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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. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

3. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

4. Real Estate ‘Titans’ Share Industry Advice -

In the 1980s Dan Wilkinson and Robert Snowden were deeply involved in developing Memphis International Airport Center.

5. 100 Homage -

38 STORIES, THOUSANDS OF STORIES. I remember when the big hulk was a big deal, its unimaginative gray mass full of imagination and local color.

On our first date in 1967, I took Nora to the Top Of The 100. I’ll never forget when she leaned over the table, her blue eyes wide, and said, “You eat parsley?” The building was two years old and Top Of The 100 was a private club occupying the top three floors with its own set of elevators and a revolving bar on the top, a panorama 38 stories high served straight up above everything else in town.

6. Malasri Promotes Importance of Young Memphis Leaders -

Jittapong “J.T.” Malasri, a civil engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, says his father probably knew his son would go into the engineering field long before he himself did. And his father, Siripong Malasri, should know – he was the dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University before returning to the classroom to teach and chair various departments.

7. LRK Turns 30 With Eye Toward Growth -

LRK Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firm is involved with a diverse range of high-profile projects, both locally and nationally, with the intent of creating special places for clients and users.

8. 100 Candles -

An appreciation of the past is practically a requirement for visitors of the Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main St., a storied Downtown eatery housed in a space with a terra cotta facade, beaux arts decor and even an old movie screen inside.

9. Tax Zone Would Fund Fairgrounds Remake -

A 3-square-mile Tourism Development Zone would finance a $233 million renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds sought by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

The city sent its 88-page application Sept. 13 to Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry B. Martin. The application seeks state permission to use incremental sales tax revenue estimated at close to $12 million a year starting in 2016 to pay off the bonds to finance a project whose price tag is just below the $250 million FedExForum.

10. Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson -

The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.

The Rock’n Dough Pizza Co., owned by Jeremy and Amanda Denno, is slated to open a new restaurant and microbrewery at the Jackson Walk development in Jackson in October. The Dennos will team up with veteran local brewer Ben Pugh to create signature suds at the 4,100-square-foot restaurant.

11. Influence1 Files $2.6 Million Loan for Former Bishop Byrne -

1475 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Maturity Date: Aug. 23, 2024
Borrower: The Influence1 Foundation
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Influence1 Foundation, the Memphis-based organization that bought the former Bishop Byrne High School in June, has filed a $2.6 million loan on the property, at 1475 E. Shelby Drive in Whitehaven.

12. South Junction Files $14.8 Million Loan -

Just a few days after its permits were filed, the development group building the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown has taken out a $14.8 million construction loan for the project.

South Junction Partners – through a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program via the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. – filed the deed of trust Aug. 27 with SunTrust Bank.

13. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

727 E. Mann Circle; 726. E. Mann Circle; 725 W. Mann Circle; 35 W. Georgia Ave.; 649 Florida St.; 18 W. Carolina Ave.; 9 E. Carolina Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Costs: $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.4 million

14. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

A development group led by Henry Turley Co. has filed a series of building permits totaling $10.4 million for the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown.

15. Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Memphis -

Steve Jobs once said, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the square pegs in the round holes … the ones who see things differently … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

16. Turley Shows Interest in Developing Central Station -

A partnership consisting of Henry Turley and Community Capital is the only entity so far to express interest in the management and development of Central Station.

17. Pitching Memphis -

Staunching a brain drain of college-age creative talent is a task cities around the country are undertaking with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

In Memphis, that sales job begins in earnest each summer. And it results in a big push to introduce college-educated interns to top executives and local cultural attractions – basically, the best the city has to offer – in the hope those young people will put down roots here.

18. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

19. Core Focus -

The Great Recession silenced construction crews throughout the Memphis area, and that was especially evident Downtown, where ambitious, skyline-changing projects were put on hold, reconfigured or scrapped altogether.

20. New Apartments Planned for South Main -

Plans for 197 apartments on two corners of West Carolina Avenue and Florida Street go to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board at its May 1 meeting.

South Junction will rise on the vacant northwest and southeast corners of Carolina and Florida, in the South Main Historic Arts District.

