Metropolitan’s Five Rowhouses Near Completion on Morris Avenue

​The​ ​construction​ ​of​ ​ROW5,​ ​a​ ​development​ ​of Metropolitan​ ​LLC,​ ​will​ ​shortly​ ​be​ ​completed​ ​to​ ​create​ ​five​ ​luxury​ ​rowhouses​ ​on​ ​Morris​ ​Avenue​ ​in downtown​ ​Birmingham​ ​–​ ​​ ​breaking​ ​new​ ​ground​ ​in​ ​downtown​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​trends.​ ​​ ​Financing​ ​for ROW​ ​5​ ​was​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​Renasant​ ​Bank,​ ​with​ ​construction​ ​by​ ​Nearen​ ​Construction,​ ​and​ ​the architectural​ ​design​ ​by​ ​BILT.​ ​​ ​The​ ​former​ ​empty​ ​​ ​parking​ ​lot​ ​has​ ​been​ ​transformed​ ​into​ ​three 3-story​ ​and​ ​two​ ​2-story​ ​homes.​ ​​ ​Four​ ​have​ ​been​ ​sold;​ ​one​ ​3-story​ ​unit​ ​is​ ​still​ ​available,​ ​with approximately​ ​2700​ ​heated​ ​SF.

“We​ ​are​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​see​ ​our​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​a​ ​new​ ​downtown​ ​living​ ​option​ ​come​ ​to​ ​life”​ ​said​ ​developer Jeremy​ ​Erdreich,​ ​who​ ​put​ ​ROW5​ ​together​ ​with​ ​co-developer​ ​and​ ​sister​ ​Anna​ ​Erdreich​ ​after having​ ​given​ ​many​ ​tours​ ​of​ ​the​ ​townhouse​ ​they​ ​built​ ​for​ ​their​ ​parents​ ​on​ ​2nd​ ​Avenue​ ​North, pioneering​ ​in​ ​2007.​ ​​ ​“It’s​ ​only​ ​logical​ ​that​ ​the​ ​next​ ​step​ ​in​ ​the​ ​evolution​ ​of​ ​downtown​ ​living​ ​– already​ ​growing​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​all​ ​the​ ​new​ ​options​ ​for​ ​going​ ​out,​ ​parks​ ​and​ ​quick​ ​walks​ ​to​ ​work​ ​– would​ ​be​ ​new​ ​construction​ ​that​ ​allows​ ​you​ ​to​ ​have​ ​your​ ​own​ ​private​ ​gardens​ ​and​ ​roofdecks, parking​ ​in​ ​your​ ​own​ ​private​ ​garage,​ ​and​ ​architectural​ ​details​ ​like​ ​double​ ​height​ ​spaces​ ​or floating​ ​stairs”​ ​Jeremy​ ​said.

The​ ​developers​ ​sought​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​some​ ​post​ ​industrial​ ​chic​ ​to​ ​the​ ​project​ ​with​ ​BILT​ ​‘s​ ​architecture and​ ​fabrication​ ​capabilities.​ ​​ ​“We​ ​like​ ​to​ ​take​ ​ideas​ ​we​ ​see​ ​elsewhere,​ ​like​ ​the​ ​rowhouse concept”​ ​said​ ​Anna​ ​Erdreich,​ ​“but​ ​give​ ​them​ ​that​ ​special​ ​local​ ​Birmingham​ ​twist.​ ​​ ​Local Birmingham​ ​firm​ ​BILT​ ​designed​ ​our​ ​railings​ ​and​ ​stairs​ ​and​ ​details​ ​from​ ​cabinet​ ​pulls​ ​to​ ​shelving in​ ​custom​ ​fabricated​ ​steel​ ​–​ ​harkening​ ​to​ ​the​ ​foundation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​city”.

