Mobile Streets Alive is Alabama’s first “Open Streets” project. Open streets events bring together families and neighbors to mingle, recreate, and shop in their communities in a safe, car-free environment. 

The inaugural Mobile Streets Alive event will take place Sunday, Nov. 2 from 2-5 p.m., during which Dauphin and Conti streets will be closed to vehicle traffic between Dearborn and Joachim streets.

According to a Facebook page, open streets projects temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. The goals of the events are to connect people to their communities and serve as catalysts for infrastructure changes accommodating all forms of transportation.

With more than 70 documented initiatives in North America, open streets are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic and public health goals.

Festivities planned for the event include: a Lt. Tommy Menton Memorial Mile loop that participants may bike, walk, run or skate, with donations going toward a bronze memorial to Lt. Menton and the MPD Mounted Unit; street basketball; bike safety training for children; rock climbing wall; fitness boot camp; yoga and hip hop demonstrations and classes; live music and food trucks.

Mobile Streets Alive is an initiative of One Mobile in partnership with the Downtown Mobile Alliance (DMA), Delta Bike Project, Alabama Coastal Foundation and Team Share the Road.

Commercial Real Estate Moves

Leslie’s Pool Supplies has leased a 2,858-square-foot retail space at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 64 in Daphne. Plans are to build a new retail building for Leslie’s and cotenant Chicken Salad Chick on the section of land in front of Staples retail center by spring 2015. David Dexter with NAI Mobile represented the landlord and Elizabeth Morrison of HesCo Realty worked for the pool retailer.

John Delchamps, associate broker with Merrill P. Company Inc. leased 1,040-square-feet of office space located at 333 S. Greeno Road in Fairhope to Wave Medical Equipment. It is a five-year lease and Spence Monroe with Ashurst Niemeyer represented the tenant.

Mobile Infirmary Diagnostic Medical Clinic is expected to wrap up construction by May of 2015 on a 32,400-square-foot property located near the corner of Airport Boulevard and Hillcrest Road in Hillcrest Plaza. The transaction was handled by Cummings & Associates.

Roughly five acres of waterfront property located on Dog River near the Alba Fishing and Hunting Club and owned by McGill-Toolen CHS is reputed to have recently sold at auction in the neighborhood of $260,000. The auction was handled by Albert Burney Inc. and closing was handled by Guarantee Title.

Plaza De Malaga was recently acquired for $1.3 million by a local investor. The 25,000-square-foot commercial retail office space is located at 6157 Airport Blvd. in west Mobile. Nathan Handmacher of Stirling Properties worked for the seller.

Greene & Phillips expandingin midtown

Greene & Phillips, Personal Injury Lawyers, recently announced plans to build a new building on the west side of North Florida Street across from their current location at 50 N. Florida St., in midtown Mobile. 

The 16,500-square-foot, three-story building was designed by architect Rich Mueller of Fairhope and will be built by Roy Lewis Construction Corporation of Mobile. The building will face Florida Street and have parking behind the structure off of Kossow Street. Groundbreaking is scheduled for mid-2015 with construction continuing through early 2016. 

The Mobile Planning Commission initially approved the zoning change from residential to commercial and the firm is waiting on final approval from the city before commencing construction. 

David Greene, Managing Partner of Greene & Phillips, said the extra space is needed as the firm grows.

Established in 1998 with Greene, partner Will Phillips and one secretary, the firm has grown to include six full-time attorneys and a support staff of more than 40 employees. The company plans to continue using their current location in addition to the new property being built across the street. 

Greene and Phillips serves clients throughout the entire region with legal needs related to personal injury, car wrecks, workers compensation, product liability and industrial accidents. They have attorneys licensed in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and partners with law firms throughout the country to provide legal representation. 

Roberts Brothers’ week of community service begins

Following suit with BBVA’s recent week of volunteer community service, Robert’s Brothers week of volunteerism started Monday, Oct. 20 and will end Saturday, Oct. 25.

Throughout the week, they will be lending a helping hand to a plethora of causes including: disadvantaged children, families with children suffering from long-term illness, community cleanups, homeless women and breast cancer.

Venues visited are/were: Monday at McKemie Place making hygiene kits for women; decorating pumpkins Tuesday with children at St. Mary’s Home; catering lunch Thursday for families at the Ronald McDonald House and litter pick-up Friday at the loop area Mellow Mushroom.

Saturday will be spent painting the teachers’ lounge at Fonde Elementary School.

On average, 10 to 15 Roberts Brothers employee volunteers will be working at each of the aforementioned events.

WMH’s Stalcrup earns CGMA designation

L. Page Stalcup, III, CPA/ABV, CFF, CVA, partner with Wilkins Miller Hieronymus (WMH), has been awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 

Stalcup received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration with majors in accounting and economics from the University of Alabama and currently serves as Chairman of the Providence Health System Board of Directors.

He is also an appointed member of the University of South Alabama, Mitchell College of Business, Center for Real Estate & Economic Development Advisory Board, chair for the City of Mobile, Citizens Budget and Finance Advisory Board and an associate member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.