Preliminary site approval has been granted for the construction of a
three-story building for Birmingham's Peabody Block, at Woodward and
Maple. Planned tenants include Lasalle Bank and a health spa, with
third-floor office space still available.
[Planning director jenna] Ecker said the three-story building will provide more of an
architectural statement over the previous proposal. While she's not
thrilled with the idea of a drive-through bank in the heart of a
walkable community, she noted the entrance to the drive-through is off
Peabody and designed in such a way to make it more pedestrian friendly.
"I think the mix of uses is exactly what we want to see downtown," she
said Friday. "That block has always been a target for redevelopment."
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