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Where do you park when you visit Uptown/Downtown? Do you circle the block  several times before finding a space? Do you feel comfortable or safe in a parking deck? Alva James-Johnson released a story on April 12, 2017 covering the city's decision to increase parking citations.  But the most recent story by Tony Adams "as downtown Columbus grows, so do parking challenges. What should be done?" digs deep into the issue and offers us a guide to parking in Uptown. 

 

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Technology is getting really interesting in the real estate market, but always remember that the future comes one day at a time and that I think it has something to do with tomorrow that there always is one and that everything can change when it comes. Our industry seems like it is changing every couple of months.

Full Service vs. Low Service. The gap in services will widen further as real estate companies are recognized as either a Walmart or a Nordstrom. Many players are entering the market to chase the billions of dollars in commissions shared in a real estate transaction, but most take the Low Cost/Fee, Limited Service, Help Your Self approach. Bickerstaff Parham is a full service brokerage firm and always will be. Consumers want to work with

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In this Housing Market Update we will compare 2017 vs 2018 statistics in Russell/Lee County, AL and Harris/Muscogee County, GA. As we compared the prior year to the current year we noticed the total number of homes sold increased 7% in Harris/Muscogee County and decreased .77% in Lee/Russell County. The total sales volume increased $48M in Harris/Muscogee County and increased $13M in Lee/Russell County. The average sales price increased only 3.36% in Harris/Muscogee County and increased 8% in Lee/Russell County. In prior years, property values were declining or flat in Alabama and this news should be encouraging to many property owners in Alabama.

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The Toys R Us store, shown here Thursday, has been located on Whittlesey Boulevard at Columbus Park Crossing since the shopping center’s opening in 2002. It moved there at the time from Macon Road. The Wall Street Journal and other national media are reporting that Wayne, N.J.-based Toys R Us is on the brink of closing all of its stores and liquidating them. -- Photo by Tony Adams tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

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With Toys R Us on brink of closure, here’s what could fill that and other empty retail spaces in Columbus

BY TONY ADAMS

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March 11, 2018 07:30 PM

Updated March 12, 2018 09:15 AM

If the Toys R Us store in Columbus is notified this week — as national media outlets have reported likely will be

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VILLAGE AT CROSSWINDS

An art rendering shows Renfroe’s Market anchoring The Village at Crosswinds shopping center that is now set to enter the construction phase off U.S. Hwy. 431 South, near the intersection of Alabama Hwy. 165. -- Image from eds America

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Construction to begin on Phenix City shopping center with supermarket

BY TONY ADAMS

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January 08, 2018 02:26 PM

Updated January 09, 2018 01:15 PM

It’s been in the dream and planning stages for more than six years. But construction on a shopping center on U.S. Highway 431 South in Phenix City is about to crank up, the project’s developers said Monday.

What will be called The Village at Crosswinds — located near the intersection of

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Retail business going into former Circuit City, church property

By Tony Adams

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The former home of electronics retailer Circuit City, which later was converted to Kingdom Metropolitan Worship Centre, is now returning to retail use at 3001 Airport Thruway in Columbus.

October 30, 2017 5:31 PM

It was the home of electronics retailer Circuit City for a decade, then sat empty for several years before becoming a palm tree-laced oasis of worship until an unfortunate foreclosure last year.

Now the 21,212-square-foot building at 3001 Airport Thruway, at the intersection of West Britt David Road, will be returning to the city’s tax rolls with a retailer planning to open at the location.

“It’s going back to retail

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A 26,000-square-foot loft office building, shown Thursday at 408 12th St., at the intersection of Veterans Parkway in downtown Columbus, is moving toward completion. The structure, which has been rehabilitated at a cost of $3.1 million, is the former home of Strickland Motors years ago. --

A 26,000-square-foot loft office building, shown Thursday at 408 12th St., at the intersection of Veterans Parkway in downtown Columbus, is moving toward completion. The structure, which has been rehabilitated at a cost of $3.1 million, is the former home of Strickland Motors years ago. -- Photo by Tony Adams tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

APRIL 13, 2017 6:21 PM

‘For the People’ law firm to have name on new downtown office building

BY TONY ADAMS

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A downtown Columbus loft office building moving toward its $3.1 million completion will feature the name of a prominent personal injury law firm that uses the slogan, “For the People,” when it opens by the end of June.

Columbus real-estate executive Reynolds Bickerstaff

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Columbus company to become Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate

Here’s the new Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate logo that Waddell Realty will start using on Nov. 1.

 

Here’s the new Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate logo that Waddell Realty will start using on Nov. 1.

BY TONY ADAMS

tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

Just as it is preparing to open its freshly constructed, state-of-the-art corporate office in north Columbus in less than two months, Waddell Realty soon will have a new name to go with it — Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate.

Partners Reynolds Bickerstaff and Allen Parham made the announcement to employees Wednesday, with the company legally taking its new moniker on Nov. 1. The company, founded by Columbus businessman Richard Waddell, has been around more than 30 years.

“We debated about this for a long time, because the name Waddell is

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$3.1 million project bringing loft office space to downtown Columbus

  • 408 12th Street property started as Strickland Motors car dealership back in 1947

  • Property being transformed from commercial to office space with law firm expected on top floor

  • Rooftop area to become common access area for tenants with views down 12th Street.

The building at 408 12th Street, shown Friday, is being turned into loft office space and is scheduled to be occupied by October. Waddell Realty is marketing it and River City Contracting is the contractor.

The building at 408 12th Street, shown Friday, is being turned into loft office space and is scheduled to be occupied by October. Waddell Realty is marketing it and River City Contracting is the contractor. A downtown Columbus structure that began its life back in 1947 as an automobile dealership — seemingly ahead of its time — is now being transformed into Class A office space as part of a

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Job Spotlight: Reynolds Bickerstaff, managing partner and chief experience officer at Waddell Realty

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Asked to describe the Columbus housing market in 2015, Reynolds Bickerstaff is forthcoming, calling it “average.” In fact, he said, there may have been a few more homes sold in 2014 than in 2015.

“It’s a nominal amount, but I think what we need to be worried about is 2016 with Fort Benning’s reduction,” said Bickerstaff, referring to the local military post losing the 3rd Armored Combat Brigade Team and,

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