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1. 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.”

2. Kitsinger Continues Downtown Work With The Development Studio -

As an architect and planner, Andy Kitsinger worked on large projects whose scale immediately changed areas, even as they were being built.

And he’s also worked on developments and projects that are smaller – sometimes part of the ripple effect of larger projects, but no less important or influential.

3. AIA Memphis Showing Best 2014 Architecture -

AIA Memphis is hosting a public display of the best architecture in Memphis this year through June 20.

The opening night reception, hosted during the South Main Art Trolley Tour Friday, May 30, offers the public an opportunity to view the winners of the 2014 AIA Memphis Design Awards for excellence in architecture. The exhibit, located at the AIA Memphis Gallery, 511 S. Main St., is free and open to the public.

4. AIA Memphis Showing Best 2014 Architecture -

AIA Memphis is hosting a public display of the best architecture in Memphis this year through June 20.

The opening night reception, hosted during the South Main Art Trolley Tour Friday, May 30, offers the public an opportunity to view the winners of the 2014 AIA Memphis Design Awards for excellence in architecture. The exhibit, located at the AIA Memphis Gallery, 511 S. Main St., is free and open to the public.

5. 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.

6. ‘Lean and Mean’ -

Architectural firms that were thrown into a deep, dark hole following the Great Recession are finally starting to see light again.

The only worry is that the light at the end of the tunnel is another recession-driven train, threatening to again pummel the architectural community.

7. Hotel Chisca Gets New Owners, Art Facelift -

The chain-link fence surrounding the dilapidated Hotel Chisca in Downtown Memphis is a little bit easier on the eyes as of Saturday, Oct. 27.

That’s because it now boasts 30 colorful banners created by students of St. Louis Catholic School, under the leadership of art teacher Robin Durden. The art exhibit, “Memphis Music Icons,” pays tribute to the Hotel Chisca’s legacy of being the location where Elvis Presley was first played on Dewey Phillips’ “Red, Hot and Blue” radio show from the WHBQ studios in 1954.

8. Hotel Chisca Gets New Owners, Art Facelift -

The chain link fence surrounding the dilapidated Hotel Chisca in Downtown Memphis is a little bit easier on the eyes as of Saturday, Oct. 27.

That’s because it now boasts 30 colorful banners created by students of St. Louis Catholic School, under the leadership of art teacher Robin Durden. The art exhibit, “Memphis Music Icons,” pays tribute to the Hotel Chisca’s legacy of being the location where Elvis Presley was first played on Dewey Phillips’ “Red, Hot and Blue” radio show from the WHBQ studios in 1954.

9. Visionary Project -

The reversal of fate for the blighted Chisca Hotel at the intersection of South Main Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, plagued by passive out-of-town ownership and environmental hazards, was set in motion during a phone call about 18 months ago.

10. Sullivan Branding Inks Toyota Center Deal -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

11. LRK Consolidates Ofcs. in Toyota Center -

Looney Ricks Kiss is consolidating its Memphis office space on the fifth floor of Toyota Center Downtown.

The firm has been in the building since 2000 after completing a renovation of the entire building along with AutoZone Park.

12. Looney Ricks Kiss Wins 3 Nat'l Design Awards -

Looney Ricks Kiss, also known as LRK Inc., has received three awards in the 2011 Best in American Living Awards by the National Association of Home Builders.

13. Looney Ricks Kiss Wins 3 Nat’l Design Awards -

Looney Ricks Kiss, also known as LRK Inc., has received three awards in the 2011 Best in American Living Awards by the National Association of Home Builders.

14. City Prepares Madison Ave. for Bike Lanes -

Madison Avenue is set to get dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the street between Cooper and McNeil streets.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has ordered the city Engineering Division to proceed with restriping Madison in preparation for the bike lanes.

15. 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.

16. LRK Awarded for Design of CA2 -

Looney Ricks Kiss recently received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects-Tennessee Chapter during the 2011 Design Awards of Excellence for LRK’s design of Court Annex Two (CA2)

17. Final Madison Bike Lane Hearing Weighs Options -

Now the decisions begin about how to redraw the markings on Madison Avenue in Midtown.

