Proposed $250M Project Would Include Alabama's Tallest Building

Wed August 26, 2020 - Southeast Edition
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The project, which is being called The Block, would have a centerpiece 48-story high rise development called the Dansby Tower. (theblock.live rendering)
The project, which is being called The Block, would have a centerpiece 48-story high rise development called the Dansby Tower. (theblock.live rendering)



A massive new development is being proposed for downtown Birmingham, Ala., that would encompass 1.2 million sq. ft. and cost around a quarter of a billion dollars.

The project, which is being called The Block, would have a centerpiece 48-story high rise development called the Dansby Tower. If the development comes to fruition, the tower would be the tallest building in Alabama.

The planned Dansby Tower gets its name from former Auburn Tigers and Arizona Cardinals star linebacker Karlos Dansby, who is a partner in the project alongside The Ultimate Fan, a business developer from Phoenix where Dansby played most of his NFL career.

The project is still looking for investors.

"A flexible indoor/outdoor pedestrian experience that is distilled with a mix of locally owned restaurants, bars, event/music venue, hotels, and cafes," is how The Block bills itself on its website.

The plan by the developers is to build in three phases, with the goal of having two of the phases complete before the 2022 World Games, set to be held in July of that year at venues across Birmingham.

The company behind The Block said it will be a build and fill development, and they will purchase the necessary land from Birmingham-based Ladd Real Estate.

Ladd is purported to currently own the entire city block where the new construction would take place, which is on 2nd Avenue North near the City Federal Building.