Birmingham’s newest, upscale apartment development boasts luxurious amenities and on-site trendy dining and retail options within walking distance of UAB and downtown’s medical and central business districts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 3/7/2018 – The Waites Apartments, Birmingham’s newest residential and mixed-use development, located at the corner of Seventh Avenue South and 21 st Street South, is pleased to announce its newest retail tenant, Club Pilates. This will be Birmingham’s third Club Pilates location and the first in downtown Birmingham. The Los Angeles-based fitness brand is the largest and fastest selling Pilates franchise in the United States with more than 450 locations in 27 states.

“Our goal is to make Pilates affordable and accessible to everyone,” says Birmingham franchise owner Lindsay Booker. “We can’t wait to bring the Club Pilates technique to the downtown Birmingham community.”

All locations are equipped with top of the line Pilates reformers, EXO chairs, Springboards, TRX and Barre to provide a wide variety of classes. True to its mission, "Do Pilates. Do Life.," Club Pilates strives to bring the benefits of Pilates to anyone seeking a fuller, healthier and more satisfying life. Whether it's a beginner Pilates Reformer class, advanced TRX Fusion or anything in between, Club Pilates offers more than 40 classes a week, seven days a week for all ages at any fitness level. Additionally, members with the unlimited class package have access to all studios nationwide.

The newest location is currently seeking comprehensively certified Pilates instructors. To apply, please contact Kristy McKinney at 205-777- 7976. The location will also offer a 500-hour Pilates certification program starting in August. More information about memberships and classes can be found at

Named after the former Waites Bakery, The Waites features more than 16,000 square feet of ground floor retail space with other onsite tenants including Taco Mama, Farm Burger, Smoothie King and Roll Up, a sushi concept. Retail tenants will start to open mid-summer 2017. Parking for retail tenants will be in the rear of the property.

“The Waites will feature top-notch dining establishments, and now a fitness establishment,” says Rodney Barstein, chief development officer for Retail Specialists. “We’re aiming to provide a variety of retail options to the downtown and UAB communities – with the success of Club Pilates in Birmingham and other markets, we knew it would be a popular addition to The Waites retail lineup.”

The Waites is now pre-leasing its luxury apartments situated just steps away from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and central business district of downtown Birmingham. With the first residents scheduled to move in sometime in mid-June 2017, floor plans include one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 712 to 1,120 square feet, all equipped with upscale amenities and airy, open- concept living spaces. The development’s model unit opened for tours starting Wednesday, March 15.

Luxury apartment amenities include:

  • Keyless entry systems
  • Full-sized washer and dryer in every unit
  • Private balconies with bike racks and city views
  • Natural, wood-style flooring
  • Chef-inspired kitchens with burner gas ranges or induction ranges
  • Oversized, gourmet kitchen islands with granite countertops
  • Stainless-steel, energy-efficient appliances
  • 10-foot ceilings
  • Custom wood cabinetry with built-in wine rack
  • Walk-in closets
  • Smart thermostats
  • USB charging outlets
  • Wall-mounted, 55-inch TVs in living space
  • Walk-in showers with rainfall and handheld shower heads
  • Zyp Bikeshare Station less than one block away

The Waites development is just steps away from UAB and the central business district of downtown Birmingham, making it perfect for members of the medical community who want a five minute walk to work or school. The development provides several community amenities, including: elevator access to floors, pet-friendly residences, 24-hour parcel concierge system, 24-hour fitness center, study/conference room and multi-level private parking. Monthly rental rates range from $1,375 to $1,800 and include pest control, trash, water/sewer and natural gas services. Cable and internet are also included in the rental rate until Jan. 1, 2018.

To pay homage to the history of the site, development company Retail Specialists and Williams Blackstock Architects incorporated pieces of limestone from the former building to be included in the façade. Cooper Construction began demolition of the former site April 2016, with construction of the new building starting June 2016.

For more information about The Waites Apartments or to inquire about pre-leasing, please visit or call 205-533- 3072. Those interested in leasing retail space should contact Bill Clements at or Brooks Corr at by calling 205-313- 3676. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Beck at 205-503- 5927 or

About The Waites Apartments

Located in the heart of Birmingham, The Waites promises upscale apartment living and trendy dining all within a 5-minute walk of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and UAB Hospital. Named after the former Waites Bakery, The Waites features 45 upscale one and two-bedroom apartments with luxurious amenities and airy, open living spaces. The Waites is developed and managed by Retail Specialists.For more information on The Waites Apartments, please visit or call 205-533- 3072.