More than 100 people attended the third and final in a series of public hearings Wednesday, July 13, at Minglewood Hall.

18. Advocates Push Overton-Greenline Link -

When the group of architects and planners working on a bicycle-pedestrian path connecting the Shelby Farms Greenline with Overton Park went beyond the end of the Greenline onto Tillman Street recently, they had a Memphis Police bicycle escort.

19. Maps Marked Up At Second Madison Bike Lane Meeting -

A group of more than 100 citizens got a chance to do more than just look at maps of Madison Avenue Wednesday evening.

In the second of three public hearings on proposed bicycle lanes for the two mile stretch of Madison between Cleveland Ave. and Cooper St., those at the Minglewood Hall meeting got a chance to mark up the maps with what they would like to see.

20. Reading Celebration -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Saturday celebrated its 10th anniversary with a family-friendly blowout bash featuring artistic performances and words of support and encouragement from community leaders.

21. 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.”

22. Overton Square Developer Eyes Grocery Store for Site -

A premium grocery store is in the works for Overton Square with plans to preserve the entertainment district’s character and bring it back to life, Loeb Properties Inc. revealed this week.

23. Overton Square Developer Eyes Grocery Store -

A premium grocery store is in the works for Overton Square with plans to preserve the entertainment district’s character and bring it back to life, Loeb Properties Inc. revealed this week.

Before a standing room only crowd Tuesday at the office of Memphis Heritage Inc., 2282 Madison Ave., Loeb president Bob Loeb unveiled the site plan for a 53,000-square-foot grocery store, more than double the size of Schnucks’ Midtown location.

24. Bankruptcy Trends Shift, Local Numbers Drop -

Bankruptcy attorney Jimmy McElroy, one of the Memphis court’s top filers, has noticed a recent change in local bankruptcy trends.

25. Downtown Touchdown -

Many of the dominoes that fell into place in advance of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. deciding to move its Memphis corporate headquarters to the landmark Downtown tower One Commerce Square happened in the public eye.

26. $5.3M Permit Application Filed for Soulsville Charter School -

1115 College St.
Memphis, TN 38106
Permit Amount: $5.3 million

Project Cost: $5.3 million for phase one
Permit Date: Applied September 2010
Completion: July 2011
Owner: Soulsville Foundation
Tenant: Soulsville Charter School
Contractor: Looney Ricks Kiss
Architect: Flintco Inc.

27. $5.3M Permit Application Filed for Soulsville Charter School -

A $5.3 million permit application has been filed for Soulsville Charter School, slated to be built at 1115 College St. The permit calls for construction of a two-story school building, which will replace 13 portable classrooms currently on site, according to Soulsville communications director Tim Sampson.

28. LRK Works to Rise From Bankruptcy Ashes -

Many architecture and engineering firms spent the past two years adapting to the changing economic times, but the most prominent example occurred last winter when Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

29. Redesigned and Rebuilt -

David Schuermann, president of Architecture Inc., said his 16-year-old Downtown firm specializes in renovations and restorations to existing buildings.

30. City Leaders Roll Out Red Carpet for Pinnacle -

The opportunity to convince Pinnacle Airlines Corp. to bring its Memphis headquarters Downtown has presented the first opportunity for several important figures to coordinate their efforts on a major economic development deal.

31. Pinnacle Board Gets Downtown Hard Sell -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. executives, after listening to a coordinated, Downtown-focused pitch from developers, businessmen and political leaders, will now take about a month to finish deciding where to relocate their corporate headquarters.

They’re considering sites Downtown, near Memphis International Airport as well as beyond the city. Mississippi has made what Pinnacle acknowledged is a “generous” offer for the company to move to Olive Branch.

Pinnacle executives are in town this week for the Memphis-based regional air carrier’s regular board meeting. Backers of the proposal to make Pinnacle the anchor tenant at Downtown’s One Commerce Square took that opportunity to make their case directly to the company in a private meeting Tuesday evening on the 29th floor of the landmark tower.

After about an hour, Pinnacle executives descended to the One Commerce lobby, where Memphis’ business elite were gathered, refreshments were served, and projected onto a screen were the words “Pinnacle Land Here” against a backdrop of the city.

