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 The Real Deal

Zaxby's in Gulf Shores;
Resort zoning sought in Orange Beach;
Post post office building;
German Automotive at 90/I-65;
Acme Oyster House to begin construction;
A Gulf Shores' GooRoo's Grill 

By Kathy Jumper
Mobile Bay Times
Zaxby’s, which specializes in chicken fingers, is under construction on Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores, on a lot in front of the Winn Dixie Shopping Center, according to Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty, who handled the land lease.
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Next door to Zaxby’s, the Merchant & Marine Bank is undergoing a major renovation. M&M Bank is based in Mississippi and bought the former Heritage First Bank building in 2011.
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The owners of six beachfront lots on Perdido Beach Boulevard southwest of Ala. 182 and 161 in Orange Beach, are seeking to have the property rezoned from multi-family residential to beach resort high density, according to city records. 

The beach resort zoning would allow for hotels, resort-related businesses as well as multi-family. 

The Gulf Coast Opportunity Fund LP owns those lots and two adjacent lots, which they paid more than $12 million for last year. The 10.5 acres has 1,005 front feet ln the Gulf and was part of the former Mandalay Beach condominium site.
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A local investor paid $45,000 for a 6,400-square-foot former post office building on Caroline Avenue in Midtown Mobile, according to Pratt Thomas of Merrill P. Thomas Company.
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German Automotive has leased 2,250 square feet at 3747 Government St., near Interstate 65 in Mobile, according to Angela McArthur of Prudential Cooper & Co. commercial division.
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Construction should begin soon on the 12,179-square-foot Acme Oyster House at 216 E. 24th St., in Gulf Shores. In order to meet zoning regulations for the proper number of parking spaces for the 408-seat establishment, the owners of the New Orleans-based eatery will pay the city $3,000 per parking space to use 120 spaces in the city’s public parking area at E. 24th St. The Acme site itself is not big enough to include both the restaurant and the requisite amount of parking. The $360,000 payment allows Acme to count 120 public parking spaces toward its allotment and conform with city zoning laws.   
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GooRoo's Grill plans to open in the former Bella Luna restaurant building at 1209 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores, city records showed.

(Editor's noteKathy Jumper's The Real Deal is a weekly feature in Mobile Bay Times. Her real estate column previously appeared for many years in the Press-Register. Please encourage others to subscribe so that it will continue to inform Mobile/Baldwin readers. Leads and tips welcomed. Her email address is
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