21. Coffee, Beer Bar Coming Downtown -

Downtown residents and visitors will soon be able to grab a cup of joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one convenient spot.

Taylor Berger, partner in YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, and partners Mitch Buckner (of Bella Café in Pink Palace) and Daniel Flanagan (of Chiwawa, the newly opened Southern-inspired eatery near Overton Square) have signed a lease for 2,755 square feet of retail space in the ground floor of Van Vleet Flats, 122 Gayoso Ave.

22. Coffee, Beer Bar Slated for Downtown -

Downtown residents soon will be able to grab a cup of Joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one fell swoop.

Taylor Berger, partner in YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, along with partners Mitch Buckner (of Bella Café in Pink Palace) and Daniel Flanagan (of Chiwawa, the newly opened Southern-inspired eatery near Overton Square), have signed a lease for 2,755 square feet of retail space in the ground floor of Van Vleet Flats, 122 Gayoso Ave.

23. Holtzclaw on Front Line of Myriad Real Estate Projects -

Anna Holtzclaw’s footprint is on property all over Memphis.

Since 2001, the real estate marketing entrepreneur has worked to promote properties developed and designed by the likes of the Henry Turley Co., LRK Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc.

24. Turley: ‘You Can Be Somebody in Memphis’ -

Years after Henry Turley experienced the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, took advantage of the Community Reinvestment Act and persuaded banks to reinvest in the Downtown core, not to mention spearheaded revitalization in the Harbor Town and Uptown areas, he’s making a “micro bet” on building nice neighborhoods around excellent schools.

25. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber and Duncan-Williams Inc. will host Job Fuel: 2013 Conference on Job Creation Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Dr. Gene Huang, chief economist and vice president at FedEx, will discuss what leaders need to know about the future of job creation. Cost is $50 per person or $450 per table of 10. Visit memphischamber.com.

26. Council to Hear Fairgrounds Update -

Memphis City Council members get a look Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the latest plan for renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The city administration presents its plan at the 1:45 p.m. council executive session.

27. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

28. Archer-Malmo Grows Again With Lease Expansion -

Archer-malmo has inked an additional 3,000 square feet in the Cotton Exchange Building, bringing its total footprint in the historic 12-story Downtown tower to 41,277 square feet across six floors.

29. Harbor Town Dog Show Scheduled for Oct. 28 -

The 10th Annual Harbor Town Dog Show “Who Let the Dogs Out?” presented by Downtown Animal Hospital will take place Oct. 28.

Spectators can attend the show, from noon to 4 p.m. at Nursery Park in Harbor Town, for free and may reserve seating in the VIP – as in, Very Important Pooch/Parent – Green Room, which will offer gourmet food and drinks.

30. Holtzclaw Joins Urban Land Institute as District Coordinator -

Anna Holtzclaw has joined Urban Land Institute Memphis as district council coordinator, a part-time role where she will focus on programming, membership and sponsorship development.

Holtzclaw brings a blend of real estate and nonprofit experience, with past working experience with Henry Turley Co., LRK Inc., Loeb Properties Inc., Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), the Salvation Army KROC Center and the New Ballet Ensemble.

31. Daunting Vision -

To say the team behind the redevelopment of the nearly 20-year-vacant Sears, Roebuck & Co. Retail and Catalog distribution facility in Midtown’s Crosstown neighborhood has their work cut out for them would be an understatement at best.

32. Downtown Memphis Commission Celebrates Progress -

There was bicycle-powered smoothie preparation, an aerial circus-style art show, Beale Street Flippers, live music outside, a disc jockey inside, and food and drinks from Downtown restaurants and suppliers.

33. Lease Takes Appling Farms to Capacity -

A distributorship of Pella Corp. has inked 11,300 square feet in Appling Farms Corporate Park, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway.

34. DMC to Honor Vision Award Recipients -

Downtown Memphis Commission will present this year’s Downtown Vision Awards on Thursday, Sept. 27, at an open house party at its office, 114 N. Main St., from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

35. New Panera Underscores Midtown’s ‘Tipping Point’ -

Panera Bread Co. is coming to one of Midtown’s busiest streets following years of site selection in the area.

