The Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union No. 1192 has acquired property for a new location.

The local union chapter paid $800,000 for the property at 624 28th St. N. on March 4, according to property records.

Currently located at 203 Oporto Madrid Blvd. N., the union decided to buy the property to accommodate growth with a larger union hall and more office space.

“We’ve gone from 625 members to 834,” said Clint Smith, business agent in the union’s Birmingham office. “For union meetings, it’s made more sense to get a bigger building instead of trying to pad onto the one we’ve got. And it’s in a good location for us to get some exposure off of 280 and 20/59.”

Smith said the chapter plans to rearrange the large office space in the middle of the building to create more room for its meetings. Built in 2008, the 6,080-square-foot building comes with about 70 to 80 parking spaces.

“It’s got a lot of room for us to grow in,” Smith said.

Michele Jennings of Keller Williams represented the union, and Sonny Culp of Graham & Co. represented the seller.

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