Unique​ ​amenities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rowhouses​ ​include​ ​sweeping​ ​views​ ​to​ ​Red​ ​Mountain​ ​and​ ​downtown, custom​ ​steel​ ​stairs​ ​and​ ​accents​ ​made​ ​locally​ ​by​ ​BILT,​ ​patterned​ ​concrete​ ​tile,​ ​marble countertops,​ ​white​ ​oak​ ​and​ ​polished​ ​concrete​ ​floors,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​balconies​ ​and​ ​roof​ ​decks, individual​ ​garages,​ ​flex​ ​space,​ ​and​ ​Shou-Sugi-Ban​ ​black​ ​cypress​ ​siding​ ​and​ ​accents.

Despite​ ​the​ ​unusually​ ​high​ ​rains​ ​during​ ​construction,​ ​Nearen​ ​Construction​ ​expects​ ​a​ ​November completion​ ​for​ ​the​ ​structures​ ​that​ ​have​ ​replaced​ ​the​ ​former​ ​parking​ ​lot,​ ​which​ ​was​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​a basement​ ​of​ ​an​ ​older​ ​Morris​ ​Avenue​ ​building.​ ​​ ​This​ ​building,​ ​demolished​ ​decades​ ​ago,​ ​housed the​ ​Adams​ ​Produce​ ​Company,​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​once​ ​thriving​ ​wholesale​ ​business​ ​community​ ​on​ ​this street.

Now​ ​that​ ​the​ ​units​ ​have​ ​in​ ​their​ ​custom​ ​steel​ ​stairs,​ ​the​ ​final​ ​three​ ​story​ ​is​ ​available​ ​for​ ​hard​ ​hat tours​ ​with​ ​LAH​ ​agents​ ​Anna​ ​Frances​ ​and​ ​Guy​ ​Bradley.​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​“The​ ​dramatic​ ​four​ ​story​ ​entry​ ​is​ ​like no​ ​other​ ​property​ ​we​ ​have​ ​shown​ ​in​ ​Birmingham”​ ​said​ ​Anna​ ​Frances;​ ​“the​ ​clean​ ​modern​ ​design and​ ​the​ ​spectacular​ ​views​ ​are​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​those​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​walk​ ​to​ ​all​ ​downtown​ ​has​ ​to offer,​ ​with​ ​their​ ​own​ ​private​ ​oasis​ ​on​ ​the​ ​roof​ ​or​ ​their​ ​own​ ​backyard”​ ​​ ​More​ ​information​ ​on​ ​the final​ ​unit​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​by​ ​contacting​ ​Anna​ ​Frances​ ​Bradley​ ​at​ ​205.283.3398​ ​or​ ​Guy​ ​Bradley​ ​at 205.914.3742​ ​or​ ​Guyandannafrances.com.

The​ ​success​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rowhouses​ ​has​ ​encouraged​ ​Jeremy​ ​and​ ​Anna​ ​Erdreich​ ​to​ ​replicate​ ​this concept​ ​elsewhere.​ ​“We​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​announcing​ ​the​ ​next​ ​ROW​ ​project​ ​in​ ​early​ ​2018,”​ ​said Anna​ ​Erdreich.​ ​​ ​​ ​“Keep​ ​posted​ ​on​ ​our​ ​next​ ​location​ ​by​ ​joining​ ​our​ ​mailing​ ​list​ ​at
metropolitanllc.com​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​first​ ​to​ ​know.”

Metropolitan​ ​LLC​ ​was​ ​started​ ​in​ ​1998​ ​by​ ​Jeremy​ ​and​ ​Anna​ ​Erdreich​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​new​ ​concepts​ ​to the​ ​Birmingham​ ​Real​ ​Estate​ ​market.​ ​​ ​Previous​ ​projects​ ​include​ ​the​ ​74-unit​ ​Phoenix​ ​Building, creating​ ​the​ ​first​ ​mixed-income,​ ​historic​ ​renovation​ ​loft​ ​project​ ​in​ ​the​ ​state,​ ​and​ ​2nd​ ​Row,​ ​igniting the​ ​rebirth​ ​of​ ​2nd​ ​Avenue​ ​North​ ​with​ ​restaurant,​ ​retail,​ ​residential​ ​and​ ​office​ ​condos.