36. CCDC Passes Two Downtown Projects -

Two Downtown Memphis projects were propelled Wednesday, Sept. 19, by the Center City Development Corp. while the board was briefed on several of the area’s businesses that are in flux.

37. Events -

Talk Shoppe and the Small Business Chamber will present “The Mastermind Principle: Based on the Book ‘Think and Grow Rich’” Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

38. Events -

The Society for Human Resource Management Memphis chapter ethics council will hold a Dutch treat breakfast Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Treetops Cafe at International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave., tower 3, room 100. The topic is “You’ve Got a Code … Now What? Training Your Employees.” Cost is $5. R.S.V.P. to cynthia@hrprosmemphis.com.

39. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will address the Germantown board of mayor and aldermen Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road. The open forum will include an update on property tax revenue and economic trends affecting the community. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

40. Memphis Connections -

After graduating recently from Middle Tennessee State University, Memphis native Danielle Nathaniel came back home to start the next chapter of her life – the post-college job hunt.

41. New Ideas for Fairgrounds Emerge As Bass Pro Project Moves Ahead -

A C Wharton Jr. noted last week that as Shelby County mayor he signed the paperwork selling Shelby County government’s partial ownership interest in The Pyramid to the city of Memphis. And as Memphis mayor, he signed the paperwork making the city’s exclusive ownership of The Pyramid official.

42. Slice of the Pie -

Come mid-July, local restaurateur Aldo Dean will launch Aldo’s Pizza Pies, his group’s third concept in Memphis and second in Downtown’s Central Business District.

Dean is one of three partners behind the new 3,900-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor of Henry Turley Co.’s Barboro Flats at 100 S. Main St. Adam Slovis of Slovis & Associates LLC represented Dean and his group in its seven-year lease for Aldo’s Pizza Pies.

43. Commercial Advisors Hires, Promotes Associates at Firm -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC has promoted Phil Dagastino to senior vice president of office leasing. Dagastino has been with the firm since January 2008.

44. 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.

45. Loeb Tells Rotary About Overton Square Plans -

Among the first of Bob Loeb’s comments when he addressed the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Jan. 10, was that when his firm finishes the redevelopment of Overton Square, the hope is to pass the Rotarian Four-Way Test.

46. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

47. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

48. Beyond Square One -

Memphis City Council’s approval for spending $16 million to improve Midtown’s Overton Square marked a milestone for neighborhood supporters, grassroots leaders and financial stakeholders – especially Loeb Properties Inc.

49. ULI 2012 Outlook: CRE Industry Slightly Better -

Next year will be slightly better for commercial real estate, but it’ll come at the cost of a shrunken industry.

That was the message an at-capacity room of bankers, investors and real estate professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South, where attendees learned about facing a “long grind,” compared with last year’s theme, “an era of less.”

50. ULI 2012 Outlook: CRE Industry Slightly Better -

Next year will be slightly better for commercial real estate, but it’ll come at the cost of a shrunken industry.

That was the message an at-capacity room of bankers, investors and real estate professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South, where attendees learned about facing a “long grind,” compared with last year’s theme, “an era of less.”

51. APG Office Furnishings Succeeds on South Main -

APG Office Furnishings has seen substantial growth since moving to Memphis in early 2009. The recently opened Downtown location at 100 S. Main St. offers an upgrade from the company’s old Shelby Drive store, as well as the benefit of pedestrian traffic.

52. Van Vleet Flats Almost Ready For Occupancy -

Over the past decade, Henry Turley Co. has delivered five mixed-use apartment communities on or near Downtown’s South Main Street.

53. Uptown Phase Two Gets Go Ahead -

After several delays, phase two of the plan for Uptown development cleared the Shelby County Commission Monday, Oct. 17.

But only after the commissioner whose district includes Uptown tried to shift the emphasis from continued development south of Chelsea Avenue moving west to new development north of Chelsea.

54. Taylor Appointed To Commission - CCHS Claims Family Planning Contract -

Former Memphis City Council member Brent Taylor is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Taylor, a Republican, won the District 1 Postion 3 seat vacated by Republican commissioner Mike Carpenter this month.

