Birmingham Officials Impressed With Beale Street

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From the Birmingham News: BJCC officials, fresh off a weekend tour of the Beale Street entertainment district being used as a model for Birmingham, said Monday they are convinced that the developer can duplicate its success here.

Although Performa Entertainment Real Estate's proposed projects in other cities have stalled due to financing challenges, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Executive Director Jack Fields said he is confident the Memphis firm will be able to break ground soon on its $40 million project adjacent to the BJCC.

Fields and other convention complex officials met with Performa chief John Elkington as part of the BJCC board's annual retreat in Memphis last weekend.

"John is so sure this district is going to happen that he presented all of the board members at the retreat with a clock counting down the 550 days from when this project started until when it opens sometime in 2009," Fields said.

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