$70 million Westin project on schedule as Birmingham launches YouthBuild inititiative

$70 million Westin project on schedule as Birmingham launches YouthBuild inititiative

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Birmingham Mayor William Bell toured the $70 million Westin Hoteland entertainment district construction site where he said the project is on time and on budget for an early 2013 completion.

Bell was also joined on the tour by Birmingham Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon and the two men used the occasion to announce YouthBuild, an initiative to involve high school students with a hands-on introduction to construction and design.

The program is aimed at educating at-risk and low-income Birmingham youth in the construction trades with the city and its partners coming up with a 25 percent, $250,000 match for a $1 million federal work force development grant.

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