This month, there was some movement on the Brown-Marx Building at the corner at 1st Avenue North and 20th Street North.
Hughes Capital Partners bought the building in 2012 and opened an office in the adjoining annex. For years, black scaffolding surrounded the building. That scaffolding came down this month, prompting whispers: will new life come back into the building?
Well, not just yet.
"(Hughes is) just trying to clean up around the building and make it look better prior to the opening of the Elyton," Carter Hughes, principal with H2 Real Estate and Hughes Capital Partners, wrote in an email.
"We are just observing the market as we continue to explore our opportunities there," Hughes wrote.
The building is among the largest empty square footage in downtown Birmingham. It was built in 1906, originally financed by the Tennessee Coal Iron and Railroad Company. Several other coal and steel companies were early tenants in the building.
Both Brown-Marx and the Empire Building are part of the "Heaviest Corner on Earth." In the early 1900s, four of the South's tallest buildings were constructed at 20th Street and First Avenue in downtown Birmingham. A magazine proclaimed it "The Heaviest Corner on Earth."