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Visions for Vacancies: What Do You Envision for the Rail District?

Birmingham's Rail District has a lot of potential; what do you envision for that side of town?

Hate seeing empty storefronts around Birmingham? Want to make your opinion heard about business development in your neighborhood?

In this week's Visions for Vacancies, we're not talking about a specific storefront or empty building, we're talking about one of Birmingham's newest business districts: the Rail District.

The Rail District can be found on Birmingham's east side, along South Eton Road. Grounded by businesses such as the and the — as well as the — the area is a mix of high-end condominiums and ground-floor storefronts.

There's already plenty of tenants in the Rail District — from yoga studios to insurance offices — but it has plenty of potential. And so, what do you envision for this side of town? What kind of businesses do you think should move in? Should it be retail-oriented or does it need more restaurants and bistros, like downtown?

You don't need to be a commercial developer or city planner — or have money to invest in a business project — to have the next great idea. We want to hear about it.

Robert Dempster May 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Hello Patch... We have Studio D (Located next to The Robot Garage) that can be rented for events-parties-groups-beautiful space...also as suggested before we have a space that we're looking to partner up with a coffee house....We designs and build out Come and have a look/see www.detroitrocksonline.com 248 398 9999
Laura Houser May 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
That's awesome! What other kinds of businesses do you see working well on your side of town?
Charlotte Eriksen June 05, 2012 at 02:04 AM
What happened to the brewery proposed for this area? (I think I remember that was an idea...?)

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