Over $1 million in renovations is being invested to modernize the exterior of Dauphin Square Shopping Center at 3170 Dauphin St. in Mobile, reports Marl Cummings of real estate firm Cummings & Associates. The building facade, parking lot spaces, parking lot lighting, landscaping and irrigation will be upgraded. Local contractor Witherington Construction was selected for the project, which is estimated to be completed by February 2016.

Current tenants at Dauphin Square include Yak the Kathmandu Kitchen, Roly Poly, Dollar General and Greer’s. Three 1,000-square-foot spots and the 10,000-square-foot former Anna’s Linens retail space are now available for lease.    

CentraLite recently announced plans to open new offices within the 10,000-square-foot Exchange 202 coworking space, appropriately located at 202 Government St. in downtown Mobile. CentraLite joins as a core member of the facility, bringing a well-known local high-tech presence to the downtown business community.

“The flexibility and collaborative spaces at the Exchange allow us to bring various teams from our West Mobile campus into a vibrant space. We envision this space as an accelerant for us as we work to enhance our emerging product ecosystem and aid in our continued positioning as a global leader in the ‘Internet of Things,’” said John Calagaz, chief technology officer.

CentraLite plans to relocate current employees from its West Mobile headquarters as well as possibly hire additional IT, hardware and software sales staff for the new downtown locale.  

Vinyl Couture & Simply Southern Boutique has leased 1,600 square feet of retail space at the Tillman’s Square Shopping Center, located at 5441 Highway 90 West in Tillman’s Corner. The boutique, which caters to female shoppers, features clothing, jewelry, embroidery and vinyl. David Dexter with NAI Mobile handled the transaction.

Harlow Salon at 1102 Dauphin St. in Mobile, adjacent to Red or White Wine & Gourmet Center, is hosting a grand opening Nov. 21. The shop provides cuts, shampoos and scalp massages for customers as well as offering high-end hair care products for purchase.

The 10,000-square-foot American Autism & Rehabilitation Center, located at 8909 Rand Ave. in Daphne, is hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 22, according to Vice President and Director of Marketing Kevin Mohler. The facility treats a variety of special needs including autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and other neurological and physical impairments.

Gulf City Body & Trailer spent $625,000 to acquire a 30,000-square-foot industrial property at 111 Short Texas St. in downtown Mobile. Joe Steen Real Estate & Development represented the buyer; Adam Metcalf of Metcalf & Company worked for the seller.   

Half Shell Oyster House, with locations in Mobile, Mississippi and Florida, will open its newest eatery at 30500 State Highway 181, at the former Wintzell’s Oyster House site in the Eastern Shore Centre, according to a news release. The restaurant is roughly 6,000 square feet and currently under renovation, with opening targeted for January 2016. The business is principally owned by Gulf Coast Restaurant Group of Gulfport, Mississippi. Jonathan Neely, the new location’s general manager, said about 100 employees will be hired for the new operation.
According to Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Co., a local investor spent $160,000 to purchase a five-unit apartment complex at 110 S. Broad St. in Mobile. Thomas worked for the seller and Rameh Khazen of Bellator Real Estate & Development represented the buyer.

Providence Hospital earns high safety marks    
Recent data released nationally by the independent hospital ratings organization Leapfrog Group indicate Providence Hospital is one of only seven hospitals in the state of Alabama to receive an “A” rating for safety, by reducing errors, injuries, accidents and infections affecting patients.

No other hospital in Mobile received an “A” grade from the ratings group. The latest award is the fifth consecutive accolade for Providence. Every six months, The Leapfrog Group gives hospitals a grade of A, B, C, D or F.

The company’s Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Weavil earns CCIM designation
Cameron Weavil, CCIM, vice-president of The Weavil Company, recently was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute. Weavil received the award during the Institute’s Annual Governance meeting in Austin, Texas.

Weavil was among 244 commercial real estate professionals who earned the credential by passing the CCIM Institute’s Comprehensive Examination, the final element in the designation process. Out of approximately 150,000 Commercial Real Estate professionals nationwide, only 6 percent hold the CCIM designation, which is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon successful completion of an advanced analytical curriculum and presentation of a portfolio of qualifying industry experience. CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation and investment analysis.

Phelps Dunbar named a 2016 “Best Law Firm”
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-reviewed publication of the legal profession, recently included Phelps Dunbar in its 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Phelps Dunbar was rated on the national level as well as locally. Eight of the firm’s Gulf Coast offices received accolades, with six practice areas ranking nationally and 88 receiving regional recognition.

Firms listed as “Best Law Firms” are categorized by practice areas nationally and in 170 metro areas. To be ranked, a firm must have at least one attorney ranked by bestlawyers.com, received strong feedback from clients and received outstanding peer reviews from attorneys at other law firms. Phelps had 87 lawyers from eight offices included in the 2016 Best Lawyers listing.