Massey Business College building

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The Massey Business College building is a three story, 23,665-square-foot commercial building at 2024 3rd Avenue North. It was constructed in 1905 for Massey Business College and later housed the Alabama Department of Revenue's Birmingham Taxpayer Service Center.

The brick building features a central corridor lit with large windows on each floor flanked by pilasters. To either side are office spaces with large triple double-hung windows. The central section extends above the roof to a higher parapet ornamented with a flagpole. The entrance way is covered with a projecting limestone cornice with two bracket lights. The structure is a "contributing resource" to the Downtown Birmingham Historic District.

After the Department vacated the building, it turned over ownership to the City of Birmingham. In 2014 the vacant building was sold for $350,000 to SWBP Colonnade LLC, a subsidiary of Shannon Waltchack Development, for commercial redevelopment. The developer did not fulfill the agreement to improve the property, and agreed to sell it back to the city for $380,000 in 2016. The city then sold it to another developer, Jim Rowland, for $650,000. He plans a $1 million renovation to create individual leasable office spaces with shared conference and kitchen areas.

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References

  • Tomberlin, Michael (July 15, 2014) "Historic downtown Birmingham building being sold to highest offer among renovation plans." The Birmingham News
  • Godwin, Brent (May 11, 2016) "Historic downtown property may change hands again." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Godwin, Brent (October 7, 2016) "Historic Third Avenue North building to be renovated." Birmingham Business Journal