Guests included a handful of political leaders, representatives of the Greater Memphis Chamber, EmergeMemphis, the Center City Commission and the heads of Memphis two largest locally-based banks, First Tennessee and Independent Bank, among other people.

Contrasting with the traditional nametags everyone else wore, the nametags of Pinnacle board members were brightly colored. All the better, Downtown supporters pointed out, for identifying them and laying on the charm.

“We’re going to fill this building,” exclaimed Karl Schledwitz, one of the partners with Southland Capital president Terry Lynch involved in buying the tower and working to lease a significant portion of it to Pinnacle.

As guests mingled, a marketing video produced by the Center City Commission was played on one wall that featured Downtown workers talking up the neighborhood. The same video was shown earlier that evening during the private pitch to Pinnacle’s board.

Making the case to the board were Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.; incoming Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and representatives of the investors buying One Commerce, as well as the Center City Commission and the Looney Ricks Kiss architectural firm.

Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s board of directors participated in a walk-through of One Commerce Square, hosted by members of the Center City Commission, the investors who are buying the building, and key business and government leaders,” said Phil Trenary, Pinnacle’s president and CEO, in a statement released Tuesday night. “This visit gave our board an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the building.

“Pinnacle has not selected a new site and still has to complete an in-depth analysis on this and other sites. We appreciate the interest and enthusiasm that the City of Memphis, the CCC, the Chamber and the ownership group have shown as we move through this process.”

Tuesday was the culmination of a months-long synchronized attempt at deal-making among several entities working to keep Pinnacle from being lured away from Memphis.

Details of the multimillion-dollar incentive package business and civic leaders have pieced together to cement the Downtown location for Pinnacle also began to trickle out Tuesday.

Coupled with that, a series of well-timed dominoes still needs to fall into place before a deal sweetened with a variety of incentives comes together.

Lynch confirmed Tuesday afternoon that several things have to happen more or less simultaneously.

The city, or perhaps an entity like one of the Center City Commission’s affiliated boards, would need to buy a nearby parking garage at the same time the investors buy One Commerce Square and at the same time Pinnacle signs a lease. Plans in the works now call for leasing the nearby parking garage back to One Commerce Square's new owners and giving Pinnacle parking there. More Pinnacle parking would be available at 250 Peabody Place.

Lynch said a memorandum of understanding has already been making its way around to various people involved in the deal. Wharton, outgoing Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford and CCC President Paul Morris have all signed a memo outlining the proposed incentives.

Lynch said U.S. Bank, the current owner of One Commerce Square, has accepted the investment group’s bid, but plenty more moving pieces need to fall into place.

“We have a letter of intent and we’re working through a contract right now. We’re just going back and forth. That’s the status of it right now,” Lynch said.

He said the timeline for next steps is fluid.

“If we don’t get past the first one, we can’t get to the second one,” Lynch said. “There’s various steps we have to get to.”

Wharton said Tuesday the city would like to commit $3 million from the $5 million economic development fund Wharton recently asked for the City Council’s approval to establish.

Wharton also mentioned Tuesday the possibility of applying for $15 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act bond allocations from the state to add to the pot of financing for the Pinnacle deal.

Another facet of the issue is how to pay for and fit into the package the acquisition of a nearby parking garage for Pinnacle’s use. The importance of that topic was discussed by Downtown officials with Pinnacle’s board Tuesday night.

“Landing Pinnacle Downtown would be a big boost in all kinds of ways,” said council member Bill Boyd.

U.S. Bancorp recently accepted the bid to buy One Commerce Square tower from a group of investors that includes Lynch; Schledwitz; and Gary Prosterman.

Lynch’s group is committing $25 million to $30 million on the building, which includes the purchase price and improvements to the building in the coming months. The group is now teeing up a deal to make Pinnacle the building's anchor tenant, something that Wharton has said will be an attraction to other businesses that have expressed interest in following suit if Pinnacle inks a deal.

Lynch wasn’t able to disclose the building's formal purchase price, but One Commerce Square was listed for $12 million.

