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1. Supporters Still Racing to Save Brewery -

At the conclusion of the Tennessee Brewery Untapped temporary activation project, supporters of the event were greeted June 1 with a message on the group’s Facebook page that both thanked participants and bid them farewell.

2. Tennessee Brewery Supporters Still Working to Save Building -

With an Aug. 1 demolition date looming, a group of Tennessee Brewery supporters is still working behind the scenes to save the historic structure from the wrecking ball.

Restaurateur Taylor Berger, a leader of the recent “Tennessee Brewery Untapped” temporary activation project that brought thousands of people to the brewery grounds over a six-week run, said his group has applied for a temporary use permit to launch a new version of an “Untapped”-style event at the brewery.

3. Brewery’s Fate Unchanged Despite Untapped’s Success -

Tennessee Brewery Untapped, the festival-like celebration that’s turned the long-vacant brewery structure Downtown into a packed community space, is now roughly halfway through its six-week run.

Approaching the end arguably hasn’t served to diminish the enthusiasm of the crowds that still converge on the brewery’s courtyard and connected spaces each week of Untapped.

4. Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.

5. Property Struggle -

Discussions are underway about the particulars of an imminent demolition contract for the Tennessee Brewery, and the owners of the castle-like structure Downtown could decide the property’s fate by sometime in February or March.

6. Lipscomb: Fairgrounds Retail to be ‘Market Driven’ -

Robert Lipscomb, director of the city of Memphis’ Division of Housing & Community Development, says the retail to be part of the city’s Fairgrounds overhaul will not be in competition with businesses in the nearby Cooper-Young Historic District or Overton Square.

7. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

8. Midtown Momentum -

The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.

“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”

9. Cooper-Young Growth -

When Bert Smythe decided to launch new restaurant concept Alchemy last summer in the Cooper-Young district, the 5,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by Grace and Au Fond Farmtable seemed about 25 percent larger than was needed.

10. Memphis Metro CCIM Announces Designees -

Memphis Metro Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) leaders recently pinned five new chapter designees after the participants passed a comprehensive exam.

The latest additions to CCIM are J. Max Hamidi with RE/MAX Elite, Cathy Anderson with Crye-Leike Commercial, James Rasberry with Rasberry CRE, Ed Thomas with Colliers International and Van Watkins with InSouth Bank.

11. Yosemite Sam’s Set to Close, Sell to Loeb -

Yosemite Sam’s, the longest-running existing business in Overton Square, will close Aug. 27, according to the owner, Faye Pannell.

12. Roth Forges Own Path with Alchemy in C-Y -

Ben Vaughn has some advice for Karen Roth:

13. New Eateries Coming to Midtown -

Midtown has a reputation for one of Memphis’ most eclectic areas, adorned with vintage houses, international cuisine and funky entertainment venues.

In the coming weeks, it will broaden its portfolio even more with three Memphis eateries: Gigi’s Cupcakes, The Slider Inn and a yet-to-be named concept in Cooper-Young.

14. Bike Lane Decision Expected by July 30 -

Four lanes or three lanes – the shared use of a lane in each direction of Madison Avenue by cars and bicycles or a separate lane for bicycles.

That is the general choice a group of architects and planners must now make for the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper streets.

15. Loeb Properties Exploring Overton Square Opportunities -

A new developer may be getting in on the act soon to redevelop Overton Square.

Loeb Properties is in the “exploratory stages” of considering some aspect of redevelopment at the square, confirmed broker James Rasberry.

16. Pie Factory Lofts Sell Out at Auction -

The developer of the Pie Factory Lofts, which occupy a block of Young Avenue between New York and Philadelphia streets in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, sold its remaining 18 condos at auction last weekend.

17. Developer Hopes Condos Go Like Hotcakes at Auction -

A condo development in a historic Midtown neighborhood where pies used to be made is now focusing on making lemonade out of lemons.

The Pie Factory Lofts, occupying a block of Young Avenue between New York and Philadelphia streets will auction off 18 available units Saturday at 11 a.m.

18. Lux to Reopen in New Cooper-Young Locale -

Lux owner Tadd Feazell is reopening his clothing store right after ending a going-out-of-business sale.

He swears the sale was not a marketing ploy. The store is coming back to life because he was offered a new location he couldn’t pass up, Feazell said.

