Tower on Tenth has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of the historic Five Points South area of Birmingham, Alabama. This $19 million project is a renovation of a historic downtown building, formerly known as Building Trades Tower and originally built by Birmingham-based construction firm Robins & Morton in 1967, into studio and one-bedroom apartments.
More than 50 years later in 2020, Robins & Morton was selected to lead construction for the renovation of this historic building alongside developer and project manager LMS Real Estate Investment Management. The team, with the support of Hendon & Huckstein Architects, was able to bring this historic redevelopment to fruition in 13 months.
Tower on Tenth is a striking yet reasonably priced apartment complex featuring luxury amenities in a walkable neighborhood with impressive dining, shopping, and entertainment options. In total, the 12-story development is 144,000 square feet and includes 242 apartment units. The first floor of the building houses the leasing office and includes a common area, a fitness center with on-demand training, a billiards area, an outdoor patio area with a water feature wall, a grilling station, a fire pit and a bocce ball court.
Additionally, the complex features a self-serve coffee bar located in the lobby. The apartment units feature luxury finishes such as granite countertops and an in-unit washer and dryer system. To provide ultimate peace of mind for residents, the complex also includes app-based security for both the building and the parking deck.
The project team worked very closely with the city of Birmingham and the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority to ensure that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises (MBE/DBE) would benefit from opportunities on the project, achieving 40% participation of minority trade contractors. The development also featured a project team of contractors all local to the Birmingham area.
Tower on Tenth brings new life and opportunity to the downtown community, and its proximity to the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s downtown campus makes it a viable housing option for the university’s undergraduate and graduate student populations.
Hendon & Huckstein Architects
LMS Real Estate Investment Management