BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - An abandoned Birmingham Hospital could soon become a new mixed use development.
After a public hearing Tuesday, the Birmingham City council voted to re-zone the old Carraway Medical Center campus, which was the last step needed for developer Corporate Reality to buy it from the Lovelady Center.
“Our team has worked with city officials for more than 4 years to move this project forward and redevelop this property in a way that is good for the surrounding neighborhoods and good for Birmingham overall,” says Becky Carpenter. She is a Development Project Manager with Corporate Reality.
The eerie shell of what was once a renowned hospital sits at the corner of 17th Avenue North and 25th Street North, nestled between neighborhoods and only a few blocks from Top Golf. Cars speed by on Carraway Boulevard, but the campus is a graffiti covered ghost town.
It wasn’t that long ago that the hospital was a leader in medical care. The facility added the first level 1 trauma center in Birmingham in the 1980s, ran a very successful Lifesaver helicopter program and was on the cutting edge of medical advancements, adding a hyperbaric oxygen therapy department, a sleep center, and wound care center.
All of that abruptly ended in 2008 because of bankruptcy and the hospital has been abandoned ever since.
But all that could change with the Northside Park Project. Corporate Realty, along with partners, has a plan to turn the site into a bustling development with retail, restaurants, residential areas, and entertainment space including a hotel.
“Carraway was an important part of the north Birmingham neighborhoods and we look forward to helping make sure it is brought back to live and will be something we can all be proud of again,” says Carpenter. We appreciate the leadership of the mayor and city council and we appreciate the people of the community who have worked with us for many many months to get us to this point."
Corporate Realty plans to close on the property by the end of the year.
You can check out some recent pictures from the abandoned property in the slideshow below: