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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Happen to This Empty Locale on Woodward?

This spot at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Oak Street has been empty for nearly a year.

This empty building sits at the gateway to downtown Birmingham, located at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Oak Street, just across the street from now-being-renovated .

Birmingham Patch wants to know: What's your vision for this building?

According to LoopNet.com, the building and property is up for sale for $1.98 million. The empty building is currently sitting on just over half an acre.

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.

Clinton Baller February 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Too many vacancies; not enough ideas. Birmingham needs a university campus. A branch of one of the state universities would be ideal. The Triangle District would be the best place to cluster the buildings necessary, but if they have to be spread out, this spot, with frontage on Woodward and a back door facing a ravine, would work. The contribution such an institution could make to our community would be huge -- especially if it focused on the arts and other creative endeavors.
Ryan White February 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
A brewery. I'll start on the business plan right now. Contact me @ detroitfur@yahoo.com
ClassAct4 February 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Clinton, great idea! U of M Birmingham? How about Oakland University locating the nursing program here, close proximity to Beaumont . . .
Clinton Baller February 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Barnum School would have been a great part of such a plan, but we sent Beaumont packing and demolished the school. Maybe the park could still provide the fields a college would need.
ClassAct4 February 17, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Barnum Trivia; site cost more than the "Louisiana Purchase", Alaska Territories (oil, Sarah and all!) and a little island known as Manhattan! I remember sending emails at the time requesting the park site be revenue neutral by selling off part of the land, oil well!
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