In 1982 developer Raymond Gotlieb of Metropolitan Properties beat out eleven other competitors for a redevelopment agreement with the City of Birmingham for Block 60, which was considered a part of the Downtown Master Plan recently prepared by Pedro Costa and Angelos Demetriou. Gotlieb proposed razing the block for a $120 million, 28-story crescent-shaped Westin hotel and office complex. His company failed to acquire enough property to proceed with the plan, and the City Council declined to pursue condemnation.
- Frieden, Kitty (March 21, 1982) "Big day near with Block 60; reputations are on the line" The Birmingham News - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- Frieden, Kitty (November 14, 1982) "Block 60 within reach, but Gotlieb still vague about swinging $10 million for it" The Birmingham News - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections