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Downtown Mobile news and info - March 2016
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Leprechauns, Historic Homes & Egg Hunts

 

We hope you've had enough time to recover from your Mardi Gras revelry because we are officially entering the Spring event season. You'll have all kinds of options to explore music, food, history, and architecture...and that's just in the next two weeks!

Of course, new projects in Downtown Mobile continue to help the business side of the equation keep up with the fun side. See all the details below.

NEW DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES

Eggplant Systems and Design

Dauphin Street continues to attract creative, high tech types with the opening of Eggplant Systems and Design. The software developer is located in the art gallery/co-working space in Gallery 450 at the corner of Dauphin and Hamilton streets. 

 

DEVELOPMENT BUZZ

Staples-Pake Building Sells


The Staples-Pake building at the corner of Royal and St. Michael streets has sold to a New Orleans developer, who is planning a major renovation of the historic landmark. Built in the 1850s, the building has been largely vacant for the past few years. Plans call for a conversion into a mixed use project; a combination of commercial uses on the ground floor and approximately 30 residential units above, helping to meet the growing demand for more apartments in the city center.

500 Block of Dauphin Street Sells


Local investors recently purchased 1.31 acres with approximately 21,000 square feet of buildings in the heart of downtown. The property consists of 500, 508, 510, 518, and 522 Dauphin Street and sold for $1,344,100.00, according to Jay Roberds of NAI Mobile. The purchase included 227 feet of frontage on Dauphin Street, a residence with frontage on St. Francis Street, and a vacant lot on N. Lawrence Street. The investors have not yet publicized their plans for the property.
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SerivsFirst Now Open


ServisFirst Bank has moved into its new Mobile headquarters at the corner of Dauphin and Royal Streets. The full service bank has a beautiful lobby on the ground floor and drive through banking via the new adjacent parking garage.
 

New Hilton Garden Inn Design


A new rendering of the Hilton Garden Inn facing Bienville Square at the corner of Conception and St. Francis streets shows a new design incorporating balconies on rooms facing the Mardi Gras parade route and a brick exterior on the ground floor. The sidewalk dining will add vibrancy to a long-dormant block of downtown and will help energize Bienville Square. Barring any unforeseen delays, the hotel will be open by November.

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Historic Tax Credit Bill Threatened

The future of the Alabama Historic Tax Credit program is in jeopardy after the House Ways and Means Education Committee approved an amendment that threatens to undermine the value of the credits. The program, which has generated almost $400,000,000 in historic rehabilitation projects throughout the state, will expire this year. The current legislation is seeking a seven year extension of the program that is expected to return nearly $4.00 for every $1.00 of state money invested. 

Sponsor of the House bill, Rep. Victor Gaston of Mobile, is seeking support for a vote to remove the amendment when the bill comes up for a vote in the full House, possibly next week. The Tax Credit Program has enabled the renovation of several derelict historic buildings in Mobile, including the Turner Todd Motor Company (left), Marine Street Lofts and the Edwards Brothers Furniture Building. The renewal of the program is key to the continued redevelopment of downtown Mobile. If you'd like to show your support for HB 62, contact information for the Alabama House and Senate can be found at the bottom of the Advance Alabama website.
Green Dress Run Street Closing

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 4:00 PM, the Traffic Safety Unit will be escorting and directing traffic around the O’Daly’s Irish Pub Green Dress 5K Run.
 
The run will start on Dauphin St. at Warren St. and travel west on Dauphin St. to Catherine St.; north on Catherine St., just south of Old Shell Rd., and conduct a u-turn around a traffic cone and reverse the route back to the finish line at Warren St.

 

 

DOWNTOWN DOINGS

Easter in the Squares

Mark your calendar for Downtown Mobile's massive Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Parade on Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. All the fun begins in Bienville Square with paper flower making, balloon art, music and more. The Easter Egg Hunt (for children 8 and younger) will be held shortly after 11:00, then you'll parade down Dauphin Street in your Easter bonnet to Cathedral Square for more fun activities. We'll have prizes for the best decorated stroller or wagon and the best Easter pet!

WABD Radio will be on hand with Disney characters to provide plenty of photo opportunities and even more fun!


Music



Elton John

Lenten Music at Noon

MSO: Saint Patrick's Day Celebration

Soul Kitchen Music Hall

LoDa Live

Events


Cajun Cook-Off

Bragg-Mitchell Spring Tea


Night Market

Mobile Mystery Ghost Tour

Historic Homes Tour

Holiday Events


Exploreum Easter Egg Hunt

Bellingrath Easter Egg Hunt


Mystery of Shamrock Pub

St. Paddy's Day Caroling

Talks and Lectures


Government Street Forums

Spark Talks

The Power of Place: The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS

Exhibits


Da Vinci - Machines and Robots

Tutankhamun

GulfQuest


U.S.S. Alabama Free Admission

Galleries


Cathedral Square Gallery

Gallery 450

Mobile Arts Council

History Refused to Die

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Carol Hunter
Downtown Mobile Alliance
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