Old stove factory to be reborn as Huntsville’s next big entertainment and dining development

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Another large and historic building on Huntsville’s west side is being renovated into a hub for dining, entertainment and work, developers said today. This time, it’s the Martin Stove building at 3414 Governors Drive, and the project is called Stovehouse.

The complex will include the city’s first permanent “urban food garden,” wine and coffee bars and “chef-driven restaurant concepts,” according to Stove House Properties. The company is partnering with Crunkleton Real Estate Group in the redevelopment.

The venue will be able to host audiences of 100 for intimate shows and up to 2,500 for large events, developers say. It will join nearby Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment, a former shoe factory, and Campus 805, anchored by an old high school, as entertainment magnets for the area between Jordan Lane and Memorial Parkway now being referred to as Westside.

The large manufacturing complex dates to 1929 and was home to both Rome and Martin stove companies. Owners Danny and Patti Yancey say their “adaptive reuse approach” will preserve the building’s original character and revive a Huntsville landmark.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the rich culture of Westside,” Danny Yancey said. “We’re intentionally building Stovehouse to be a destination that nourishes community. At any given time, we’ll have folks relaxing at the rooftop wine bar, eating together in the garden and restaurants, gathering around live music, celebrating life’s big events and playing games on the lawn.

“They can even choose to work in what we think will be the coolest office space in Huntsville,” Yancey said.

Wesley Crunkleton of Crunkleton Real Estate Group said the development’s closeness to downtown, I-565 and Redstone Arsenal will make it an “ideal hub for businesses, first-to-Alabama restaurant concepts, new entertainment and events.”

Crunkleton said the project is already under way and the first confirmed tenant will be announced within 30 days.