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1. Winter Drags Down Q1 Building Permits -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry, plagued by poor weather early in 2014, got off to a slow start in the first quarter, with builders filing 14.2 percent fewer permits than in the same three-month period a year ago.

2. New Home Permits See Slight Bump -

Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 64 permits in January, up from 57 permits filed in January 2013 and 53 permits in December 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

3. Pioneering Woman -

It was 2004 and Kim Grant Brown had just finished her junior year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

During the break from her studies, Grant Brown, then 20 years old, acquired a loan and built her first house in Arlington.

4. CubeSmart Sells Storage Facility for $7.9 Million -

2700 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $7.9 million

Sale Date: Nov. 4, 2013
Buyer: WCP/DSSH Holdings 16 LLC
Seller: CubeSmart LP
Details: Wayne, Va.-based self-storage real estate investment trust CubeSmart LP has sold the U-Store-It facility at 2700 Poplar Ave. in the 38112 ZIP code for $7.9 million.

5. Harbor Island Buys Land, Files Loan for Apartments -

Harbor Island Partners LLC has acquired 10.5 acres on Mud Island and filed a construction loan for a 134-unit apartment complex on the property.

6. Shelby County Building Permits ‘Stable’ in August -

Shelby County home building activity was relatively flat in August, with builders pulling slightly more permits while selling fewer new homes compared to August 2012.

Homebuilders pulled 72 permits in August, up 9 percent from 66 permits filed in August 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

7. Groups Race to Hire, Train 'Obamacare' Guides -

CHICAGO (AP) – With the program known as "Obamacare" only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who've never had it.

8. Building Permit Activity Cools in July -

Shelby County home building activity cooled in July, with builders pulling fewer permits and selling fewer new homes compared to July 2012.

Homebuilders pulled 77 permits in July, down 6.1 percent from 82 permits filed in July 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The average permit in July measured 2,958 square feet and $225,199 compared to 3,080 and $229,633 in July 2012.

9. Shelby County Building Permits Increase 5 Percent -

Editor's Note: The original story that ran in the June 13 issue of The Daily News contained inaccurate building permit data. The story has been corrected and appears below. The Daily News regrets the error.

10. Corporate Contribution -

On a beautiful spring morning last week more than 100 local FedEx employees came together along the banks of the Wolf River to do a beautiful thing.

It was the 40th anniversary of FedEx, whose employees volunteered with the Wolf River Conservancy to pull up invasive privet, plant wildflowers and trees, paint sewer vents and build nesting boxes for indigenous birds.

11. Market Stability -

Home permit activity held stable for the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, and local builders expect to see continued gradual improvement through this year and into next.

12. Solid Foundation -

Local homebuilders filed 26 percent more permits in 2012 than 2011, the culmination of a dramatic change in the market that began last May.

Shelby County saw 884 permits filed in 2012, up from 700 in 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Overall, sales of new houses in 2012 were basically unchanged with 774 new home sales recorded for the year compared to 781 recorded in 2011.

13. Permits Up 89 Percent in October -

Local homebuilders filed 89 percent more new home permits during October compared to October of last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 83 permits last month, a healthy boost from the 44 filed during October 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. October permits also posted a 6 percent increase from the 78 permits filed during September.

14. Residential Greening -

There was a time not so long ago when potential homebuyers had to demand energy efficiency in new homes.

Nowadays, green features are more of an expectation than an extra.

“I would venture to say that just about everybody asks about energy efficiency,” said Martha Fondren, director of sales and marketing for Grant & Co. “They may not say it in those words, but they ask us about what kind of furnaces we are using, what kind of faucets, what kind of insulation. What are the standard things that people can expect when they walk in the home in order to save them money on the utility bills because that’s a huge expense.”

15. Grant to Enhance West Memphis Port -

The rails at the Port of West Memphis will meet the edge of the levee with $10.9 million in federal funding announced last week in Washington.

The port won funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the TIGER – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery – grant program.

