Mobile’s heralded Innovation PortAL entrepreneurial hub has finally received approval to break ground on its headquarters at 358 St. Louis St., in the downtown Central Business District, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.
Innovation PortAL’s hub will reportedly serve as a regional innovation and entrepreneurial epicenter for high-growth startups and university and industry partners. The project is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.
It is also a program of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The site’s footprint roughly encompasses some 16,000 square feet currently available for lease. Jay D. Roberds and Niki Coker with NAI Mobile will handle leasing for the site.
Innovation PortAL serves an area encompassing Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Washington and Mobile counties.
More information about Innovation PortAL can be found on its website as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Leasing inquiries may be directed to NAI Mobile.
Business moves, transactions
• Stirling Properties commercial real estate company was awarded the management contract for Schillinger Place shopping center at 2502 S. Schillinger Road, Mobile.
Schillinger Place is a roughly 69,000-square-foot neighborhood retail center located at the southwest corner of Schillinger and Cottage Hill roads in West Mobile. Currently it is 70 percent leased with tenants including soon-to-open Club 4 Fitness, Pizza Hut, Mediterranean Sandwich Co., Port City MMA, New China One, Mediacom, Down South Native, Zeal Boutique, Vape-It, West Mobile Liquors, Brian Casey State Farm and Nail Express.
Planned landlord updates to the shopping center include a renovated exterior façade, upgraded lighting and parking lot sealing and striping. The former Winn-Dixie space is being subdivided into two retail areas: Club 4 Fitness will occupy 30,000 square feet and plans to open in the spring; the remaining 22,181-square-foot area is available for lease.
Angie McArthur, broker associate with the local Stirling Properties office, is leasing agent.
• The Performance Lab, a baseball, softball, gym, sports training and coaching facility, has leased some 29,750 square feet of warehouse space next door to Get Air Trampoline Park at 842 Schillinger Road in Mobile.
The Performance Lab is owned and operated by a local investment group currently making improvements and modifications to the property. A grand opening is planned for the weekend of March 15-17.
The transaction was handled by Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty.
• Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI) recently announced the sale of Bay Point Shopping Center for $2.65 million, according to Joseph W. McKibben, regional manager of the firm’s Mobile office. Bay Point is a 19,954-square-foot retail property located at 27000 N. Main St. in Daphne. Andrew Chason, first vice president of investments locally, brokered the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company. Constructed in 2005 on 1.5 acres, the unanchored strip center is fully leased.
• The Chinaberry Project at 3703 Old Shell Road in Mobile is moving forward, per Steve Stone, principal with dakinstreet architects. The building encompasses some 2,516 square feet, including an existing 1869 historic home, as well as new additions incorporated into the design. When completed, the development will be leased to retail, office or restaurant tenants. Burton Property Group owns the project. Stone is handling concept and design work.
• According to Richard E. Mencke with Houston-headquartered Situs Realty Group, roughly nine acres of new retail space is move-in ready in phase two of the Saraland Crossings Shopping Center. Tenants will include a Zaxby’s and a 50,000-square-foot medical structure. Current tenants include a Publix Super Market (anchor), Jersey Mike’s, Great Clips and Beaute Nail Spa.
• Donuts Licious will be moving into Unit G of the University Square Shopping Center, across from the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center at 5821 Old Shell Road, Mobile. The business will occupy 1,200 square feet and plans to open in May. Amanda Goldman, leasing executive with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
Sirote & Permutt, P.C., adds Christie
Birmingham-based Sirote & Permutt, P.C., recently added J.S. “Chris” Christie to its Birmingham office, per a news release, where he joins the firm’s litigation practice group.
Christie earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a master’s in public policy from Duke University, as well as a law degree. Prior to entering law, Christie was a Peace Corps volunteer for two years, teaching at the University of Yaoundé School of Law in Cameroon, Africa.
He has been a trial attorney in Alabama for more than 30 years, primarily representing employee benefit plans and health care providers.
In 2017, Christie was included in Thomson Reuters’ annual rating service, “Super Lawyers Top 50 Attorneys” for Alabama. From 2005 to 2019, he has been listed among “The Best Lawyers in America” annual online publication for multiple practice areas.
“Chris is one of only a handful of attorneys in the entire country to win against the Department of Justice in a civil health care fraud trial — and he has done so twice. We are pleased to have Chris’s experience with ERISA litigation and health care fraud and abuse litigation,” Todd Carlisle, president of Sirote, said.
Sirote & Permutt, P.C., was established in 1946 and has six offices in Alabama and Florida, including one in Mobile.
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