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1. Memphis Multifamily Sector on Firm Ground -

It was 2008 and Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg had just acquired a swath of property inside Boyle Investment Co.’s master planned Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new multifamily development.

2. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

3. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

4. Building Community -

Over a recent weekend, around 30 members of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church descended on a home in the Northwood Hills community just north of Raleigh.

They came armed with determination and demolition tools, spending most of the weekend ripping out old appliances, tearing away wallpaper that had seen better days and preparing the dog-eared house for a rehabilitation project that will make it a home.

5. French Fort Plan Calls for $150 Million Development -

What would begin as 67 apartments in the former U.S. Marine Hospital and nurses’ quarters on the northern edge of the French Fort neighborhood would grow in phases to a $150 million development south of E.H. Crump Boulevard, according to a plan unveiled over the weekend.

6. Medical Makeover -

After suffering from years of benign neglect, a new, more invigorated Memphis Medical Center is finally beginning to take shape.

A drive or walk around the area these days shows the hallmarks of a changing landscape – bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and construction crews working feverishly to forge the new urban environment.

7. Building Community -

The Carrington at Schilling Farms looks like an apartment community you might find in Downtown Memphis or a town square, but the development – Boyle Investment Co.’s first apartment project in more than 30 years – is in the heart of Collierville.

8. Lessons for Memphis Abound in Atlanta’s Beltline -

The Atlanta Beltline is an infrastructure framework around the urban core of Atlanta – a 22-mile loop of mostly abandoned railroads that is being transformed into a transit greenway.

It is a linear park with streetcars, bicycle paths and pedestrian trails that will connect more than 40 diverse neighborhoods, as well as city schools, historic sites and cultural locales.

9. Heritage Trail Likely to Continue Despite Rejection -

The plan to demolish the last large public housing development in Memphis and use the demolition as a catalyst for a larger redevelopment of the surrounding area did not make the final cut with federal housing officials in Washington.

10. Walker Avenue Remake -

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

11. CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities -

Community development corporations are designed to help create more housing in areas where investors and banks might not normally invest without incentives.

But the CDCs, as they are known, are increasingly in the business of adding business development to the housing in a combination of community building.

12. Heritage Trail Financing Plans Change -

The city of Memphis is making changes in its plans to finance two housing developments that are part of the broader Heritage Trail plan for redevelopment of the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

13. Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods -

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

Before a packed house, the Germantown Planning Commission voted to approve a revamped plan for a new Whole Foods store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road, on the eastern edge of Germantown’s Central Business District.

14. Council Opens Unfunded Liability Plan Talks With Questions -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

15. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

16. Traffic Concerns Delay Germantown Whole Foods -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown is going back to the drawing board after some neighbors expressed concerns about the project, particularly over traffic.

The development team withdrew its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month. After that, the development team would need approval from Germantown’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

17. Flipping the Switch -

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., had become increasingly interested over the years in energy efficiency, sustainability and alternate energy sources when he saw homes in New Orleans being rebuilt with solar panels.

18. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

19. US Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination in Memphis -

A fair housing organization is accusing a second major bank of discriminating against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis for the way it handled bank-owned properties.

The National Fair Housing Alliance on Tuesday, Oct. 15, amended a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleging U.S. Bank failed to maintain and market properties in minority neighborhoods, while paying special care to its homes in predominantly white neighborhoods. The national nonprofit housing alliance said its investigation found that the bank’s properties in predominantly minority neighborhoods were much more likely to have structural and aesthetic problems than its homes in white neighborhoods.

20. MEMFix Goes South -

Of the neighborhoods in which the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has been working to build retail and commercial trade, none has the amount of history, turmoil, potential and perception problems found in the two blocks east and west of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

21. City Explores Crucial Crosstown Funding -

City officials are exploring multiple options for financing $15 million in infrastructure improvements at the Sears Crosstown site, key funding that could make or break the ambitious $175 million project.

22. Complaint Alleges Bank of America Discrimination -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

23. Complaint: Bank of America Discriminated in Memphis -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

24. Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City -

The Shops of Saddle Creek is in store for a multimillion-dollar makeover and expansion, a project that will likely be the first of several development dominoes to fall in Germantown.

Texas-based Trademark Property Co., which has operated the retail center since 2011, will expand the portion of the 148,000-square-foot lifestyle center on the southwest side of Poplar Avenue and West Street in Germantown.

25. Neighborhood Vitality -

The history at the Four-Way Restaurant is as rich and soulful as the food.

The walls of the South Memphis institution are decorated with photographs of politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders and civil rights icons – including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who made the famous restaurant at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue a “home away from home.”

26. Likely Labor Rules Would Aid Veterans, Disabled, Unions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months – a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering.

27. Green Shoots -

The busiest time of the year along the Shelby Farms Greenline is also the busiest time of the year for Cheffie’s, an example of a business that is a direct beneficiary of being near the Tillman Street end of the greenline that extends east to Shelby Farms Park.

28. Historic Transformation -

Around nine years ago Scott Blake was walking to St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral when he noticed a window in the tower at the historic James Lee House in Victorian Village had been blown out, exposing it to the elements.

29. Downtown Offices Gain Attention -

The Downtown Memphis Commission focuses on living, working and playing Downtown.

Downtown has experienced tremendous success in the living and playing areas over the years, but the “work” part of the equation still needed a boost. So Downtown officials have launched several efforts to bring more workers to the area and promote and capitalize on existing commercial real estate successes.

30. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

31. Social Suds Brings Services to Soulsville -

With a bubble machine on the roof, the new South Memphis Alliance laundromat and resource center opened Wednesday, April 3, at 1044 S. Bellevue Blvd.

32. Crosstown Leaders Discuss Ambitious Project -

Leaders of the Crosstown Development Project talked this month with The Memphis News editorial board about their plans for the adaptive reuse of the 1.5 million-square-foot, circa-1927 Sears Crosstown building.

33. Aerotropolis Pitch to Council Receives Mixed Reaction -

After years of very general talk about the aerotropolis concept, Memphis City Council members are ready for leaders of the effort to bring it in for a landing in specific terms that work with plans in smaller areas of the district around Memphis International Airport.

34. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

35. Riley Takes Reins Of Women Attorneys Group -

Fran Riley was named president of the Association for Women Attorneys at the organization’s 33rd annual banquet and silent auction last month.

Riley is a law clerk to the five judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

36. Tax Zone Would Benefit Fairgrounds -

The Tourism Development Zone that Memphis officials will seek in Nashville over the next three months would generate tax revenue from Cooper-Young, the Midtown Union Avenue corridor and Overton Square for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

37. Reardon Cautions Downtowners About Heritage Trail -

The University of Memphis professor spearheading the opposition of demolishing the city’s last remaining public housing project in the Vance Avenue neighborhood says that while the Heritage Trail Community Redevelopment Plan appears to be on “indefinite hold,” it is not dead, and Downtowners should beware.

38. Renewed Focus -

Reginald Milton calls it the “dirty little secret” of nonprofits whose mission is to provide social services.

39. Reardon Speaks Out Against City’s Approach to Housing -

The University of Memphis professor leading the resistance to a still-forming plan to demolish the city’s last large public housing project says the city’s approach to transforming public housing since the late 1990s hasn’t worked.

40. Heritage Trail Plan Raises Concerns -

While the focus of the Heritage Trail Community Redevelopment Plan is on public housing projects Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing and Foote Homes, the 20-year plan has far reaching implications for Downtown stakeholders, especially real estate developers.

41. Expert: Investors Confound Housing -

The role of investor-driven neighborhoods in Memphis is growing, and the impact on different kinds of neighborhoods is largely unstudied and unknown.

For instance, what does it mean that going into 2012, 54 percent of residential property sales were accounted for by investor purchases from the Real Estate Owned (REO) inventory of foreclosing lenders?