19. Square Deal Undone -

A facelift has been in the works for about a year for a Midtown landmark that long ago succumbed to the real estate equivalent of jowls and wrinkled skin. But after months of planning, it now appears the proposed nips and tucks for Overton Square, a roughly 10-acre hodgepodge of shops, restaurants and a movie theater, won't be happening after all.

20. Overton Square Developers Ready for Next Step -

It’s crunch time for the future of Overton Square, the 10-acre Midtown landmark where a new retail development anchored by a big-box grocery store has been proposed.

The square’s owners have agreed to delay for 60 days their official request to begin knocking down several old buildings along Madison Avenue. That demolition would pave the way for a roughly 53,000-square-foot grocery store and several smaller retail buildings.

21. Decision Time Looms for Overton Square Grocery -

By the end of the year, the Kansas City, Kan.-based grocery wholesaler that’s pursuing a major redevelopment of Overton Square likely will have made a stronger signal of its intentions at the site or dropped out of the project altogether.

22. No Overton Square Plan for LUCB, Yet -

Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., which is pursuing a major redevelopment of Overton Square, still needs more time to finish its plans and likely won’t be submitting a development application for the project yet.

23. Memphis Heritage Questions Overton Square Development -

In response to news that has circulated over the past week about a major retail development in the works for Overton Square, Memphis Heritage Inc. has gone into what its executive director June West calls “research mode.”

24. Overton Square Announcement Not Imminent, Developer Says -

Developer James Rasberry, who handles leasing at Overton Square, said no announcements are imminent in the coming weeks – and for at least another month – regarding the unnamed large retailer rumored to be eyeing a piece of Overton Square.

25. Rasberry Lobbies To Build On 'Underground' Lot -

To longtime Memphians, the lot on the northeast corner of McLean Boulevard and Cowden Avenue is known as the "underground house" because of its architecture. That's even though the strikingly modern house surrounded by mounds and bushes and shrubs has been just a memory for two years and counting.

26. Rasberry CRE Retools Real Estate Vision -

Commercial real estate firm Lewis & Rasberry Realty has reconfigured and rebranded its business by morphing into a new entity called, simply, Rasberry CRE (Commercial Real Estate) for founding partner James Rasberry.

27. Would-Be Brewery Developers Hit Eject Yet Again -

The Tennessee Brewery is one of the most prominent "big empties" in Downtown Memphis, and it's going to stay that way for at least the near future.

Following another unsuccessful attempt by an anonymous group to buy and refurbish the long-vacant landmark, the broker who's been negotiating to sell the property said it's now going to be taken off the market indefinitely.

28. Real Estate Historian's Departure Signals Tightening Market -

Judith Johnson didn't take out a subprime mortgage or unwisely get locked into paying for more house than she could afford. She doesn't work for any of the large banks or lending institutions suffering amid the current housing slump.

29. Tennessee Brewery Deal Could be Close -

The acquisition of one of Downtown Memphis' most iconic structures, the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery, tentatively is scheduled to close on Oct. 15.

As The Daily News first reported in August, James Rasberry has been at the negotiating table for several weeks with a new group that wants to buy and refurbish the landmark, at 495 Tennessee St. Rasberry, who represents the owner of the brewery property, said the group already has put a significant amount of money into the deal.

30. After Several Fizzled Proposals, Tennessee Brewery Finds Another Suitor -

Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for the Tennessee Brewery.

Over the past three years, three separate development groups have tried to transform the brewery's fortress-like structure into hip living spaces, only to throw in the towel. Now, another potential buyer has emerged with an interest in redeveloping one of Downtown Memphis' most iconic structures.

31. As Latest Development Plans Collapse,Some Say Brewery Ultimately Faces Demolition -      For at least the third time in three years, a group of developers buoyed by the prospect of transforming the Tennessee Brewery from an aging urban castle into upscale living space has thrown in the towel.
  

32. New Uptown Townhouse ProjectTargets St. Jude Employees -

Developer James Rasberry wants to turn North Main into more than just a street.

Rasberry - who's created upscale condominiums in the Cooper-Young area, developed scores of Downtown
spaces, renovated, converted and built from the ground up many others - is part of a development team that's bringing new townhouses to a previously forlorn stretch of the Uptown neighborhood.

33. Foundation Tries To Help Inner-City Students Reach New Heights -

It's the winter of 2006 and Bill Sehnert, the director of a private foundation that supports East High School, is speaking to a science class at Memphis University School. MUS - regarded as one of the most academically challenging private schools in the state - has produced such notable alumni as early 20th century explorer Richard Halliburton and FedEx founder Fred Smith.

