner of 10th Avenue South & 13th Street South. It's going to become a visual arts center with classrooms, essentially replacing the nearly 40-year-old George Wallace Humanities Building on the 13th Street of the UAB campus. At the moment, the corner is a parking lot for the engineering buildings and Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Also UAB, has committed to finally placing an on-campus stadium for the UAB Blazers football and soccer teams at 6th Avenue South and 12th Street South. It will seat 25,000 to 30,000 and will have a large plaza adjacent to the stadium for tailgating. The stadium is a part of a measure will be presented to the University of Alabama system trustees for approval soon. The new master plan also calls for new access roads lining Interstate 65, a new science complex on University Boulevard and 18th Street South, and the eventual elimination of much of the street parking on campus, which would be replaced by parking decks. Score 2 for UAB and its decision to make some major moves and attempting to produce more dense and coherent development flowing with the urban core of Birmingham this past week.