The block was most recently occupied mostly by parking lots, but also contained a Birmingham Water Works payment center, a Kinko's/Fed Ex store, an Express Oil Change, and a building that most recently housed Reed Books and Scott's Koneys, all on the 20th Street side of the block.
In 2006 Corporate Realty Development proposed a two-phase redevelopment, which would start with a $24 million full-service Hyatt Place hotel and retail shops, originally scheduled for a September 2008 opening, and then later add a high-rise mixed use building. In August 2007, the block was purchased for $4.3 million by Inland American Communities, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia and development of Cityville began.
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- Cooper, Lauren B. (August 31, 2007) "City block to get revamped." Birmingham Business Journal
- Cooper, Lauren B. (February 11, 2008) "Express Oil moving downtown location to make room for $33M project." Birmingham Business Journal
- Williams, Roy L. (December 5, 2008) "Long-delayed building project near UAB starts demolition." The Birmingham News