Four local hotels, three in Baldwin County and one in Mobile County, acquired in 2017 by Miami-based boutique investment firm Sefira Capital LLC., will collectively see upwards of $11 million in upgrades as new additions to their multimillion-dollar mixed-use regional real estate portfolio.
In Mobile, plans are in place for the Hampton Inn Mobile, located at 5478 Inn Road, near the Tillman’s Corner exit in west Mobile, to undergo an estimated $2 million in interior and exterior renovations, effective Fall 2019 and to be completed by early 2020. Renovations will include new lighting fixtures (LED), new carpet, paint and expansion of its fitness center, among other work.
“This hotel is excellent for corporate travelers doing business in downtown Mobile or the Brookley Aeroplex, as well as leisure traveler looking to explore Bellingrath Gardens,” Javier Callejas, senior commercial asset manager for site owner, Miami-based Sefira Capital LLC said.
In Daphne, some $7 million in similar upgrades were recently completed for both The Homewood Suites by Hilton Mobile East Bay and The Hilton Garden Inn Mobile East Bay, located at 29546 N. Main Street. Plans are also in place to start $2 million in renovations for The Hampton Inn Mobile East Bay, located at 29541 US-98 in Daphne, by June 2019 to be completed by the fall.
GMC acquires HMR
Montgomery-headquartered engineering and architecture firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC) recently announced it has acquired lower Alabama based firm Hutchinson, Moore Rauch (HMR) with offices in both Mobile and Daphne. Employing around 25 workers, HMR’s Daphne office, located at 2039 Main St,. will remain open. Staff from the Mobile office, located at One St. Louis Center will, move to GMC’s office suite situated on the 15th floor of the RSA Tower.
“GMC and HMR have collaborated on several projects over the years, and we are excited about our partnership moving forward,” GMC Regional Vice President Lee Walters said. “We believe the combined expertise and range of work of our two firms will fortify and expand our depth of resources.”
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em
Founder and owner Antonio Notarangelo recently announced the opening of Downtown Cigars LLC. located at 1714 Main St. in Daphne. The 1,700-square-foot building has an interior shop covering 950 square feet, a 200-square-foot humidor and a back patio covering some 550 square feet. Initial capital investment to launch was $100,000. The store currently has five employees, including two tobacconists with extensive knowledge of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic-based cigars.
Tentative plans are in place for the franchise to open a new location in west Mobile later this year and another in Florida late in 2020.
“We wanted to open it up with a full bar, where we provide not only premium cigars but also liquor, wines, beers, Italian coffee and appetizers. People can come in and get away from the day-to-day life about an hour at a time,” Notarangelo said.
Narrow Road Counseling and Arise Counseling Services, a family counseling center, has leased 1,200 square feet of office space at 3168 Midtown Park Dr S. in Mobile. The business will open at the new location in June. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties represented the tenant. Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Co., Inc. worked for the landlord.
Your CBD Store of West Mobile recently leased 1,200 square feet of retail space located at 1218 Hillcrest Road, located at the corner of Hillcrest Road and Hillcrest Park Court, due north of Grelot Road in Mobile. Joe Gerard with Roberts Brothers represented the landlord. David Dexter of NAI Mobile worked for the tenant. The retailer is locally owned by Joe Brown and hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mobile International Festival recently held a grand opening during May’s LoDa Artwalk event, showing off their new 1,500-square-foot space located at 713 Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile. The 36-year-old local nonprofit recently moved from their former office in midtown Mobile.
Pierce selected for ASCO Leadership Development Program
Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce, professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology and leader of Cancer Control and Prevention at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI), is one of 16 oncologists to be chosen for a leadership development program by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), one of the world’s leading professional organizations for physicians and oncology professionals for cancer patients.
Created in 2009, the ASCO Leadership Development Program is a yearlong initiative designed to train future leaders in medicine. Selection is based upon leadership experience and a significant commitment to the oncology community.
“We are proud of Dr. Pierce’s accomplishments both as a physician and a leader in cancer control and prevention,” Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi, interim director of MCI said. “She has helped to lead the charge at the state level for cervical cancer prevention and HPV vaccination.”
Pierce joined MCI in 2017 from Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she earned her medical degree. She served there as an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology and reportedly was the first female gynecologic oncologist in South Carolina in 2009.
ArcelorMittal USA Foundation announces cohort funding
ArcelorMittal announced in a news release its latest cohort of 14 nonprofit partners to receive funding from the company’s special community investment program, “Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability.”
The program invests in areas that are traditionally underfunded by foundations and corporations that could facilitate the long-term sustainability of local nonprofit organizations. These categories include strategic planning; professional development; sustainability planning; diversity and inclusion training; technology implementation and data management; and fundraising enhancement or expansion.
Mobile Baykeeper — a Mobile-based nonprofit — was among the 14 recipients of grants totaling $325,000 through its partnership with AM/NS Calvert, located in Calvert.
Established in 1998, Mobile Baykeeper focuses on clean water, clean air and healthy communities for coastal Alabama. With the grant from ArcelorMittal, the organization will develop a strategic plan focused on sustainable growth, create a comprehensive development plan, define a succession plan and provide their board with leadership training.
More information about ArcelorMittal’s Building Resilience program, the 2018 cohort, or the 2017 pilot program can be found on the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation website.
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