Look for updates at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

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32. After Trading Hands, Marina Cove Now Ready for Redevelopment -

5505 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.6 Million

Sale Date:July 15, 2010
Buyer:The Power Center Community Development Corp.
Seller:Water Gardens LLC (in dissolution), and Optimal Partners LLC and National Community Development Association Inc. (which constitutes all members of Water Gardens LLC since its dissolution)

33. Lodging for Patients’ Families Increasing -

More hospitality options for out-of-towners seeking medical care in Memphis are on the way with the construction of two family lodging centers.

The $7.75 million American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge is on schedule for an Aug. 27 finish date, while work on the $6.6 million FedEx Family House should be done by mid-November.

They will bring to five the number of hospitality lodges that offer people a free place to stay within and near the Memphis Medical Center district. The Memphis Grizzlies House, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and Target House already serve families with children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

But people who come here to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital have had to pay for motel rooms or sleep in patient rooms. The FedEx House will change that.

The Harrah’s Hope Lodge is for adult cancer patients receiving care at any Memphis hospital or oncology center.

“We did a needs assessment study in 2003,” said Leighanne Hart, capital campaign director for the Mid-South division of the American Cancer Society. “At that time, it was determined that we had over 2,000 patients coming into Memphis from the Mid-South and other areas to receive their cancer care and there was nothing for adult cancer patient care who have that need. We also learned that people were coming into Memphis and sleeping in their cars.”

Sixty- and 80-mile commutes can be a weary journey for patients receiving chemotherapy.

“The worst case is when a patient would just give up because they could not afford to come to Memphis and couldn’t afford a place to stay so they unfortunately did not receive their cancer treatment,” Hart said.

The Hope Lodge is already part of the Union Avenue streetscape. It is immediately east of Sun Studio.

The three-story structure was designed by Trivers Associates of St. Louis. The general contractor for the project is Brice Building Co. Inc. of Birmingham, Ala.

The first floor has common spaces including kitchens, a dining room, living room, patios and a screened-in porch. The second and third floors have a total of 40 patient suites for cancer patients and a guest/caregiver.

The American Cancer Society has raised $750,000 to cover the first three years of operating costs. Although the lodge is slated for completion at the end of next month, a date has not been set for when it will begin accepting guests.

“Our first position is a full-time director for the Hope Lodge facility,” Hart said. “We are currently looking for the right person for that job. It is a very important and a very big job.”

The American Cancer Society is looking to raise an additional $50,000 to cover construction add-ons to make the building more resistant to damage from earthquakes. The organization also expects to begin an endowment campaign for future operational funds once the building opens.

The Harrah’s Foundation, which is funded by the casino company Harrah’s Entertainment, gave $2 million to the building fund. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center donated the land.

The Plough Foundation and The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. each gave $1 million.

“All hospitals and clinics within our community are supporting this very important endeavor,” Hart said. “There is nothing like this in Memphis, and this will be the 30th Hope Lodge in the country.”

The FedEx house is being built with donations from FedEx Corp., FedEx President Fred Smith and his wife, Diane Smith, and FedEx Chief Financial Officer Alan Graf and his wife, Susan Graf.

“This is really sort of a dream and vision of Susan Graf,” said Janet Phillips, executive consultant for Le Bonheur. “She is very involved with the Le Bonheur Club and has spent lots of hands-on time down here.”

The FedEx House is located on the north side of Poplar Avenue across the street from the new hospital. It is three stories and will have 24 suites.

Looney Ricks Kiss of Memphis is the project architect, while Montgomery Martin Contractors is the general contractor.

The FedEx House will be managed and operated by Wilton Hotel Management Co. Inc. The company also runs the Memphis Grizzlies House.

“The FedEx Family House is really going to offer such a great benefit in terms, not only a place to sleep, but in my mind a real nurturing environment,” Phillips said.

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34. 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.

35. County Awards New Design Contract For Admin Building -

Shelby County government is drawing up a new contract for renovation of the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., after deciding not to work with the first vendor chosen for the project.

36. County Awards New Design Contract for Admin Building -

Shelby County government is drawing up a new contract for renovation of the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., after deciding not to work with the first vendor chosen for the project.

37. Southwest Opens Building At Macon Cove Campus -

Southwest Tennessee Community College will celebrate the completion of an academic building at its Macon Cove Campus with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by an open house on May 7.

The two-story structure, which encompasses 106,000 square feet, is a combination of three buildings bridged by two glass atriums. It contains classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, a presentation theater and faculty areas.

38. State Files Permit to Replace Oakhaven Driver Service Center -

3200 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $2.6 Million

Project Cost: $2.6 million
Permit Date: Applied April 2010
Completion: End of 2010
Owner: State of Tennessee
Tenant: State of Tennessee Department of Safety
Contractor: Mayer Construction Co. Inc.
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

39. State Files Permit For DL Service Center -

The state of Tennessee Department of Safety has filed a $2.6 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a driver service center at 3200 E. Shelby Drive in Oakhaven.

40. Institute of Classical Architecture Elects McClure to Chapter Board of Directors -

Mark McClure has been elected to the board of directors of the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. He will serve a three-year term.

41. Commission To Consider Gov’t Appointments -

Shelby County Commissioners will take up a slate of appointments to county and joint city-county boards at today’s full commission meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. An agenda can be found at www.memphisdailynews.com.

42. Six Permits Issued to Airport For Ground Transportation Center -

2491 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amounts: $89.5 Million

Project Cost: $121 million
Permit Date: Issued March 2010
Completion: Spring 2012
Owner: Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Tenant: Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Contractor: The Flintco Cos. Inc.
Architect: Walker Parking Consultants

43. Six Permits Issued For Memphis Airport -

Six building permits have been granted to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority to begin work on the airport’s $121 million ground transportation center. The city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement issued the permits earlier this week.

44. Recession Pushes Looney Ricks Kiss Into Bankruptcy -

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc., one of the city’s most recognizable and renowned architectural and design firms, on Tuesday filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

45. Recession Pushes Looney Ricks Kiss Into Bankruptcy -

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc., one of the city’s most recognizable and renowned architectural and design firms, on Tuesday filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

46. NuVasive Files Permit to Renovate Southeast Memphis Facility -

4670 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $1.6 Million

Project Cost: $1.6 million
Permit Date: Applied February 2010
Completion: TBA
Owner: NuVasive Inc.
Tenant: NuVasive Inc.
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

47. NuVasive Files Permit To Renovate Facility -

NuVasive Inc. has filed a $1.6 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate its building at 4670 E. Shelby Drive in the Oakhaven/Village Parkway area.

48. LRK Nabs Five Architecture Awards -

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects received five Best American Living Awards, which were presented at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

LRK was honored with the “Platinum Award/Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home – 6,501 square feet and over” for a private residence in Memphis and a “Gold Award/Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home – 4,001 to 6,500 square feet” for a private residence in Eads.

49. Builder Optimistic About C’ville Subdivision -

Starting homes in the middle of January – and in the middle of a housing slowdown – might not seem like the wisest approach, but John Worley said the stars are aligned right as he begins the second phase of the Woodgrove Subdivision in Collierville.

50. Flintco Plays Major Role in Reshaping Airport -

The Flintco Cos. Inc. doesn’t operate aircraft or transport cargo, but the Tulsa, Okla.-based company is leaving an indelible imprint on Memphis International Airport.

51. 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.

52. French Quarter’s Original Owners Buy Back Property -

The French Quarter Suites Hotel has come full circle, as the group that originally owned the property in the 1980s reacquired it last month for $1.5 million.

FQI LLC, a limited liability company whose chief manager is Ronald L. Kirkpatrick, bought the shuttered hotel at 2144 Madison Ave. from three sellers – Lodgian Memphis Property Owner LLC, Horace and Ann Proctor, and Martha D. Sutton – in three separate warranty deeds all dated in November.

53. Mud Island Makeover -

In August 1976, Roy Harrover, the Memphis architect who designed such landmarks as Memphis International Airport, Memphis College of Art and the NBC Bank Building wrote a six-page description of a project then known as Volunteer Park.

54. Local ULI Leads Green Charge -

Memphis might lag behind other cities when it comes to developing and connecting green spaces, but a collaboration of organizations is working to improve this community’s “greenprint,” or its collection of parks, trails and other natural areas, and then link them to regional and national green spaces.

55. Bloodworth Named Chair of Urban Land Institute’s District Council -

Russell Bloodworth has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute’s District Council representing Memphis and the Mid-South. He most recently served as assistant chairman to the previous chair, Frank Ricks of Looney Ricks Kiss.