42. Rekindling Crosstown -

Video artist Chris Miner says one way to explain the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building is likening it to the process of creating art.

“You get into it with a general idea of what you want to do, but then you kind of let it take you wherever you are going to go or wherever the piece wants to go,” he said.

43. Rise of House Flipping Focus Of Seminar -

The impact of the foreclosure crisis on Shelby County home values is intricate and far-reaching.

Recent estimates by real estate information company Chandler Reports suggest that nearly a quarter of Memphis’ total housing stock are non-owner occupied.

44. Soul Map -

The Soulsville arrows beneath the Bellevue Boulevard railroad overpasses near Walker Avenue point north and south. It is the first indication that you are in an area where several possibilities can coexist.

45. Events Showcase Soulsville’s ‘Blank Canvas’ -

A group of organizations working to bring to life the Soulsville community ended a busy weekend that is an indication of the area’s promise at about where the produce section was supposed to be in the Soulsville Towne Center supermarket.

46. Crosstown Stakeholder Pleased With Development’s Direction -

Todd Richardson gave some schemes – albeit changing ones – of the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building in Midtown Friday, Oct. 5, at Universal Commercial Real Estate’s Regional Minority Business Entrepreneur Power Breakfast.

47. Council to Vote on Cleaborn Homes -

With a vote Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Memphis City Council will change the name of the old Cleaborn Homes public housing development to Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing and the name of the larger south Downtown-into-South Memphis Triangle Noir plan to Heritage Trails.

48. LRK Designs Honored With Industry Excellence Awards -

Two of Memphis-based LRK Inc.’s designs have received national acclaim from the Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards, which honor the multifamily industry’s most noteworthy people, companies and properties.

49. Midtown Utopia -

Of Memphis’ tales of humble beginnings, of which there are many, the fluctuating renaissance of the Cooper-Young neighborhood is certainly compelling throughout.

The area has cycled from its 19th century roots to 1970s crime and neglect to its present-day status as one of the largest historic districts in the Southeast, a magnet of all ages and walks of life. All thanks to individuals and organizations that wouldn’t settle for sub-par quality in their tiny town within the bustling Bluff City.

50. Return on Investment -

Most people already know some of the basic elements of the banking business. From the large national lenders with a Memphis presence to the community banks in the suburbs, one common element is they make money by charging borrowers more than the bank pays in interest to depositors.

51. Difference of Opinion -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and a group of neighborhood leaders in the Vance Avenue area agree on highlighting the significant history of the area south of FedExForum.

Some kind of trail linking up more than a dozen sights is a feature both groups are planning for the area.

52. Vance Collaborative to Unveil Plan -

When the Vance Avenue Collaborative unveils its five-year, six-project plan Thursday, Sept. 13, for revitalizing the area south of FedExForum there will be some differences from what Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has been thinking.

53. Nonprofit Center Could be New South Memphis Gateway -

The giant milk bottle will outlive the old dairy plant it stands atop in South Memphis. For more than 80 years, the giant milk bottle adorning a now old and crumbling dairy building on Bellevue Boulevard at Walker Avenue has been an icon.

54. Wharton Hosts Fundraiser Amidst Development Blitz -

Less than a year after winning election to a full four year term as Memphis Mayor, A C Wharton Jr. held a campaign fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

The $1,000-a-person event invitation included a letter that said the money could be used for a re-election campaign and/or for donation by Wharton to candidates in other races as well as to donate to organizations.

55. Planning Continues for Broad, Binghampton -

As after-school traffic made its way north and south on Tillman Street last week, a crossing guard whistled children across one of the narrow streets by Lester Community Center.

The traffic was mostly cars, but the occasional bicycle from the nearby western terminus of the Shelby Farms Greenline whizzed by as well.

56. New Day Coming for Sears Crosstown Urban Village -

The historic Sears Crosstown building in Midtown Memphis is being redeveloped as a mixed-used vertical urban village, with nine “founding partners” in local health care, education and arts organizations that have signed on to occupy 600,000 square feet of the total 1.4 million square feet of space.

