The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District and The Benoit Group, a member of developer Southside Development Co., have closed on Edgehill at Southtown.
The $39 million housing development will consist of 143 new one-bedroom apartment homes for Birmingham seniors aged 62 and older. The development will also have onsite storage, a business center and community lounge, an exercise room, off-street parking and wi-fi.
“The former 22-acre public housing community, Southtown Court, served generations of families since its construction in 1941,” said Dontrelle Young Foster, HABD president and CEO. “This effort — along with others in HABD’s portfolio like the $50 million redevelopment of Smithfield Court — will help transform Birmingham’s public housing landscape to better serve future generations, and we’re proud to be leading the charge for creating more affordable housing opportunities in Birmingham.”
Edgehill at Southtown will be a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood with residential, green and office space along with walkable retail and other amenities. Capstone Building Corp. will build the 143 apartment units for seniors in one- and two-bedroom floorplans. The development will also include a fitness center, community room and business center for the tenants.
Other uses in future phases will include a focus on complementing and expanding the city’s health care and biotech sectors given the site’s proximity to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ascension St. Vincent’s, Southern Research and the VA.
A real estate development and advisory company, The Benoit Group has locations in Birmingham, Atlanta, Chicago and Miami. Its core business focuses on developing affordable mixed-income housing, workforce housing, independent senior living, higher education student lodging and mixed-use development.