Local investors recently purchased 1.31 acres of property with approximately 21,000 square feet of buildings in downtown Mobile. The site consists of 500, 508, 510, 518 and 522 Dauphin Street and sold for $1,344,100, according to Jay Roberds of NAI Mobile. The purchase includes 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 disclosed development plans for the area.

The recognizable 12,641-square-foot Blue Bird Hardware building, located at 2724 Old Shell Road in Midtown, was recently bought by local speculators. Jay O’Brien of J.L. O’Brien & Associates represented both buyer and seller. The investors plan to repurpose the property into a multi-tenant building. A coffee shop is planned to anchor the development. Interested prospects can contact O’Brien for future space.

Cowgirls Inc. restaurant and nightclub will occupy a 16,000-square-foot space at The Wharf, located at 23101 Canal Road in Orange Beach. It is expected to open on March 1. Stirling Properties broker Jeff Barnes handled the transaction. 

Rio Mexican Restaurant will occupy a 2,987-square-foot location at Aircrest Plaza, located at 6401 Airport Blvd. in Mobile, with an anticipated opening set for this spring. Stirling Properties broker associate Angela McArthur represented the tenant. Colby Herrington with Herrington Realty Inc. worked for the property owner.

Tetra Tech engineering firm has renewed its lease for a 1,675-square-foot office space at the Wells Fargo Building located at 61 St. Joseph St. in Mobile. Stirling Properties leasing executive Jill Meeks handled the transaction.

BCAR hosts 2016 tourism luncheon
The Baldwin County Association of Realtors recently held their first membership luncheon of the year, hosting around 50 members for a meeting to discuss tourism is Baldwin County. The Women’s Council of Realtors made a donation to Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast at the meeting.

Herb Malone, president and CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, was guest speaker at the meeting and discussed opportunities for growth in tourism in Baldwin County. Malone said lodging revenues were up 13.3 percent and retail sales were up 8.8 percent in 2015. He also said projections for 2016 were favorable, with several sport and food conferences and events coming to the area.

Kristy Bushaw, president of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and secretary Karen Llewellyn presented Mary’s Shelter a donation of $500, raised during WCR’s annual Christmas Jubilee. Mary’s Shelter is the only local shelter for homeless pregnant women in the area.

Located in Robertsdale, BCAR provides membership benefits that include support from the board staff, education opportunities, MLS services and advocacy to protect and promote private property rights.

Providence recognized in surgery practices
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has selected Providence Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement as well as spine surgery. Providence Hospital is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.

Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for knee and hip replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers are, on average, 20 percent more cost-efficient compared to other hospitals.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama also named Providence Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery. Spinal surgeries are considered among the most common and expensive elective surgeries for patients. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures.

Only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures are considered for designation as Blue Distinction Centers.

“We are proud to achieve this recognition because it reflects the commitment of our staff and physicians to providing our patients with excellent outcomes in joint replacement surgery and spine surgery,” Shannon Scaturro, vice president of surgical services at Providence Hospital, said. “Consumers and insurers also benefit because we are able to combine high quality with efficiency that helps to control the overall cost of surgery.”

Providence Hospital is a 349-bed facility that provides care for more than 15,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients each year. Specialized services include cancer care, heart surgery, obstetrics, eye surgery, orthopedics, neurosciences and a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center. 

Kintz named to advisory committee
Wilkins Miller LLC, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in Mobile and Fairhope, recently announced Michael Kintz, CPA, a partner with the firm, has been appointed to the city of Mobile Citizens’ Budget and Finance Advisory Committee. 

The committee is tasked with providing a public forum to review and analyze existing city financial management and reporting, finance policies, procedures and strategies that could be implemented to improve the city’s financial management and reporting.

Kintz graduated from Spring Hill College with a bachelor’s in business administration, with a concentration in accounting. He joined the firm in 1989. Kintz’s industry experience includes governmental organizations, nonprofits, employee benefit plans and reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). He is a member of the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center and Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center.