56. Airport Authority Files Permit For Parking Garage, Rental Car Facility -

2491 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $135 Million

Project Cost: $150 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2009
Completion: TBA
Owner: Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Tenant: Memphis International Airport
Contractor: TBA
Architect: Walker Parking Consultants

57. Events -

The Memphis Business Xchange will hold a networking luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonefish Grill, 1250 N. Germantown Parkway. Cost is $30 in advance and $35 onsite. To register, visit www.networktn.com.

58. Events -

Talk Shoppe will host a presentation by Jim Piatchek and Jo Garner titled “Speed Networking that is Out of this World” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

59. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Ruth McCambridge, editor of The Nonprofit Quarterly, will be the facilitator. 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. Events -

The Center City Commission Diversity Committee will meet today at 1:30 p.m. at the Center City Commission office, 114 N. Main St. For more information, call Jay Goff at 575-0582.

61. Le Bonheur Files Permit For FedExFamilyHouse -

918 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Permit Amount: $5.2 Million

Project Cost: $5.2 million
Permit Date: Applied September 2009
Completion: Fall 2010
Owner: Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center
Tenant: FedExFamilyHouse
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

62. Foreclosed Condos Still Might Go Like Hotcakes -

Juan Sanford knows a good building when he sees one. As an architect at Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc., the former Downtown resident is impressed with the look and feel of the Nettleton, a four-story, 36-unit condominium building at 435 S. Front St. in the South Main Historic Arts District.

63. Economies of Scale -

The dynamics of a bleak economy render a simple equation when applied to the architecture and design industry.

If financing is tight, then fewer construction projects are started. If fewer construction projects are started, then the need for architectural firms to create blueprints and design buildings also diminishes. And if there’s a decreased need for architectural firms, then some companies are forced to cut staff and many more to implement hiring freezes.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. Work Begins on Habitat’s Green Neighborhood -

Trinity Park, the first all-green neighborhood being developed by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, reached an important milestone last week when crews began site work on the project.

After years of fundraising – and those efforts are still under way – the $3.1 million, 38-home neighborhood will begin taking form on 8.6 acres at Winchester and Tchulahoma roads in Oakhaven near Memphis International Airport.

67. Saint Francis Weight Loss Center Appoints Weaver Medical Director -

Virginia Weaver has been appointed medical director of the Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss.

68. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Building 10,000-Square-Foot Facility -

2424 Appling Road
Memphis, TN 38133
Permit Amount: $2.3 Million

Project Cost: TBA
Permit Date: Applied November 2008
Completion: Summer 2009
Owner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Tenant: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Contractor: Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc.
Architect: Renaissance Group

69. LG&W FCU to Build Headquarters, Branch -

The LG&W Federal Credit Union has filed a $1.8 million permit application with the city-county Department of Construction Code Enforcement to build a 7,800-square-foot, single-story headquarters and full-service branch at 1616 Whitten Road, just south of the Interstate 40-Whitten Road interchange.

70. Hottel Appointed Dean At UT College of Dentistry -

Dr. Timothy L. Hottel has been appointed dean for the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

Hottel currently serves as executive associate dean and chief financial officer, associate dean for academic and financial affairs, division chief for primary care, professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, and interim chair of the Department of Cariology and Restorative Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Ford Lauderdale, Fla.

71. Lightman Realty to Begin Phase II of Centennial Gardens -

7751 Centennial Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $10.6 Million

Project Cost: $14 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2008
Completion: 2010
Owner: Michael Lightman Realty Co.
Tenant: Michael Lightman Realty Co.
Contractor: Patton & Taylor Construction Co.
Architect: MMH Hall Architects and Planners Inc

72. U of M Appoints Meredith Director of Admissions -

Dr. Todd Preston has joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Otolaryngology as a specialist in head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery. He also has been named assistant professor at UTHSC. Preston comes from the University of Iowa, where he completed his residency in head and neck surgery and was a clinical instructor.

73. Court Square Center Files $5 Million Permit -

The group redeveloping the Lincoln American Tower and Lowenstein Building for mixed use has filed a $5 million building permit to construct an adjacent Court Square apartment building called CA2. All three buildings will have retail and residential space.

