Economic Development Partnership of Alabama moving to downtown Birmingham


The Economic Department Partnership of Alabama is moving to the center of the Magic City.

The non-profit will move into Baker's Row, the office development in the former Merita factory at  the corner of First Avenue South and 14th Street.

"We are planning a move, and we are excited," EDPA Communications Director Val Walton wrote in an email. "We are finalizing the plans, and we will be releasing details in the near future."

The EDPA currently operates out of 500 Beacon Parkway West in Birmingham near Interstate 65.

Last month, the EDPA announced that Steve Spencer would assume the job as President of the agency after a 37-year career at Alabama. Spencer starts April 1, succeeding Bill Taylor, who is retiring. Taylor became president in 2009.

With EDPA moving in, Baker's Row is now 100 percent leased.

The 30,157-square-foot development is a partnership between LIV Development and Corporate Realty. Corporate Realty and KPS Group, who served as the project's architect, are already tenants in the building.

The Merita building was first constructed in the 1930s and closed in November 2012 when the parent company Hostess Brands Inc. declared bankruptcy. Hostess has since been purchased and re-launched by a new owner who did not buy and renew operations at the Birmingham bakery.