Stirling Properties recently announced the completion of Phase I of Portico, a mixed-use development in downtown Fairhope. As previously reported in Lagniappe, Portico will consist of multiple buildings strategically positioned on a 3.5-acre site with multiple addresses on Fairhope Avenue. The project will include mixed commercial uses, such as retail and Class A office space, as well as luxury residential condominiums.
The development at 561 Fairhope Ave. encompasses roughly 12,000 square feet of commercial space on two floors fronting Fairhope Avenue.
ServisFirst Bank has leased space on Portico’s ground floor and held a grand opening last week. Ohana Poke, reportedly Fairhope’s first poke restaurant, has also leased space on the ground floor, with plans to open this summer. Haley Development, LLC, the developer and owner, will occupy space on the second floor starting May 1.
Prime commercial space is available for lease, including a 2,200-square-foot ground floor end-cap unit. Class A office space is available on the second floor, with multiple options ranging from a single office space within multiple executive office suites, to a private suite covering some 3,800 square feet. Executive office suites will be available for occupancy May 1 and include the use of a common conference room and break area.
Portico’s amenities include onsite parking with 90 existing spaces, a furnished common lobby, elevator, onsite management, Wi-Fi capabilities and walkability to numerous area shops and restaurants.
“Portico is going to be a great addition to Fairhope, offering first-class space alternatives for tenants, as well as services for the surrounding community,” Jeff Barnes, broker associate with Stirling Properties, said. “The property is prominently positioned in Fairhope, within walking distance of restaurants, boutiques, parks and services. We are confident it will be extremely successful and look forward to announcing new occupants and additions to the development very soon.”
Barnes handled the lease transactions and is representing the developer in ongoing expansion of the commercial portion of the project. For more information, email Barnes at email@example.com.
Business moves, transactions
• Club 4 Fitness continues to add locations in the southeast with the addition of four sites in Alabama and Louisiana, including a facility in Mobile. Justin Toomey, local broker associate with Stirling Properties, and Kenneth Herring with Kerioth Corp., worked for the fitness company to acquire the latest retail locations.
Club 4 Fitness will occupy 47,061 square feet of retail space in McGregor Square, 3930 Airport Blvd., and plans to open by July. Buff Teague and Leigh Dale Younce with JLL represented the landlord at McGregor Square.
• Zach Morgan, majority owner of the new Gaelic-themed restaurant Spiffy Fox Pizza and Pub, located at 1455 Monroe St. in Mobile’s Leinkauf Historic District, recently opened for delivery business. The site was formerly home to the well-known La Pizzeria restaurant.
The pub is reportedly opening in phases inside the leased space, with the 800-square-foot delivery-only kitchen area currently in operation.
The 1,200-square-foot sit-down restaurant area is scheduled to open in June, and some 2,000 square feet set aside for tastings and cuisine seminars is anticipated to open sometime in the fall. Stephen McNair, owner of McNair Historic Preservation Inc., is the property’s landlord.
• Birmingham-based Onin Staffing recently held a grand opening for its new space at 3700 Government Blvd. in Mobile. The business relocated from 5601 Nevius Road and more than doubled its footprint, from 1,100 to 2,500 square feet, and adding two employees, bringing the total to five. Plans are in place to expand into Baldwin County and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the near future, according to branch manager Morgan Kennedy.
• E.J. Saad Law Firm is relocating to 1,280 square feet of office space at 5920 Grelot Road, Building H, in Mobile. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties represented the tenant in the transaction. Angie McArthur, also with Stirling, worked for the landlord.
• Greer’s Old Bay Ace Hardware held a “chainsaw” ribbon cutting Wednesday morning to open their new grocery & hardware store combination at 10835 Dauphin Island Pkwy.
Bishop State, Alabama Power initiate new training program
Alabama Power and Bishop State Community College recently announced a new partnership to offer a training program for electric utility linemen. Classes will be offered at the community college’s southwest campus at 925 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile.
This latest technical training initiative will include renovating a 7,500-square-foot building on the campus and offer three updated classrooms, a learning laboratory and an outdoor hands-on learning area. Local contractor CertaPro Domani will handle all renovation and upgrade work at the site.
Once completed, the center will be used to teach students the fundamentals of electricity as well as the basic math and science needed to work on power lines. There will also be an emphasis on worker safety best practices.
“We are thrilled that this training center is coming to Bishop State,” Bishop State President Dr. Reginald Sykes said. “This is another example of Bishop State providing workforce training for the Mobile County area.”
“We are excited to partner with Bishop State to provide a facility where people of diverse backgrounds can train for good, safe jobs as distribution linemen,” Jeff Peoples, Alabama Power senior vice president of employee services and labor relations, said. “Helping ensure our state’s workforce is prepared to succeed today and in the economy of the future is an important way we seek to elevate Alabama.”
Alabama Power provides competitive prices and reliable electric service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama. More than 84,000 miles of power lines carry electricity to customers throughout the company’s 44,500-square-mile service area.
Completion date for the facility is slated for fall 2019, with classes for the 10-week program set to begin in 2020. Upward of 20 students will be accepted for each session. More information on the program can be found by contacting Bishop State’s workforce development department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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