BBVA Compass Bank to Move into Restored Van Antwerp Building

BBVA Compass Bank to Move into Restored Van Antwerp Building

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Good news for Downtown Mobile’s original skyscraper. The 105-year-old Van Antwerp Building, currently under restoration, has landed a main tenant.

BBVA-Compass Bank will move its Mobile regional headquarters from its location on Bel Air Blvd. to the first three floors of the 10-story Van Antwerp Building.

In the very heart of downtown, at the corner of Dauphin and Royal Streets, the Van Antwerp Building has crumbled over the decades, while others have revived and risen around it.

Finally last fall, R-S-A bought the building and began a complete renovation.

The building’s restoration and success is a key component to Downtown Mobile’s evolution.

“It’s been far too vacant for far too long,” said Carol Hunter of the Downtown Mobile Alliance. “And having another one of our strong financial institutions downtown is really ideal. Downtown Mobile is the financial center of this region.”

Jennifer Mitchell is the project manager for Doster Construction. She says it’s exciting to already have an anchor tenant while going through the construction process.

“It is exciting,” said Mitchell. “There’s already so much interest in the building and we can go ahead and start the build out early.”

BBVA Compass hopes to be in the building by the end of next summer. But there’s a lot of work to be done.

“We’ve had to bring everything up to code,” said Mitchell. “We have to replicate all those windows you see with energy efficient windows that replicate what is there now. We are currently in the process of demolishing the interior from the second floor up.”

It’s almost a total rebuild for the once grand dame of downtown, now with a main tenant, and ready to retake her place at the center of action.

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