Colliers International | Alabama and Arlington Properties have teamed up to give new life to Brookwood Village mall in Homewood.
Colliers, a real estate and investment management company, and Arlington, a multifamily development, property manager and construction firm, plan to develop the mall between Macy’s and the former home of Belk into a mixed-use property, with locally owned retailers, restaurants, office buildings, hotels and housing. The walkable, lifestyle district’s anchor will be an active public green space.
Mark Stuermann, executive vice president of development at Arlington Properties, and Joe Sandner IV, president and COO of Colliers International, are working with Louis Nequette, of Nequette Architecture & Design, and Everett Hatcher, of CMH Architects, to begin to understand the physical constraints of the current structure, which will dictate what can be built on the site.
The team also wants input from Homewood residents and is hosting four forums to get feedback on the project, with the first forum held this Thursday, October 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Homewood City Hall.
“Growing up in Birmingham, I’ve seen the community and its cities evolve over time, leaving the need for an inward-facing shopping mall like the one at Brookwood Village almost nonexistent,” said Sandner. “We want to generate opportunities for local business owners, provide attractions for out-of-town visitors and develop a gathering place for the people who live here. With the help of the community, we want to create a regional destination that is as beloved as Brookwood Village was in its prime by developing an energetic district designed to be a legacy for generations to come.”
Once underway, the construction process is slated to take between 18 months and two years.
“We’re hoping to provide a solution for redeeming and reclaiming the dead space of Brookwood Village to create a buzzing lifestyle district in Homewood,” said Stuermann. “We value the community’s input and look forward to hearing thoughts, ideas and reactions while we are in these initial stages.”