55. New Façades -

Local architecture firms have run the gamut with realignment strategies in combating the economic downturn, from reduction of footprints and overhead to reorganizing and rebranding.

In late 2009, Memphis-based Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. The news sent shockwaves throughout the industry, as one of the city’s most prominent firms – behind landmark projects like AutoZone Park and AutoZone corporate headquarters, Riverside Drive, FedExForum, Harbor Town and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, to name a few – was being forced to reorganize.

56. Elmwood Cemetery: Where No One is Forgotten -

More than 30 visitors braved the sweltering summer heat on a recent Friday evening to immerse themselves in the stories of some of Memphis’ most famous, infamous and influential citizens during Elmwood Cemetery’s Evening Stroll.

57. Mixing it Up -

Scarce new development is providing the retail sector the opportunity to rethink how it delivers its goods and services, moving away from car-dependent models and toward walkable urban centers.

This mixed-use, walkable neighborhood concept is something Memphis will see more and more of, especially in the urban core, said Jason Polley, project leasing director for Stonecrest Investments LLC.

58. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a technology lunch and learn with State Systems Inc. Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Venice Pizza Co., 368 Perkins Road Extended. The topic is “Impact of Emerging Technology on Cabling Systems.” For reservations, contact Debbie Jones at 531-6564 or djones@statesystemsinc.com.

59. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will review the essential best practices of fundraising and critical issues that must be addressed to be successful. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

60. Memphis Investors Group to Host Henry Turley -

The Memphis Investors Group will host “An Evening with Henry Turley: Memphis’ Real Estate Mover and Shaker” at its Thursday meeting at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

61. Midtown Changer -

By the end of 2011, Bardog Tavern owner Aldo DeMartino will have two new Memphis restaurant concepts up and running.

First, The Slider Inn, 2117 Peabody Ave., will fill the 1,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bluff City Bayou. The owners, Les Carloss and Jeff Corrigan, moved from the Edge District to the Midtown spot in 2009 and closed it shortly after to pursue catering endeavors.

62. $39 Million Permit Filed For UTHSC Research Lab -

71 S. Manassas St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $39 million

Permit Date: Applied April 2011
Owner: University of Tennessee
Tenant: University of Tennessee

63. Downtown Warehouse Quitclaimed for $465,500 -

An investment partnership called 109 South Second Partnership, an affiliate of Memphis-based developer Henry Turley Co., has received 109 S. Second St. via two quitclaims.

64. City, Community at Heart of Montgomery Martin’s Work -

Construction, says Montgomery Martin, is hard. And he should know, having been in the business since 1978.

“You’re creating something out of nothing, you’re taking a raw piece of dirt, grading it off and digging holes and pouring concrete and creating an edifice for an environment to work in and live in,” Martin said. “That’s all very appealing and neat, and a necessary thing to do for society and for culture and for people to live and operate in.”

65. Memphis Mag Releases 35th Anniversary Issue -

In celebration of its 35th anniversary issue, the editorial staff of Memphis magazine features 35 Memphians whose influence was critical to the growth and evolution of the city over the three-plus decades of Memphis magazine’s existence.

66. Agency of Record -

Although the venerable marketing and communications agency archer>malmo may operate in a fiscally conservative manner, its forward-thinking concepts have kept the firm flourishing for almost 60 years.

67. Popular Burger Chain Moves Into Memphis -

After years of Five Guys Burgers and Fries having a presence in the Nashville and Knoxville areas, the chain is setting up shop in one of Memphis’ most densely populated areas.

Jubilee Restaurant Group LLC, owner of the franchise, signed a 2,882-square-foot lease in Primacy Place, 1615 Ridgeway Road.

68. Wharton Administration Rolls Out New Fairgrounds Plan -

Four months after Tiger Lane made its debut, the Wharton administration has rolled out a much more expensive and complex proposal for the continued remaking of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

All of the tentative pieces of the fairgrounds renovation would cost $185 million to develop. The plan is to finance all or some of them using sales tax revenue returned to the city for the financing of the project through use of a tourism development zone.

69. Stratos Move Another Example Of Downtown Trend -

While the future of the Downtown office market is hard to predict, there’s no doubt the persona of the submarket is changing.

