HUNTSVILLE — It’s more than breaking the glass ceiling as a former glassmaking business in downtown Huntsville is being demolished for the construction of an office building.
Actually, Breland Companies began work Tuesday to take down the former K&M Glass buildings on Seminole Drive in downtown Huntsville.
The property will soon be the site of a four-story office building and a companion to the eight-story Lanier Ford building on Clinton Avenue. Breland Cos. owns and leases the eight-story Lanier Ford building to several tenants including the Lanier Ford law firm and First National Bank.
“This site is right in the middle of the growth of downtown Huntsville,” said Breland Companies CEO Louis Breland. “Over the last few years, we have seen development boom along the entire Clinton Avenue corridor between the Courthouse Square and Campus 805 making this a premier site for businesses to locate.
“We are proud to partner with the City of Huntsville in this next phase of downtown’s growth.”
The demolition of the 12,000 square foot, 1960s era building is being performed by Britt Demolition and Recycling and is expected to take one month, Breland Cos. said in a news release. The building is designed by Hay Buchanan Architects.
After the site is cleared, the 60,000 square-foot building will include office and commercial space featuring a coffee and sandwich shop. Construction will begin immediately and leasing is underway.
The new campus will total more than 160,000 feet of space and feature 340 surface parking places, making it the largest and most convenient office option in downtown Huntsville.