Trinity Park

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Trinity Park (also called the Trinity Site or Trinity Steel site) is a 27-acre brownfield site in North Titusville, formerly the site of Ingalls Iron Works, and later of Trinity Steel. The property is vacant and owned by the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority (JCEIDA). It is zoned for heavy industry, but master plans for the site completed in 2008 recommend mixed manufacturing, office and retail development.

The unused property was sold to the Development Authority, on behalf of Jefferson County and the City of Birmingham in 2005. Two vacant office buildings on the site were damaged by an intentionally-set fire on April 9, 2007. The Development Authority cleared the rubble and performed a general clean-up across the site, but was unable to attract a developer.

In July 2008 then Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford proposed using the site to construct a new pentagon-shaped municipal building to house the Birmingham Police Headquarters, Birmingham City Jail, Birmingham Police Academy, Birmingham Department of Public Works and other offices. The redevelopment would be the centerpiece of a $65 million revitalization project for the Titusville community. A later version of Langford's proposal abandoned the pentagonal shape for a series of smaller buildings more adapted to the site's terrain. The Development Authority passed a resolution to pursue a sale of the property to Birmingham.

In 2010 Mayor William Bell proposed redevelopment of the area just east of the Trinity Park site as a pedestrian-friendly entertainment district connecting to the soon-to-open Railroad Park and surrounding a proposed downtown baseball park intended to bring the Birmingham Barons back to the city from Hoover. The proposal was intended to spur development on the Trinity Park site and revitalization of the Titusville community by upgrading the adjacent areas east of I-65.

In June 2016 Greater Birmingham Humane Society president and CEO Allison Black Cornelius publicized a proposal for the society to combine its operations onto the site, which would also be developed with a public park connecting to the Rotary Trail and provide opportunities for veterinary care internships to Birmingham City Schools students, and training space for the Birmingham Police Department's K-9 Unit.

References

  • Norris, Toraine and Dawn Kent (April 10, 2007) "Fire damages former Ingalls Iron Works site." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (November 30, 2008) "Jefferson County's development authority wants to rid itself of former Trinity Steel site near Titusville." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 26, 2010) "Mayor Bell pitches bigger plans for Birmingham baseball stadium." The Birmingham News
  • Hrynkiw, Ivana (June 28, 2016) "Greater Birmingham Humane Society to propose 27-acre complex in Titusville." The Birmingham News

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