On the heels of the Great Recession, some companies are rebranding for better visibility. Others are moving closer to their clients. And then there are companies like ServiceMaster by Stratos Inc., which did both.

70. ULI: Recovery to Begin in 2011 -

The real estate market is projected to turn around next year, but the industry will have to settle for baby steps in all markets and property sectors.

That was the message more than 250 bankers, investors and real estate professionals heard Wednesday at the Urban Land Institute’s fourth annual Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South where they learned about the “era of less.”

71. Evolve Systems Grows Memphis Location -

Evolve Digital Media has more than doubled its Memphis location at Apple Tree Center in Hickory Hill.

The Memphis-based company expanded its lease from 2,520 to 6,327 square feet at 6073 Mount Moriah Road Extended. Tyler Tapley, associate with CB Richard Ellis Memphis, represented the landlord, Apple Tree Center Partnership.

72. Second Street Building Gets Mixed-Use Makeover -

Developers are bringing a brand of apartments that has flourished on Downtown’s Main Street one block over with a $9.7 million project called Van Vleet Flats and Offices.

An extensive rehab has begun on the old warehouse at 109 S. Second St., at the northwest corner of Second Street and Gayoso Avenue.

73. Pinnacle Move Could Spark Downtown Housing Market -

The recent buzz from Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s decision to move its airport-area headquarters to One Commerce Square is generating mostly positive feedback, but real estate agents say its too early to tell how the shift of 600-plus new employees to the area will affect the Downtown housing market.

74. Cohen: Love Of Government Started Early -

With fervor for politics at a young age, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, explained his lifelong journey into Congress at the Society of Industrial Office Realtors (SIOR) luncheon Monday.

75. FedEx CIO Carter to Highlight Leadership Academy Luncheon -

In May, longtime FedEx CIO and executive vice president of information services Rob Carter joined the likes of pop star Lady Gaga, fashion designer Tom Ford and Oscar-winning director James Cameron on Fast Company’s 2010 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

76. Dellinger Takes Readers on Trip Down Proposed I-69 -

When Matt Dellinger came to Memphis a few years ago to research the book he was writing on Interstate 69, he stumbled upon the Little Tea Shop on Monroe Avenue.

The main reason he chose the storied Downtown eatery was because of its street number, 69, which he figured must be a sign considering his book’s subject matter – the new interstate coursing through middle America, including Memphis, from Canada to Mexico.

77. DNA Announces Summer Speaker Lineup -

Memphis City Council Chairman Harold Collins and representatives of Friends for Our Riverfront will speak at the July 27 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA).

78. Wharton Hagale Sign Bass Pro Shops Lease For Pyramid -

There is a lease agreement to reopen The Pyramid as a Bass Pro Shops superstore with other attractions in the structure and around it.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Bass Pro Shops CEO and President Jim Hagale signed the 20 year lease with seven renewal options of five years each Wednesday at the end of a City Hall press conference to announce the deal five years in the making.

79. Barboro Flats Set for Success -

The first residents who begin moving into Barboro Flats’ 92 apartments Thursday will find a host of amenities and urban comforts waiting for them inside the brand new five-story building at 100 South Main.

80. Committees Not Needed For Creativity -

Creativity goes to committee meetings to die.

“In all the towns and all the cities there are no statues to committees.”

Unknown, probably someone shot down by a committee.

“So,” he said to the committee, “I’ll buy a bunch of jets, fill them with cardboard envelopes, and guarantee overnight delivery … and all I need to get started is, oh, about a zillion dollars.” The committee would have absolutely, positively said no to Fred Smith. They would have told Clarence Saunders that schlepping your own groceries would never work. They would have told Kemmons Wilson where to park his motel idea. They would have told Charlie Vergos that nobody is going to get fired up about ribs from a basement off an alley next to a dumpster.

81. Fairgrounds Work Continues Despite Flux -

On his way home from church one Sunday last month, Kevin Kane and his family decided to go by the Mid-South Fairgrounds to see what was left of the Zippin Pippin.

82. Evolve Bank & Trust Names Holland to Board -

Evolve Bank & Trust has named Lewis E. Holland to its board of directors.

