The 50,000-square-foot, four-story, historic Seamen’s Club building, also known as City Hall North, located at 50 St. Joseph Street at the edge of the De Tonti Square Historic District, has officially been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Stephen McNair of McNair Historic Preservation, who was heavily involved in the site’s registry.
The Seamen’s Club building was designed by well-known Mobile architect John Platt Roberts, founder of Platt Roberts & Company, and was built by J.P. Ewin Inc. Construction began in 1948 and was completed in 1949.
“The ground floor of the building was originally used as office spaces, lounge areas and a chapel. The three upper floors were for short-term residential use by those in the maritime industry,” McNair said.
The site was renamed City Hall North after acquisition by the city of Mobile in 1982. By the turn of the millennium, however, a multitude of issues had arisen on the site, such as mold infestation and asbestos contamination.
In 2003, city employees decamped and the space was again put on the market for nearly $1 million, where it promptly twisted in the wind for over a decade.
In 2017, it was reported general contractor Michael Coumanis with Coumanis Allen LLC had drawn up plans to develop a 70-unit apartment complex consisting mainly of one-bedroom units. At the time, Seamen’s Hall LLC was in talks to acquire the long-blighted site for its appraised value of $548,000.
Currently, it is unknown if the proposed residential complex is still in the works at the site — it may be delayed due to COVID-19 — but the historic tax credits will be part of the project’s package of incentives whenever development plans move forward again.
“Anytime you can place a property on the National Register of Historic Places, you are sending a message that historic preservation matters, and that preservation and economic development can work together,” McNair said.
Prattville-headquartered River Bank & Trust’s Coastal Region president, Doug Thomas, recently announced ground has been broken for its 1.4-acre permanent office to be developed inside a new strip mall located at 1301 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Daphne.
The new, 6,919-square-foot footprint will serve as a replacement for the bank’s 1,795-square-foot temporary site found at 27900 North Main Street in Daphne. Construction is expected to wrap up within the next 12 to 18 months.
Montgomery-based Marshall Design-Build is the general contractor on the project, but the majority of subcontractors hired for the buildout will reportedly be local.
Additionally, Thomas announced River Bank & Trust’s first full-service banking office in Mobile, located at 4630 Bit and Spur Road, held a grand-opening ceremony in October.
Expectations are to hire six employees to fully staff the upgraded Daphne space, but the bank is also looking to hire mortgage originators, personal bankers and commercial lenders for both new offices this year.
“Since River Bank & Trust arrived in Daphne in 2017, we’ve enjoyed tremendous success from very modest beginnings — a reminder that banking is still a relationship business,” Thomas said.
Stirling Properties recently announced the arrival of new tenants at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
New first floor retail tenants, all slated to open before January, include HUK, an outdoor apparel brand, to be located in Suite L102; Poppy’s Boutique, to be located in Suite K4; and Maho Bay Company, to open in Suite F119.
New second-floor office tenants include Thompson Engineering, located in Suite F212, and The Coastal Leaders Property Group, a new real estate company to be located in Suite G208.
Other new Wharf tenants include Local Life OBA, offering casual waterfront dining and on-site printing services to be located in Suite D132, and Coastal Athletics, offering youth sports training from their new facility located in Suite N121.
Jeff Barnes and Steadman Bethea with Stirling Properties handled the transactions on behalf of the landlord.
P.S. Taco Co. recently announced expanding into West Mobile with its third location. The Foley-founded, fast-casual taco eatery franchise is leasing a 2,812-square-foot food space in the former Loda Bier Garten location at 7899 Cottage Hill Road, with plans to open in Spring 2021.
Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties represented the tenant in the transaction. Angie McArthur, also with Stirling Properties, worked for the landlord.
Safe Haven Church Ministries is leasing around 3,200 square feet of worship community space located at 100 South Florida Street, Suite C, in Midtown Mobile. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.
SuppLife Vitamins and Nutrition is leasing some 1,200 square feet of retail space in Schillinger Place Shopping Center located at 2502 South Schillinger Road in West Mobile and plans to open in early 2021. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties managed the deal.
In an update, Pascagoula, Miss.-headquartered Merchants & Marine Bank announced this week the bank has completed the purchase of the West Mobile branch from Arkansas-based Bank OZK.
The acquisition, which was announced in July, marks M&M Bank’s first foray into Mobile and is located at 6161 Airport Boulevard. Expectations are to hire four more bankers to fully staff the new office by the end of the year.
Also, as previously reported, renovations are currently underway in the downtown Central Business District at 3-5 North Royal Street, where the historic Royal Street Barbershop will also remain open for business. M&M Banks’s second full-service Mobile site slated to open early next year.
Premium Automotive has leased some 3,750 square feet of office and warehouse space located at 26450 Pollard Road in Daphne. The company is a vehicle financing firm, locally owned and operated by Ryan and Schuyler Pickett. Premium Automotive is moving from 25759 Friendship Road in Daphne.
The tenant was represented by Sellers Payne with Southeast Commercial Real Estate. Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty worked for the landlord.
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