74. Salvaggio Group Plans Brownstone Building in G’town -

If success breeds success, as the old saying goes, then The Salvaggio Group LLC’s next project in Old Germantown could be destined for a bright future.

Fresh off the heels of its three-building office complex off Poplar Pike – which sold in one day earlier this year – the Germantown-based development, construction and management firm is planning an equally ambitious structure across the street.

75. Barboro Alley Flats Construction to Begin Oct. 1 -

100 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5.5 Million

Project Cost: $18.2 million
Permit Date: Applied August 2008
Completion: 2010
Owner: 100 South Main Partners
Tenant: TBA
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

76. LaPaloma Treatment Center To Start Building $4 Million Wing -

1248 Lapaloma St.
Memphis, TN 38114
Permit Amount: $4 Million

Project Cost: $4 million
Permit Date: Applied July 2008
Completion: End of year
Owner: LaPaloma Treatment Center
Tenant: LaPaloma Treatment Center
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss
Contractor: Grinder, Tabor & Grinder Inc.
Details: LaPaloma Treatment Center is preparing to break ground on a new wing for its 10-acre campus on Lapaloma Street, south of Lamar Avenue near Foster Avenue in the Defense Depot area.

77. Founders of Grand Events Sell Company’s Warehouse -

3347 Pearson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.5 Million

Sale Date: June 13, 2008
Buyer: Schwarz Properties LLC
Seller: Hoyt Mark White and John Stanley White
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: June 12, 2008
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: BankTennessee
Details: Asheboro, N.C.-based Schwarz Properties LLC has bought the 130,925-square-foot warehouse that houses Grand Events and Party Rentals, which now will lease the space.

78. 115 Union Project Seeks Youth Appeal -

Not everyone who wants to live in Downtown Memphis can afford to pay the six- or seven-figure sum that goes with owning a condominium.

That’s what the development group behind one of Downtown’s latest real estate projects had in mind when it bought and began the process of renovating the four-story brick building at 115 Union Ave. The building, which is more than 100 years old and is the former home of the photography business Blue Light Studio, is being turned into a new residential space.

79. 100 S. Main to See Progress This Week -

The long development process and occasional setbacks that have come with filling what's been referred to as the giant hole on Main Street have taken several years to work through. But a new five-story mixed-use development is planned for the site - a project that was given the green light last year - and construction could begin as soon as early fall.

80. Archived Article -

7656, 7658 and 7660 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138
Permit Amounts: $800,000, $780,000 and $660,000

Project Cost: $3.5 million

81. MATCU to BuildBranch in Frayser -      Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union filed application last week to build a 3,700-square-foot, full-service branch at 961 Whitney Ave. in Frayser, east of U.S. 51.
     The building permit was

82. New Resembles Old -

Old Germantown soon will have a new office product when The Salvaggio Group LLC completes its $3.5 million, three-building development at 7656 and 7658 Poplar Pike, in the heart of town.

The company - whose partners are former Germantown Mayor Charles Salvaggio and his sons, Tony and Jerome - has sold the three lots that comprise the 1.4-acre property and will begin construction within the next few weeks with completion set for Oct. 1.

83. 200-Lot Subdivision Gives Hernando 'Something Different' -

For 32 years, Richie Burnette has lived in Hernando and watched DeSoto County rise from a sleepy country community to a thriving metropolitan suburb.

More than that, as owner of the development firm The Burnette Co., this lifelong Northwest Mississippian helped pave the way for DeSoto to become the fastest-growing community in the Mid-South and one of the fastest in the nation.

84. General Washburn Project to Bring 42 Apartments to S. Main -

60-62 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $1.4 million

Loan Date: Oct. 30, 2007

Maturity Date: n/a

85. Luxury on the River -

Its 28-room hotel opened in late October and its two restaurants opened last week. Now, the River Inn of Harbor Town is poised to become one of Downtown's premier destinations for business and leisure travelers - and also for Memphians looking for a quick getaway or gourmet meal.

86. Midtown Dev. Corp. Elects Board, Seeks Nonprofit Status -

A group of people has come together with the goal of mapping a growth strategy and revitalizing Midtown Memphis.

