According to, historic Azalea Court Apartments, consisting of 23 multi-family units and St. Charles Apartments with 35 multi-family units in Mobile, totaling 58,000-square-feet, are both up for sale for $3 million. A source close to the deal recently disclosed that a private local investor is considering the purchase of Azalea Court, with a ballpark offer of $1.2 million.

Located at 1820 Airport Blvd., Azalea Court is a historic three-story loop area apartment complex built in 1928. It was designed by architect J. Platt Roberts in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. St. Charles Apartments are located at 963 Government St.

Rock-N-Roll Sushi Bar recently leased a new 3,200-square-foot space in The Gateway Shopping Centre in Saraland, according to Amber Dedeaux of Vallas Realty, who coordinated the transaction. According to Dedeaux, this was the last vacancy in the Gateway Centre, which is anchored by Tractor Supply and Dollar Tree, and also includes smaller retailers such as Chill, Rue 21, Rotolo’s Pizzeria and Mama Goldberg’s.

The property still has an out parcel available fronting Industrial Parkway (Highway 158). The new restaurant is expected to open sometime in the spring of 2015. This will be the fourth location opening locally for the popular eatery with other spots at Bel Air Mall, West Mobile at 6345 Airport Blvd. and 10 N. Section St. in Fairhope.

Popular downtown weekend brunch spot Café 615 was recently put up for sale for $249,500 according to Harry Johnson, owner of Baldwin Rental Properties. The property on 615 Dauphin St. is 7,000-square-feet and includes two courtyards. All furniture and fixtures will be included in the sale. With space to seat up to 250 patrons, banquet rooms and on-site parking, the venue currently averages 75 booked parties per year, according to Johnson.

The Courtyard @ 311, housed appropriately at 311 Fairhope Ave., recently sold for $149,000. The restaurant is 3,500-square-feet, seats up to 175 patrons and was recently remodeled in 2012 with new ADA restrooms, upstairs dining and upgraded heating and air conditioning. The 75 year-old property also includes a New Orleans style balcony. Harry Johnson with Baldwin Rental Properties managed the transaction.

McGill-Toolen High School recently paid $315,000 for two lots, one located on Springhill Avenue and the other on Kilmarnock Street for parking lot expansion according to Merrill Thomas. The Mitchell Company represented McGill-Toolen and Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. represented the seller, DeJ Investments.

Two gas stations, one located at 225 Schillinger Road and another at 3351 Springhill Ave. were acquired by a local speculator for $825,000. The properties were previously owned by a local bank in the area. Plans are for the businesses to open again in the same capacity sometime in 2015.

Construction on a new Zaxby’s eatery, fronting the Wal-Mart located at 21141 State Highway 59 in Robertsdale, will start first quarter of this year. The property was purchased for $385,000 by a current franchise owner. Jay O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates represented Wal-Mart. Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty worked for Zaxby’s. Closing on the transaction was handled by Charlie Gray of Surety Land Title Inc.

SARPC’s 2015 annual meeting

The 2015 South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s (SARPC) annual meeting is slated for Jan. 15-16 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The annual meeting provides representatives of SARPC’s 32 member governments as well as other interested citizens an opportunity to participate in a day and a half conference that features informative presentations and exchanges on a variety of public policy issues relevant to the South Alabama region.

Key speakers include: Dr. Ted Mashburn, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Mobile; Laura Barber, director of hunger initiatives, National Council on Aging; Vince Calametti, division engineer, ALDOT; Sydney Raine, Mobile Works; Laura Chandler, Southwest Alabama Workforce Development (SAWDC) and Herb Malone, CEO, Gulf Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Hassell among 40 under 40

Hand Arendall LLC recently announced that member Katie Hammett Hassell has been honored as one of Mobile Bay Magazine’s 40 Under Forty. The award recognizes business executives under the age of 40 who have shown leadership, professional excellence and a commitment to the Mobile Bay area.

“We are proud to have Katie as a member in our in our firm. Her dedication to both her clients and the community is a great example to all of us, and this award is recognition of her hard work,” Preston Bolt, managing attorney for Hand Arendall’s Mobile office said.

Hassell’s practice includes toxic tort litigation; transportation and trucking litigation; medical malpractice; premises liability; banking practices and conduct litigation; commercial litigation and OSHA disputes. She has successfully tried several jury and non-jury cases and obtained a number of dismissals for clients. Hassell is admitted to the Alabama and Mississippi state bars.

Hassell received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Alabama. She received her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University Of Alabama School Of Law.

In the community, Hassell serves as secretary and a member of the board of directors for the Mobile Museum of Art. She also is an active member of the Junior League of Mobile (JLM), through which she has previously served as chair of the Goodwill Easter Seals adult literacy program and the St. Mary’s Home transitional living program.

She also serves as a big sister in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. Hassell participates in Mobile’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, in which she routinely takes pro bono cases.

Hand Arendall is a full-service law firm, providing its clients with legal services in all areas of traditional civil practice. The firm was organized in 1941, has more than 70 lawyers making it one of the largest law firms in Alabama and has offices in Athens, Birmingham as well as Mobile and Baldwin counties. The firm provides legal services to clients throughout Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.