The Brickwell, a 21,586-square-foot, mixed-use three story condominium and commercial development located at 670 Springhill Ave., near the western gateway of Mobile’s burgeoning Central Business District, recently opened for business.
The site is situated next door to the offices of Sam Winter & Co. and across the street from both Moe’s Original Bar B Que and OK Bicycle Shop eateries in downtown Mobile.
The development has seven 1,840-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath units, priced at $350,000 each, and one 2,270-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath space on the second floor, price to be determined. Total footprint on the residential side encompasses some 15,150 square feet. Sam Winter with Sam Winter & Co. is handing handling the sales of the eight condominium units.
The open bay retail area, located on the bottom floor, encompasses 6,387 square feet and can be used as one parcel or rented in either 1,000- or 1,500-square-foot segments separately. Jeremy Milling with Milling Commercial Realty is handling inquiries on the commercial side.
“We came up with the name of the development from an archeological discovery, in 1995, of a historic well that was discovered near the development site,” Winter said. “The development was formerly an upper Dauphin Street market and shopping center sometime in the 1800s. We thought the name ‘Brickwell’ for the property was appropriate, to reflect its history.”
More information about The Brickwell can be found on its website.
Business moves, transactions
• Providence Hospital, a part of Ascension, recently held an open house in Mobile for its new hybrid operating room, which can convert from a cath lab to a surgical room, as needed. Providence is reportedly the first hospital in the Gulf Coast region to offer a hybrid operating room with a specialized high-definition 3D imaging system.
The room features the ARTIS pheno robotic imaging system. The technology reportedly allows 15 percent faster image resolution and four times higher definition than other systems, facilitating more accurate information during complex procedures.
“We are seeing a transition in medicine from open surgeries to more minimally invasive procedures that require new technology. Imaging is crucial to these procedures because it allows physicians to see in crystal-clear detail fine vascular structures, which is critical in placing stents or opening up arteries,” Rick Metzger, vice president of operations and surgical services at Providence Hospital, said.
Other patient benefits include: less stress on kidneys due to lower doses of radiation and IV contrast materials; reduced risk of infection through special coating on the device; and portability when more advanced intervention is required.
The new hybrid operating room, which is almost double the size of a traditional operating room, will allow physicians to perform a variety of vascular procedures, including arteriogram, angioplasty and complex endovascular stent procedures.
• Waterville USA, located at 906 Gulf Shores Parkway, has opened for the 2019 season with two new attractions. The first is Cyberville USA, a virtual reality center allowing patrons to put on a headset and use hand-controlled sensors for an interactive computer-generated experience in a simulated environment. The second, The Launch Pad, is a two-man trampoline experience with bungee apparatus.
According to Waterville USA President Joe Warrington, since its initial opening in 1986 the park has invested over $16 million in new and improved attractions. Current activities include Nascart Go-Carts, the Flowrider, a 36-hole miniature golf course, kiddie rides, an arcade room and two Escape Rooms.
Waterville USA’s water park opens May 18.
• Mobile-headquartered Beard Equipment Co. recently broke ground on a new facility at 4551 NW 44th Ave. in Ocala, Florida, situated on 10 acres. The addition of the 48,000-square-foot site will increase the company’s staff from 26 full-time employees to 35. Established in 1970 and family owned, Beard Equipment Co. has 10 locations in Mobile, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Freeport, Panama City, Tallahassee, Perry, Lake City, Palatka and now Ocala.
South Baldwin Chamber launches apprenticeship program
The South Baldwin Chamber Gateway Initiative has launched its new Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program set for April 2019.
The program will be offered to high school students ages 15 to 18 and will allow them to partner with local businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries in Baldwin County. To date, 24 businesses have signed up to participate in the program and will offer students who qualify a paid apprenticeship.
“This youth apprenticeship program will truly provide opportunities for kids in the community to advance their careers and allow us to be a part of their growth,” Shaul Zislin, founder of Hangout Hospitality Group, a family of restaurants in Gulf Shores, said.
The YA program will begin with a Signing Day event set for April 5 at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. Students will be transported from all Baldwin County high schools to participate in career development activities, culminating with offers to qualified students of paid employment and apprenticeship opportunities.
More information about the program can be found on the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce website.
Spring Hill College’s Rev. Gregory Lucey SJ retires
Rev. Gregory F. Lucey SJ, chancellor of Spring Hill College (SHC) since 2015, has announced his plans to retire from full-time duties as chancellor, according to a news release. In the role, Lucey worked as mission and identity officer, was a member of the college cabinet and served as liaison to the board committee.
Lucey was SHC president from 1997 to 2009, and was involved in the renovation and/or construction of the Marnie and John Burke Memorial Library, the Mary Lou and John Barter Student Center, the St. Joseph Chapel and new residence halls.
He was appointed chancellor in 2013, had an additional presidential appointment from 2013 to 2015 and re-assumed the chancellorship in 2015.
Lucey will remain on the SHC campus, working in various fundraising and public relations capacities.
“I deeply appreciate the opportunity to be able to serve with the people of Spring Hill College for most of 22 years,” he said.
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