According to John Vallas with Vallas Realty, Rangeline Crossing, a mixed-use commercial site in Tillman’s Corner, has been selected for the new 65,000-square-foot Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Facility, sitting on a 10.9-acre portion of the property. U.S. Federal Properties, the developer, is purchasing 12 acres in total and will break ground in 2017.

One goal for the new VA facility is to work with Southwest Alabama’s significant ex-military population of over 50,000 veterans.

“Since being elected to Congress, I have repeatedly called on the VA to move forward with this project,” U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Republican, said in a press release last week. “It is a shame the process took as long as it did, but the new facility will be able to better serve those who have given so much to our country. I will continue to provide diligent oversight throughout the construction process to ensure the project remains on schedule.”

The VA currently leases around 45,000 square feet of space on two floors at the University of South Alabama, costing the agency around $58,000 per month. That rent is set to increase incrementally, topping out at $222,000 per month by January 2017, according to a source with USA. The VA had originally planned to vacate the space before the rent was increased, but is now attempting to negotiate a new lease while the new facility is being built.

“There are thousands of veterans living in Mobile who have served their country, and they deserve a world-class facility that serves them,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “To the veterans living in Mobile, my hope is that this new facility will give you the quality care you need and deserve.”

Mitchell Cancer Institute opening Fairhope clinic
The USA Mitchell Cancer Institute clinic currently under construction in Fairhope has been named for attorney and philanthropist Vincent F. Kilborn III.

Members of the USA Board of Trustees approved a resolution in early December to name the new 11,000-square-foot Eastern Shore cancer treatment center the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic. Kilborn established the Vincent F. Kilborn III Endowment at MCI earlier this year, committing $1.5 million to support the new facility on Fairhope Avenue. The site is expected to open in summer 2017, according to a news release.

“The generosity of the Kilborn family is heartwarming and we are very excited about our partnership,” Michael A. Finan, M.D., director of MCI, said. “This generous commitment will provide funding for an endowment, which will support our cancer services in Baldwin County for many years to come.”

Kilborn, whose father died of pancreatic cancer in 1971, said he has felt a personal calling to combat the disease. In 2006, he created a research scholarship fund at USA to train top physicians and researchers at MCI. Kilborn encouraged others to join the battle against cancer.

“Cancer has affected my family like it has so many others. The community has provided me with the opportunity to give back to those who need and deserve the best cancer treatment that medical science has to offer. The establishment of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic will be a great stride in that effort.” Kilborn said.

Commercial real estate moves
Vallas Realty recently facilitated closure of the sale of 1.8 acres in the Rangeline Crossing development, currently pending, purchased by the owners of Foosackly’s. The locally owned eatery plans to develop a freestanding restaurant along with a separate 6,000-square-foot retail project.

“We are also negotiating on 10 acres with a retail developer for a new shopping center and on another 1.5 acres for a national quick-service restaurant. This will have a major impact in that area,” Vallas said. “We have already sold three acres in the northwest corner where Fleet Trucking will be located. This would leave about eight acres between the shopping center and the VA facility. There is also about 20 acres suitable for apartments and hotels.”

According to Vallas, the owner of the land is in the process of installing new roads throughout the site. For more information about the West Mobile development, visit Vallas Realty’s website.

Shades Inc., a regional sunglass and apparel store, has opened two new locations in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. The retailer leased a 6,000-square-foot retail space inside the former Shoe Station outlet at the Eastern Shore Shopping Center in Spanish Fort. In Mobile it opened a 5,799-square-foot store in The Shoppes at Bel Air.

Direct Furniture Outlet recently signed a lease for a 15,253-square-foot space at Spanish Fort Town Center in the former Books-A-Million space, according to Buff Teague with JLL, who represented the tenant. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties worked for the landlord.

Sprint wireless has leased 1,404 square feet of retail space in Gateway Center, 900 Industrial Park in Saraland. John Vallas of Vallas Realty represented the landlord and David Dexter of NAI Mobile worked for the tenant. 

Flowers by the Shore recently leased 2,852 square feet of retail space at The Wharf, 4851 Wharf Parkway, Space D-128, in Orange Beach. The floral company is relocating from its current location in Gulf Shores and plans to open in January. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties represented the property owner. Ken Montgomery with Charter Landing Real Estate worked for the tenant.

Beach Jerky leased a 2,065-square-foot space at the Gulf View Shopping Center in Orange Beach. The artisanal jerky retailer will feature deer, shark, tuna and other assorted jerky products. Plans are in place for the retailer to open in early 2017. Amber Dedeaux with Vallas Realty Inc. handled the transaction.

Fresh Health Café has leased 1,700 square feet of restaurant space at 10184 Eastern Shore Blvd., Suite C, in Spanish Fort. Christy Chason and Buff Teague with JLL worked for the tenant. Barnes with Stirling Properties Broker represented the property owner. The restaurant plans to open next May.

Nature Conservancy recently leased 330 square feet of office space at 118 N. Royal St. in Mobile. Steve McMahon with Inge & Associates Inc. handled the transaction.

Moxie fitness studio and Cabinet King have opened at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Barnes with Stirling Properties represented the property owner in both transactions.