Former Bruno's building to be converted into other businesses

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The old Bruno's grocery store on Montclair Road in Birmingham is about to get a makeover.

The Birmingham City Council's Administration Budget and Finance Committee approved a developer's $1 million proposal to go towards renovations.

The building will be converted to climate controlled storage, and three new restaurants will be built in its parking lot. Developers estimate this will bring 100 jobs to the area, and boost sales tax revenue.

Main Street Birmingham and The Shopping Center Group are working together on the project that will cost a total of $3.4 million.

When Bruno's closed, developers said the area lost 130 jobs and about a quarter of a million dollars in sales tax revenue.

Developers said they are excited about this project because it will continue the revitalization effort in that area.

"We've met with neighborhood association, and they are positive about making sure this building doesn't become vacant and blighted," said Hugo Isom at The Shopping Center Group, "And create any more problems for the community."

The Birmingham City Council has to approve the money before any official construction will begin. They will likely vote on it at their Dec. 1 meeting.