The Midtown Development Corp. (MDC), originally called the Midtown Redevelopment Corp., is a gathering of Midtown stakeholders such as business owners, neighborhood associations, architects and residents who want to address issues ranging from safety to beautification.

87. Proposed Apartment Development Draws Opposition from Neighbors -

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is planning to build a four-story apartment building with a maximum of 202 units and an accompanying parking garage along a tree-lined, residential stretch of Park Avenue.

88. New Architecture Program Gathers Steam at U of M -

Since he arrived at the University of Memphis a decade ago, architecture professor Michael Hagge has been trying to establish a master of architecture (M.Arch) at the school.

Hagge, director of the architecture department, knew the degree would give the U of M a distinct advantage when recruiting or retaining students and preparing them to become architects.

89. FedEx Continues WorkOn New Hacks Cross Building -      FedEx Corp. is continuing work on a new building at 3690 Hacks Cross Road, part of an expansion at FedEx World Headquarters. The Memphis-based corporation filed a $5 million building permit for interior work with the cit

90. Fairgrounds RedevelopmentHolds First Meeting -      The Mid-South Fairgrounds Redevelopment Committee is holding the first of a series of community meetings to discuss proposed changes to the fairgrounds Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Christian Brothers University, 6

91. Sports Complex Coming To East Shelby County -

For all the time, energy and money Chris Talley is spending on his indoor sports complex at the southeast corner of Houston Levee and Walnut Grove roads, perhaps the wisest investment he's made was a pair of boots so he can plod through the mud.

92. Alums Reflect on Gains While Leadership Academy Master's Class Celebrates First Decade in City -

Former Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division president and current mayoral candidate Herman Morris was one of the city's first leaders to go through the master's class at The Leadership Academy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

93. City Weighs Gridiron ADA Compliance -

"Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down," President George H.W. Bush said during the 1990 signing ceremony for the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

His remarks that morning, according to a transcript of the ceremony, also included comments directed at the business community, words that are especially relevant in Memphis today.

94. Relationships, Client Needs Behind Husch Eppenberger Offshoot -

Jennifer Ziegenhorn is not from Memphis, but after more than 13 years practicing law here, says she is beginning to feel very much at home in the Bluff City.

Ziegenhorn moved to Memphis right after graduating from law school at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 1993.Ziegenhorn recently was promoted to equity partner of the Memphis office of Husch & Eppenberger LLC. She also will head the firm's commercial litigation and dispute resolution group.

95. Collaboration Between Hernando Officials and Developers Could Be First In Region, Nation -

HERNANDO - During the last decade, the 1,139 acres known as the Banks land just west of Hernando have been the focus of much debate.

The land, a mixture of rolling hills, open pasture and woodlands that begins near the historic square at Elm Street and Miss. 304 and continues north to Pine Tree Loop, begins the scenic highway that heads west.

96. Give 'Em Credit: Teachers' Credit Union Official Says New Branches Will Keep It Competitive -

New MATCU Branches on
Union Avenue and White Station Road
Project Cost: Not released

Permit Date: Dec. 4, 2006

97. Crone Named Fellow of Memphis Bar Foundation -

Alan Crone, attorney and co-founder of Crone & Mason PLC, has been named a fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. The appointment was made at the annual joint meeting of the Memphis Bar Association and its charitable arm, the Memphis Bar Foundation, Sept. 11. Read more about Crone in tomorrow's Law Talk feature.

98. ISRAEL ON TAP TONIGHT -

Everyone knows the scenario.

You're on the hunt for a new house, and as soon as you've found that certain address with all the right mix of charm, elegance and elbow room, it becomes apparent, even if there's no accounting for it: This is the one.

99. Operation FeedCampaign a Success -      The Memphis Food Bank's workplace food drive, Operation Feed, has collected more than 300,000 pounds of food and $251,000 - an equivalent of 1.5 million pounds of food.
     Employees from 60

100. Park Alliance Changes Name, Elects New Board, Restructures -      The Shelby Farms Park Alliance - formerly known as the Friends of Shelby Farms Park - has restructured its organization and elected a new board of directors, spanning the top talent of many local businesses and civic org