New Homewood gets go-ahead in Birmingham, Ala.

A seven-story, $15-million Homewood Suites in Five Points South, a neighborhood of Birmingham, Ala., is on track to start construction in March. reports the plan was approved by the Birmingham Design Review Committee.

The panel approved the materials and design for the hotel, which will be built on the site of the former Five Points South Music Hall at 1016 20th St. South. Atlanta’s Richard Rauh & Associates is the architect. AUM Enterprises, which develops and manages hotels throughout the Birmingham metro area, will develop and manage the new hotel.

The project will use the existing art deco façade’s stonework and architectural elements of the building as its base, enhanced with some new brickwork and other elements. An entrance to a porte-cochere off 20th Street will be added, with the exit into the alley on the side of the building.

The hotel tower will use an exterior insulation finishing system, or EIFS, in three different shades of a neutral color with some gold accents. The aim is to give it a limestone appearance.

The building being converted was once a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, but was converted into Five Points Music Hall in 1994. The Homewood Suites project has been in the planning stages since 2012.