34. From Blight To Bright -

For years, the former Keathley Pie Factory building at 2271 Young Ave. in the heart of the Cooper-Young neighborhood sat vacant, attracting vagrants, rodents, the occasional drug dealer - anything but investors and developers. The property was so far-gone, in fact, that the developers who've been working to breathe new life into the site spent years trying to get through the red tape required to put their plans into action. And their work has paid off for the surrounding Midtown community.

35. CY Area to Embrace Condos by Summer -

After a long delay, Midtown's Cooper-Young area could be getting into the local condominium craze as early as this summer.

NY & Y Development Corp. is moving ahead with plans for a 35,000-square-foot, mixed-use condo development at 2771 Young Ave. that will run from New York Street to Philadelphia Street.

36. Overton Square Rises Again with New Developments -

Once the entertainment epicenter of Memphis, Overton Square is using several new developments to further its increasing upswing. The latest involves restaurateur Earl Farrell trying to inject some new energy into an old hotspot.

37. Cooper-Young Sees Continued Retail Growth -

One way State Farm insurance agent Steve Womack distinguishes himself from competitors is by offering his cell phone number to customers. He encourages them to call anytime, even if they have an emergency in the middle of the night.

38. Archived Article: Lead - By Andy Meek

Developers Plan Front Street Condos

10-unit project adds to hot Downtown building market

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

A development team is sketching plans for another addition to the bustling condo market Downtown, where the...

39. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Cherokee Center Property

Cherokee Center Property

Sells for $6.8 Million

Memphis Sharpe Investors LLC has purchased two parcels at 1720-1730 Cherokee Blvd. in Cherokee Commercial Center for $6.8 million, according to The Daily News Public R...

40. Archived Article: Trends - By Andy Meek

Developers Foresee Year of Urban Reinvestment

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

The waiting list for a new 200-lot development on Mud Island speaks for itself.

A sense of urgency. More than 400 people are vying for one of develope...

41. Archived Article: Lead - By Andy Meek

Parking Issues Plague Cooper-Young

New businesses, visitors face growing scarcity of spaces

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Cooper-Young has become synonymous with the artistic, trendy and culinary side of Memphis.

But it als...

42. Archived Article: Small Biz - By Andy Meek

Training Studio Focuses on Personal Service

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

It should come as no surprise that the number of visitors to gyms would go down when Christmas lights go up during the holidays, attention to physical fitn...

43. Archived Article: Lead - Townhouse Project Adds to Growing Downtown Area

Townhomes Add to Growing South End

Downtown community becomes hotspot for development

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

Construction has begun on a residential project that will bring 12 new to...

44. Archived Article: C-y (lead) - By Andy Meek

Cooper-Young Undergoes Growth Spurt

New shopping, dining options emerge in Midtown area

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Though this weekends Cooper-Young Festival is expected to bring more than 300 artists, craftsmen and other v...

45. Archived Article: Cooper-young (lead) - Tiger Bryant: owner of young avenue deli:

More Businesses Come to Cooper-Young

Revitalization spurs new interest in Midtown neighborhood

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

In some ways, Pam Fongs decision to uproot Jasmine, her Thai and vegetar...

46. Archived Article: Trends Focus - Infill projects demand complex balancing act

City Deals With Increase in Infill Development

ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Central Gardens Association president Alan Catmur vaguely remembers opposition to a plan to build about 20 new homes j...

47. Archived Article: Standout - Developer trumps home run projects with series of hits

Developer trumps home run projects with series of hits

By ANDREW BEL

The Daily News

James Rasberry zips down his driveway on picturesque Central Avenue, peddling for exercise but sho...

48. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Owners strive to recolor Midtowns faded fabric

Owners strive to recolor Midtowns faded fabric

By STACEY WIEDOWER

The Daily News

Well known throughout the city for its diversity and close-knit spirit of community, Midtown has welcomed thr...

49. Archived Article: Real Focus - Community, contractor unite on Keathley plan

Community, contractor unite on Keathley plan

By STACEY WIEDOWER

The Daily News

Though it means a historic Midtown structure soon will get a visit from a wrecking ball, nearby residents and bus...

50. Archived Article: Peabody (lead) - By JENNIFER MURLEY Retail buildings expand Midtown market By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News An outdated, deteriorating commercial strip at the intersection of Peabody Avenue and Cooper Street is undergoing a summer-long redevelopment bringing new re...