Mobile-based Zarzour Cos. recently announced the development of a $17 million, 55,000-square-foot Class A medical office building in Saraland, adjacent to both the new Publix shopping center site and the Infirmary Diagnostic and Emergency Room Center.
Construction is expected to start this summer, with an opening anticipated for late summer 2020. Some 250 parking spaces will be made available at the 3.49 acre site.
• Vallas Realty reported Miami-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen recently bought about an acre of land for $650,000 near the new Cracker Barrel at 88 Shell St. in Saraland, where it plans to build a new franchise. That area in northern Mobile County, off Interstate 65 exit 13 near the intersection of Shelton Beach Road and State Road 158, has seen explosive growth, with a Holiday Inn Express & Suites recently opening there.
• Mobile-based AeroStar, a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) aircraft service provider, recently announced the completion of its new facility at 2248 Michigan Ave. inside the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The addition more than doubles the company’s footprint, allowing for anticipated hiring growth this year.
Founded in 2011, AeroStar currently has 9,000 square feet of office space and 4,000 square feet of storage. “The new space, located adjacent to the existing buildings, is 17,250 square feet,” said Greg Guzman, president and managing partner.
• Well-known Eastern Shore developer Harry Johnson, owner of Baldwin Rental Properties in Fairhope, has announced the opening of a new business venture called Southern Logo.
“Southern Logo art/decor is celebrating our history and past. We use reclaimed heart pine and beaded board to frame classic logos of former businesses and properties along the Gulf Coast,” Johnson said. Recent noteworthy business real estate developments Johnson has been involved with include Manci’s Antique Club and Buster’s Brick Oven in Daphne.
• Amber Hightower Dedeaux with Vallas Realty reported a roughly 1.7 acre plot near the intersection of 320 N. Broad St. and Congress Street in Mobile was recently acquired by Bishop State Community College for $225,000. Plans are in place for the local technical and trade school to develop the site as part of future expansion in the downtown area. Additional build-out plans were unknown as of press time.
Marriott’s Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel earns award
Mobile-based Marriott International Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel was recently recognized as the 2018 Marriott Franchise Hotel of the Year in the “Distinctive Premium Hotels” of North America category. The category reportedly has 364 hotels in the Autograph, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Westin, Le Meridien and Tribute Portfolio brands.
“This is a great recognition for our hotel, our associates, owners (Retirement Systems of Alabama) and the city of Mobile,” Kent Blackinton, general manager of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, said. “The hotel management team worked closely with leadership from Visit Mobile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Downtown Alliance and other organizations to promote the hotel to both group and leisure guests.”
The “Hotel of the Year” designation evaluates all aspects of each property: guest satisfaction, financial, community involvement, employee opinions, event satisfaction and market share. In other distinctions, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel has maintained its AAA Four Diamond status since 2011.
Ambrecht Jackson taps Graham as new managing partner
Mobile-headquartered Armbrecht Jackson, LLP, recently announced Duane A. Graham has been named managing partner.
Graham, who previously served as co-managing partner, received his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1984. Prior to that, he enrolled at South Alabama to pursue a bachelor’s degree in history before transferring to Alabama. Graham’s current practice includes trusts and estates, oil and gas law, and real estate
“Duane Graham reflects the effective and client-focused approach we provide our clients at Armbrecht Jackson,” said M. Kathleen Miller, former managing partner. “We congratulate him on being named managing partner and are confident he will provide outstanding leadership for our firm.”
Founded locally in 1897, Armbrecht Jackson is located in downtown Mobile’s RSA Tower and employs some 30 attorneys focusing on industries with business-related practices. Areas of practice include admiralty and maritime, aviation, transportation, medical malpractice, real estate and business litigation.
Austal USA lands $261.8 million contract
Austal USA was recently awarded a $261.8 million contract for the 13th and 14th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) by the U.S. Navy, according to a news release. The new contract expands Austal’s current 12-ship EPF program and potentially positions the company for a move into more medically based variants of the high-speed transport. Austal’s 14-ship total contract now reportedly exceeds $2 billion.
“This contract reflects the confidence the U.S. Navy has in Austal’s workforce to build these highly capable, cost-effective ships,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. “It’s exciting to see how the EPF ships are supporting the fleet in so many different capacities. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the fleet with the addition of EPF 13 and 14 and beyond.”
Perciavalle said Austal USA’s EPF program is robust, with 10 ships delivered and two more under construction at its headquarters and ship manufacturing site in Mobile.
Baldwin Bone & Joint adds surgeon
The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint recently expanded to include Dr. Charles Gordon Jr., reportedly one of the only fellowship-trained neck and spine surgeons along the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast to perform minimally invasive neck and spine surgeries in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
“Because of Dr. Gordon’s specialized training, our patients will no longer have to travel out of state for laser-navigated neck and spine surgeries,” Dr. Paul B. Canale, medical director of The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint, said. “We now also offer complimentary MRI reviews for those who have been told they need spine surgery.”
The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint also launched a new website in December 2018 that allows patients to request an appointment online and offers downloadable forms. Office locations include Daphne, Bay Minette and Orange Beach.
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