57. Lee House Development Could Propel District -

In the 19th century, Victorian Village was home to Memphis’ elite.

Nowadays, the 10-square-block area in Downtown Memphis has one of the highest concentrations of historic structures in the city, with 24 properties on the National Register of Historic Places within four blocks.

58. Hunt-Phelan Listed With Colliers for $2.9M -

Downtown’s Hunt-Phelan house – a historic mansion at 533 Beale St. that hosted guests including Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson – has been listed on the market for $2.865 million with the Memphis office of Colliers International.

59. Economic Dev. Conference Slated for Saturday -

The Home for the Holidays Summer Conference 2012 is slated for Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Union Avenue Campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College in the Verties Sails Gymnasium (Building E).

60. Herenton Home Listed as Short Sale -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton’s home in Banneker Estates is on the market as a short sale.

The single-family home on Horn Lake Road has been on the market for more than 160 days. The house in the McKellar-Whitehaven-Levi PD neighborhood is listed for $369,900 with B.J. Worthy with RE/MAX on Track.

61. SRVS Awarded Grant for Housing Projects -

Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Housing Trust Fund Program has awarded a $690,000 grant to Memphis-based SRVS, West Tennessee’s most comprehensive service provider for people with disabilities, to construct and/or renovate six homes for low-income people with disabilities.

62. Saving the Haven -

With lush vegetation and a smattering of homes on large lots, Northaven is reminiscent of neighboring Shelby Forest.

But the community that sits north of Memphis and south of Millington also contains plenty of homes on smaller lots with the traditional layout of a 1970s-era suburban neighborhood. Northaven isn’t Shelby Forest. It isn’t Memphis, either. The unincorporated Shelby County neighborhood is where rural and suburban meet – and the combination hasn’t aged well.

63. CCRFC to Consider Chisca PILOT -

A group of local investors spearheading the restoration of the Chisca Hotel will go before the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, June 12, seeking a pair of incentives as part of the $19.6 million project.

64. Loeb Makes Progress on Square Plan -

The blue banner that hung until recently at the curved building at Cooper Street and Madison Avenue and read “Returning in 2012” will soon ring true for Overton Square and its developer, Loeb Properties Inc.

65. Homes Part of North Memphis Revitalization -

Usually Self + Tucker Architects do the design work and planning for someone else who is the developer.

But in an open lot on the north side of Chelsea Avenue at Leath Street, seven single- family homes to come in the next year will be the architecture firm’s first steps into developing.

66. Foreclosures Up 30 Pct. in Q1 -

The timing and backdrop seem fitting. During the first quarter of 2012, the same three-month period in which the state of Tennessee announced its participation in a $25 billion settlement with some of the biggest lenders over foreclosure abuses, the number of foreclosures in Shelby County swelled by almost 30 percent.

67. FedEx Grants $50K to Community LIFT -

FedEx Corp. has awarded $50,000 in grant funds to support Community LIFT’s efforts to improve Memphis neighborhoods.

68. 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.

69. 100 Years of Higher Learning -

You can find the origins of the University of Memphis in the 19th century – the 19th Century Club, that is.

It’s because the idea for the institution took root more than 100 years ago among a group of women who were members of the service and philanthropy group that still exists today.

70. GrowMemphis to Award Garden Project Grants -

Nonprofit GrowMemphis has teamed up with Memphis Housing and Community Development to grant $5,000 to new community garden projects in 2012. Applications for the grants will be accepted through Jan. 31. New garden projects can apply for as much as $1,500 in equipment and supplies and as much as $1,500 for site improvements.

71. Harbor Town Apts. Sell For $31.5M -

Dallas-based Behringer Harvard has acquired the Arbors Harbor Town Apartments – a 345-unit multifamily community in Harbor Town on Mud Island – for $31.5 million, or $91,304 per unit.

