It's almost time to celebrate a refreshed 20th Street!
You’re invited to the (20th) Street Party on May 20 from 4-8 p.m.! This two-block party on 20th Street North between 2nd Avenue and 4th Avenue North will bring together entertainment, interactive programming (including The World Games and Legion!), art, shopping and dining in the streets. Special celebration moment happens at 6 p.m.
And the party doesn’t stop there! Even when there’s not a multi-block event going on, the new 20th Street is a place for people to spend time – dog-walking, photo-taking, book-reading, game-playing, remote-working, eating/drinking.
We can’t wait for you to see how much more 20th Street has in store!
May 5, 2022 Update:
We’re in the “punch list” phase now, checking off the finishing touches in the last few weeks of this project. Flex lane painting is nearly done, but you may see a few short-term rolling closures over the next two weeks as that finishes up.
Several back-ordered items may mean a few extra items will make their appearances after construction is complete, but those things won’t hinder traffic. Construction at The Frank will continue after the 20th Street project wraps up.
Reminder: Birmingham Police Parking Enforcement is issuing tickets and towing offenders in the flex lanes, where parking is permitted only for up to 10 minutes (so, drop off that package at UPS or pick up food, but don’t try to eat a leisurely lunch while parked there!).
Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for Birmingham to welcome international visitors for the World Games 2022. The 20th Street North project stretches from Morris Avenue to Linn Park and includes…
- expansion of the bike and flex lanes installed on a portion of the street in 2020
- new native and drought-resistant landscaping, consistent with the plant palette found in Railroad Park and Rotary Trail
- flexible cafe-style public seating
- sidewalk and crosswalk improvements
- public art
The Birmingham Green Refresh is managed by the City Center Business Improvement District (BID), which is funded by downtown property owners and also executes downtown’s successful CAP clean and safe program. The City Center BID partners with REV Birmingham for program delivery.
The City Center BID partnered with REV Birmingham and collaborated with community partners to instigate planning and design for the project. PNC supported pre-development work. Cawaco RC&D donated trees. Landscape design partners Dix Hite + Partners, Golightly Landscape Architecture, Goodwin Mills Cawood, Macknally Land Design, Renta Urban Land Design and Studio A Design contributed pro bono conceptual designs. A demonstration project was completed in the fall of 2020 in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects and supported by Hunter Trees, Shelby General Contractors and Vulcan Materials.
We are approaching the finish line for the 20th Street Refresh, which calls for a celebration – and you’re invited! The City Center Business Improvement District (BID), funded by downtown property owners, is partnering with the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham to celebrate a refreshed Birmingham Green. Come join the party on May 20th from 4 to 8 p.m (with a special celebration happening at 6 p.m.)!
20th Street construction has been underway for some time now and we are so excited to be entering the final phase! We are beginning the lane striping and flex lane painting this week (which is VERY exciting) so let’s break down how we got here and what to expect in the coming weeks.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been talking a lot about our Value of Downtown Report. We’ve also been talking a lot about the construction we’re doing on 20th Street. But how exactly do both of these projects go hand in hand?
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