Venue at the Ballpark set to rise in shadow of Regions Field

The city block near Third Ave. S. and 16 thStreet S. in downtown Birmingham is coming into its own.

The city of Birmingham has approved funding for the $5 million Negro League baseball museum that is set to open in April, and on Thursday, Inland American Communities and Corporate Realty made the multifamily development, Venue at the Ballpark, official with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Already under construction for a couple months, the 236-unit six-story apartment community joins LIV Parkside, Railroad Park and Regions Field as another key development designed to draw more people to live, work and play downtown.

Golden Construction is the general contractor for the project.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with Inland American Communities, Corporate Realty and BOKA Powell on the Venue at the Ballpark,” said Geoff Golden, president of Golden Construction. “This luxury, high-density complex will be an impressive addition to the Parkside district and provide a unique living experience with its views of Regions Field.”

Venue at the Ballpark is situated directly behind Regions Field, and residents in the building will be able to overlook the centerfield portion of the ballpark from the rooftop.

“Inland American Communities is honored to be able to contribute to the growth and redevelopment of the Parkside district,” said David Pierce, senior vice president of development for Inland American Communities. “The Venue at the Ballpark draws more people to live downtown and supports the population growth needed to bring more businesses to downtown Birmingham.”

Construction is scheduled to continue through 2015 and is slated to open in the spring of 2016.

LIV Parkside, the district's other large multifamily development, had a groundbreaking ceremony in the spring.

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