72. ServiceMaster, Other Cos. Support Habitat Mission -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has a busy couple of weeks ahead as it closes its books on the fall building season.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, marked the dedication of The ServiceMaster Co. home at 3477 E. Oak Side Drive in Trinity Park, the first all-green neighborhood being developed by Memphis Habitat. The will be the Memphis-based home and commercial services company’s fifth sponsorship home with the nonprofit.

73. Memphis Habitat Receives $20K From THA -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis recently received $20,000 from Tennessee Housing Development Agency and Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee’s Coming Back Home Grant.

The grant will be used for home construction this fall in Trinity Park, Memphis Habitat’s neighborhood of 38 eco-friendly homes. The affiliate also received a $20,000 Coming Back Home Grant in March.

74. Good Old Brand-New -

NEW URBANISM MAKES GOOD, OLD COMMON SENSE. As Chooch Pickard, executive director of the Memphis Regional Design Center, rolled through his PowerPoint, I was struck by a powerful, hopeful, sense of déjà vu.

75. Erica Gorman Named Habitat’s Volunteer Manager -

Erica Gorman, former volunteer and events coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, was recently promoted to volunteer manager.

76. Living on the Edge -

In 2008, something was brewing in the area near Cleveland and Watkins streets south of Poplar Avenue in Midtown.

A developer, Tom Marsh, working with Florida-based WSG Development, had unveiled plans for a mixed-use development to include small and large retail, including a Target store, condominiums, apartments and medical offices, along with all-around improvements to the neighborhood known as Crosstown.

77. Clayborn-Ball Temple Plays Role In Area’s Future -

A historic Downtown church is for sale after decades of attempts by the AME church leadership to bring it back.

What happens to Clayborn Ball Temple could be a bellwether for redevelopment efforts for the area just south of FedExForum. It’s an area developers and planners refer to as SoFo.

78. Coming Back -

If you were a beautician in Frayser in the 1960s, you probably trained for your job at the Jett School of Beauty either at the Northgate Shopping Center or a strip shopping center on North Watkins Street in the Georgian Hills section of Frayser.

79. Renewed Vision -

Victorian Village Inc. executive director Scott Blake has spent the past five years diligently working to revitalize the neighborhood he calls home, and a slew of recent projects indicate Victorian Village could be on the cusp of a renaissance.

80. Planners Discuss Future of Uptown West -

Butterflies to jobs to fountains. Those were among the one-word suggestions for the Uptown West area Thursday, June 30, at the first of three public hearings held by a steering committee to guide future development of the area.

81. Murry-Drobot Joins Family Safety Center -

Olliette Murry-Drobot has joined the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County as executive director.

Hometown: West Memphis

Work Experience: Fourteen years in not-for-profit management, neighborhood revitalization, organizational development and social services delivery. Recently, I served as the executive director for the Southeast Memphis Community Development Corp. and as a lead consultant on community outreach efforts for The Center for Criminology and Research at the University of Memphis.

82. United Housing, SRVS Open Oakwood Home -

United Housing and Shelby Residential and Vocational Services will celebrate the completion and occupancy of a new home for people with disabilities with a ribbon-cutting June 29 at 2 p.m.

The home, at 1586 Oakwood Drive, was built by a partnership between the two organizations, with funding provided by the Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the TARP stimulus package. SRVS received $1 million to renovate a total of seven single-family homes.

83. A New Home -

On a humid late May afternoon that signaled the imminent arrival of a sweltering Memphis summer, Burundi native Sedekia Imanairakiza seemed to be in his element, skillfully nurturing the soil and sowing the seeds that will yield fruitful summer crops at Urban Farms, a community garden in the heart of the city.

84. University Place Becomes TN’s 1st LEED Neighborhood -

University Place – a multifamily community designed by Memphis-based Architecture Inc. and developed by St. Louis, Mo.-based McCormack Baron Salazar – has achieved its certification in the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development pilot program.

85. Blank Palette -

When best-selling author Richard Florida visited Memphis recently, he spelled out to a room full of artists the formula for building a city’s creative class – attract, retain and engage talent.

