Judges Square was recently announced as the new development that will occupy much of the site that was the former home of a popular bar, nightclub and eatery, known — to local baby boomers and the Generation X crowd, at least — as Judge Roy Bean’s.
The eclectic watering hole, popular for its oversized outdoor chess board with giant play set, an extroverted pet goat named Billy and impromptu appearances by singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, provided entertainment that, some 14 years later, has become a local urban legend. Judge’s was situated near the nexus of Scenic Highway 98 and Holy Cross Drive in the old section of Daphne, prior to burning down in 2005.
According to the husband and wife team of Jason and Ameri’ca Tickle, co-owners of Tickle Creative, the new mixed-use site will offer shops, restaurants and village green outdoor spaces, as well as residential space labeled The Flats of Judges Square.
Retail space will be set aside and identified as The Shops at Judges Square. Jeremy Milling with Milling Commercial Realty will handle commercial lease and/or purchase inquiries.
Located at 508 Main St. in Daphne, the site will encompass some three linear city blocks of space and sit on roughly 1.7 acres. According to site plans, three 4-story buildings will sit on the site. The bottom floor of each space will be dedicated for retail use, encompassing a total collective footprint of 9,000 square feet, subdivided into sections as small as 750 square feet, except for space set aside for a new restaurant already committed to move into the development.
The second, third and fourth floors of each building will offer dedicated living space. Each building will offer two 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1,500-square-foot flats on the second floor; two 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 1,750-square-foot flats on the third floor and one 2,250-square-foot penthouse on the fourth floor, with 1,000-square-foot outdoor terrace spaces attached.
The lower-level flats will also provide east- and west-facing outside balconies. Two-car dedicated covered parking for each tenant will also be part of the condominium offering.
According to Ameri’ca Tinkle, cost of the residences will be in line, on a per-square-foot basis, with the going market rate for comparable condominiums in the area, starting at $365,000. Estimated completion timelines on the development, per Jason Tinkle, is expected in the summer of 2020.
More information, renderings and purchase information can be found at judgessquare.com
Business moves, transactions
• According to Courtney Rouse-Heinz, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, over the past decade the local nonprofit has contributed significantly to the redevelopment of residential properties in the Hillsdale subdivision for approximately 200 qualifying families.
Forty-five properties were built over the last 10 years with a total capital investment of $3.6 million: $1.1 million was paid to local subcontractors for renovation work; $2 million was paid to vendors for materials and soft costs; and roughly $27,000 in city tax revenue has been generated annually from property taxes. More information about the nonprofit can be found on its website.
• Cannabama, located at 558 St. Francis St., and claiming to be the area’s first cannabidiol (CBD) store, has opened inside the Temple Lodge property in downtown Mobile’s Central Business District. The retailer offers a variety of hemp-based products, from CBD-infused coffee and tea to CBD oils and creams. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Educational classes will be offered for patrons to become more informed about the product offerings, according to a news release.
• See-Wee-Roll, a high-end Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi, is leasing the 4,847-square-foot former Applebee’s location at 4721 Airport Blvd. in Mobile, with plans to open in late summer. Angie McArthur, broker associate with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
• In an update, Lafayette Land Co. was approved by the Mobile City Council last week to purchase the historic 1930s-era Ashland Fire Station No. 12 for $368,850. It was the highest bidder on an RFP issued by the city of Mobile.
“We are seeking a user that will be compatible with the neighborhood atmosphere, cater to the neighbors and residents of midtown and in keeping with the property’s architectural design,” Lafayette Land CEO Bob Isakson Sr., said.
USA Health University Hospital moves up in quality report
USA Health University Hospital, formerly USA Medical Center, recently moved up from two to three stars in an overall quality report issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The overall hospital rating ranges from one to five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on a set of quality measures. The most common overall hospital rating is three stars, according to Hospital Compare.
The ratings measured more than 50 categories across seven aspects in quality of care, including safety of care, readmission, patient experience, mortality, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.
The overall hospital rating shows how well each performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S., according to Medicare.gov, the program’s official website.
Hospital Compare displays an overall hospital rating for about 80 percent of hospitals on its website. In order for Hospital Compare to display a hospital’s overall rating, it must have enough data on individual quality measures.
USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital did not receive a star rating because it is categorized as a specialty hospital.
USA Health University Hospital, USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital — one of only five freestanding hospitals in the country focused on children and women’s health care — and USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute are part of the upper Gulf Coast health system, which employs 3,900 people locally.
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