Holland served six years as president of the regional investment banking firm UMIC Inc., and after its sale in 1988 became a partner at the Memphis office of Ernst & Young LLP.

83. Downtown’s City Market Closer to Reality -

The store’s motto is “e-squared – eat and enjoy.”

Its look and feel will be that of an Old World market offering customers freshly prepared food with a local and international flair, as well as grocery staples such as milk and eggs.

84. Main Street’s ‘Big Hole’ Reaches Symbolic Milestone -

Today’s topping off ceremony for what once was a giant hole at 100 S. Main St. represents a milestone. By next summer, the property will be the site of a parking garage and 92 apartment units.

85. Housing Divided -

A couple of years ago, when Clay Thompson of Memphis decided it was time to stop renting, he set his sights on the Downtown condominium market. He was especially interested in the old warehouses in the South Main Historic Arts District that had been converted to condos.

86. Fairgrounds Redevelopment Slow but Happening -

Workers began dismantling the Grand Carousel this week at what used to be Libertyland.

Most of the rest of the circa 1976 theme park with the notable exception of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster has been removed or is visibly deteriorating. The carousel is being packed for storage until a future use is found for it.

87. City Pushes For East Parkway Facelift For Fairgrounds -

The city has no new developer for a proposed overhaul of The Fairgrounds. But it will continue with the demolition of what used to be Libertyland theme park.

City Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb told City Council members he also wants to improve other frontage along East Parkway, south of Central.

88. Deadline Looms For Homebuyers’ Tax Credit -

To extend or not to extend? That is the question.

At least it is for real estate professionals, who have their eyes on Nov. 30, the date when the $8,000 first-time homebuyers federal tax credit is set to expire.

89. Barboro Flats Developer To Begin Second Phase -

100 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $8 Million
Project Cost: $18.2 million
Permit Date: Applied July 2009
Completion: Summer 2010
Owner: 100 South Main Partners
Tenant: TBA
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

90. Developer Files $8M Permit For Barboro Flats -

The development team of the Barboro Flats mixed-used building at 100 S. Main St. Downtown has filed an $8 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin the second phase of the project, which is the multifamily component.

91. Fogerty Joins Jackson Lewis In Of Counsel Role -

Whitney King Fogerty has joined Jackson Lewis LLP as of counsel.

Fogerty was previously a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, where she specialized in labor and employment litigation. She has practiced law for 10 years and has been named among Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers for Business the past two years.

92. Mayor’s Resignation Date Set for July 30 -

Mayor Willie Herenton’s departure is July 30.

Memphis City Council members locked in the date with a resolution declaring the mayor’s office vacant by July 31.

Despite the additional three weeks of tenure for Herenton, he isn’t likely to cooperate in any meaningful way with his successor, Myron Lowery.

93. Kroc Center’s Backers Want It to Be a Gathering Spot for Diverse Groups -

From its days as a horseracing track in the latter half of the 19th century, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has a long and captivating history, including a fair share of disputes over the best uses for the sprawling property that sits in the middle of Memphis.

94. Raynor Named VP of Marketing For Two Hilton Brands -

Carla Raynor has been appointed vice president of marketing for Homewood Suites by Hilton and newly launched Home2 Suites by Hilton.

95. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous -

For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.

96. Events -

The University of Memphis will host Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams today at 4 p.m. in the Rose Theatre on campus. Williams was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in clearing landmine fields and banning landmines in the future. The lecture is free and open to the public.

97. Events -

The Shelby County Beer Board will meet today at 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

98. Turley Pushes For Progress On Fairgrounds -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton and fairgrounds developer Henry Turley met for about an hour in Herenton’s office Tuesday about the uncertain future of the project.

99. State’s Greenest Home Set for Debut -

Ten days remain before TERRA house, the sustainable-design demonstration home in Uptown, is unveiled at a ribbon cutting, so Eric Criswell is making sure all the final touches are in place before the public gets a glimpse of what will be the “greenest” residence in Tennessee.

100. Main Street’s Big Hole To Be Filled at Last -

Center City Commission president Jeff Sanford knew some developers and others doubted anything would get built anytime soon in the big hole at Gayoso Avenue and Main Street.