86. Bill Would Alter Foreclosure Notices -

The judiciary committees in the House and Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly are scheduled to vote on companion bills Tuesday that would give homeowners less advance warning before their homes are foreclosed.

87. Tenn. Bill Would Reduce Foreclosure Notices -

The judiciary committees in the House and Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly are scheduled to vote on companion bills Tuesday that would give homeowners less advance warning before their homes are foreclosed.

88. ‘Melrose Place’ Apartments Moving in to Orange Mound -

What to call a refurbished apartment complex in Orange Mound near Melrose High School that aims to draw college students as tenants. Melrose Place, of course.

The 80-unit Melrose Place will replace what is now the vacant 164-unit Barronbrook Apartments at 3000 Barron Ave. at Semmes Street. City leaders including Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. marked the opening of the project Tuesday at the Orange Mound Community Center.

89. MIFA’s Day of Reflection to Honor MLK Legacy -

Memphis Inter-Faith Association will commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday during its 12th Annual Day of Reflection and Service.

90. City Eyes End to Public Housing Projects -

Chain link fences went up around the four Memphis Housing Authority high-rises earlier this month.

The renovation work that is about to begin on the public housing units in the next year comes as the city prepares to begin demolition of Cleaborn Homes on April 12.

91. Market Factors Give Caution to Younger Homebuyers -

When Jonathan Lyons, 25, went looking to buy a home, he planned each step carefully – he found a good job, enlisted the help of a Realtor, educated himself on the various costs, and got pre-approval from a bank.

92. United Housing Inc. Receives $80,500 Grant -

United Housing Inc. recently received an $80,500 grant from NeighborWorks America – a network of community development organizations that trains community development and affordable housing professionals.

93. NHOM Brings Housing Opportunities to Working Poor -

For more than two decades, Neighborhood Housing Opportunities Management Executive Director Howard Eddings and his team have worked to rebuild Memphis neighborhoods most plagued by urban decay, whose broken windows and overgrown lots have become familiar eyesores in the wake of the Great Recession.

94. Seminar Helps Attendees Master Real Estate Market -

As real estate professionals gather this week to take a look at the latest numbers, they’ll not only learn about current economic trends but also preview the road ahead.

Realtors, appraisers, builders, investors, bankers and mortgage brokers will get a glimpse of Shelby County market trends Thursday when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosts “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review.”

95. Nonprofits Getting First Shot at Bank Foreclosures -

PHOENIX (AP) – Francisco and Pam Cruz maneuvered around boxes of new flooring and open cans of paint as they surveyed the foreclosed Phoenix house they would soon call their own.

96. United Housing Helps Prospective Homeowners Realize Goals -

Three years and 50 houses.

That was the mandate handed to Tim Bolding in 1994 when United Way of the Mid-South hired him to operate United Housing, a new community development corporation devoted to helping homebuyers.

97. ‘Hundreds More’ Blight Suits on the Way -

A few hundred lawsuits targeting the owners of run-down properties are likely to be filed by the city of Memphis not long after 2011 rolls around, according to one estimate of the city’s timetable.

98. Robertson Eager to Help Revitalize Memphis Neighborhoods -

Eric Robertson gets excited when he thinks about the future of Memphis. That’s because he knows he’ll be a part of its development.

99. Shadows of Doubt -

As the housing market continues to improve, a significant backlog of foreclosed and distressed properties that have not been put on the market could bring the recovery to a screeching halt.

Many lenders across the nation – mostly banks – are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming number of borrowers who have stopped making their mortgage payments. And with the fledgling recovery in housing still weak, banks, institutional investors and even some homeowners who want to sell their homes are waiting until the market shows marked improvement.

100. B.I.G. Idea -

With crime on a downward spiral in Memphis, a new initiative seeks to amplify this trend by forging partnerships between business leaders and police precincts.

Business Interest Group (B.I.G.) Uniting for a Better Memphis is asking people to step outside their office walls to learn what’s really happening in nearby neighborhoods. Likewise, precinct commanders are coming into conference rooms to present crime statistics and answer questions.