Industrial Parks/Oxmoor Valley

Thirty-eight industrial parks serve the MSA, including one designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. The newest is Corridor West Business Park, located between downtown Birmingham and the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, with 200 total acres available.

The focus of major development currently is on Oxmoor, a 7,000-acre mixed-use park with a significant research component. A public and private partnership, Oxmoor is a research park attracting a variety of projects, including the new campus for Southern Research Technologies and the Southern Research Institute Engineering Research Center. John Carroll Catholic High School has a new campus, and the City of Birmingham plans to build an Education Development Center, a UAB-sponsored laboratory school for grades k-8. Sunbelt Golf, which operates the statewide Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, built its headquarters in Oxmoor, where is has a 54-hole public golf course.

Housing has come to Oxmoor valley with construction of the 520-unit Wildwood Crossing apartment complex and a multitude of single-family home developments. Recent construction includes an IRS office, the SouthTrust Bank Operations Center, an extension of Lakeshore Parkway through Oxmoor to connect to Interstate 459, the headquarters of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders, UAB's OADI Technology Center for incubating high tech start-up businesses, and many new hotels and extended-stay lodging facilities. Retail has continued to expand into the area with more than 500,000 square feet of tenant space.