3201 1st Avenue North – Lakeview District
Across the train tracks from Sloss Real Estate’s flagship property, Pepper Place, and right across the street from the emblematic Sloss Furnaces is a complex of warehouse buildings called Sloss Docks. Comprising expansive warehouse, workshop, and office space, Sloss Docks offers big opportunities near Birmingham’s city center and is easily accessible for the city’s thriving neighborhoods of Avondale, Forest Park, Crestwood, and Woodlawn.
For years Sloss Docks has operated primarily as a warehouse and shipping center for various regional companies from The Birmingham News to Iron Mountain secure storage. Keeping with Sloss Real Estate’s spirit of renovation and innovation, Sloss Docks is being given new life in the new Birmingham economy. The beginning of this transformation is the expansion of Gadsden-based Back Forty Beer Company into the Birmingham market.
Back Forty Beer Company-Birmingham will anchor the redevelopment of the 120,000-square-foot Sloss Docks.
“We had a strong vision for Sloss Docks, but we needed all of the key pieces to come together,” said Callan Childs, director of Design and Marketing at Sloss Real Estate. “Whenever you do a redevelopment, it’s very important to bring in the right players first. When we started thinking about what are the right kind of players to bring into this type of development, what immediately came to mind for us was a brewery.”
In addition to a brewery producing 2,000 barrels of beer per year, the location will feature a full-service restaurant with executive chef Russ Bodner, former sous chef for chef Rob McDaniel at SpringHouse on Lake Martin before becoming the executive chef of Kowaliga, also on Lake Martin.
According to Tom Walker, COO of Sloss Real Estate, “Back Forty will serve as an anchor for economic growth in an area primed for development and will allow Sloss Real Estate to continue its mission of revitalizing Birmingham’s neighborhoods and connecting them to its urban core.”
Conveniently located near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, with multiple docks doors, and located in an area positioned for excellent growth, Sloss Docks has more than 80,000 square feet of space remaining for redevelopment.