16. Homebuilding Permits Rise During May -

May’s new home permit totals saw a significant upswing year over year, and homebuilders attribute the improvement to low inventory levels and low interest rates.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 91 permits in May – a 78 percent increase from the 51 filed during May 2011 – according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

17. Gaining Steam -

Local homebuilders filed 20 percent more new home permits during the first quarter compared with the same period last year, but industry experts say the market won’t see significant recovery until next year.

18. $1.5 Million Loan Filed For Future Vantage Point Golf -

Future Vantage Point Golf Center

Loan Amount: $1.5 million

Loan Date: Feb. 28, 2012

Maturity Date: March 1, 2037

Borrower: Vantage Point Holdings LLC

19. Parkview Apartments Sells for $2.6 Million -

Collierville-based Parkview Memphis Apartments LP has bought Parkview Apartments at 4616 Scott Crossing Drive from Los Angeles-based City National Bank for $2.6 million.

20. New Home Permits Climb 29 Pct. -

New home construction was up 28.9 percent last month, and local industry professionals hope the trend continues into spring.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 49 permits in January compared to 38 the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

21. Moore Takes Reins of Home Builders Association -

As a homebuilder, philanthropist and body builder, Jimmy Moore is a well-rounded individual.

And as the newly installed president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, he is poised to lead the trade organization by example and with empathy for its members.

22. Several New Businesses on Tap for South Main -

The Center City Development Corp. at its Wednesday, Nov. 16, meeting will be voting on applications for development incentives totaling almost $27,000 for six Downtown projects that include new restaurants, retail stores and office locations. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission at 114 N. Main St.

23. Grant Installed as State Homebuilders Prez -

Keith Grant of Keith & David Grant Homes LLC was inducted Saturday, Nov. 5, as 2012 president of the Tennessee Homebuilders Association Inc. – more than 50 years after his grandfather called the first meeting in Nashville.

24. Grant Named President of TN Home Builders Assn. -

Keith Grant of Keith & David Grant Homes will be inducted as 2012 president of the Home Builders Association of Tennessee Inc. in a ceremony Nov. 5 at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

25. $8M Apt. Project on Tap for Mud Island -

The developers of a roughly $8 million apartment development planned for Mud Island are scheduled to go before the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, Sept. 13, to apply for a nine-year tax freeze for the project.

26. New Apartment Development Planned for Mud Island -

The developers of a roughly $8 million apartment development planned for Mud Island are scheduled to go before the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday to apply for a 9-year tax freeze for the project.

27. New-Home Permits Improve 12 Percent -

Local homebuilder permits saw a healthy bump last month, and industry experts said the rest of year looks promising as well.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 61 permits in July, an 11.7 percent increase from 55 filed the same month a year ago and a 35.5 percent increase from 45 filed in June, according to the real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

28. MC Ionic Solutions US Begins Work on Fite Rd. Site -

2665 Fite Road
Memphis, TN 38127
Permit Amount: $1.3 million

Permit Date: Applied July 2011

29. Grants Buy Lots in Kensington PD -

Three companies related to the Grant family of homebuilders have bought the remaining 105 lots in Arlington’s Kensington Planned Development for a combined $2.6 million from BancorpSouth Bank. Kensington was approved for 109 lots on 45.4 acres.

30. Builder Struggles Continue Into Spring -

As permits decline and construction costs rise, local builders urge prospective buyers to act now before the price of new homes continues to climb.

Shelby County builders filed 46 new home permits in April, a 58 percent decrease from 111 permits in April 2010, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

31. MLGW Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division officials Wednesday unveiled a set of 69 proposed sites for stations to charge electric vehicles.

The sites across Shelby County include seven Memphis public libraries as well as the Millington public library and seven MLGW facilities that would add the electric charging stations.

32. Homebuilding Points to Improvement -

Shelby County builders filed 70 permits last month – a 16.7 percent increase from 60 permits in February 2010 – a sign that the market may be able to salvage a decent first quarter.

February’s activity also marked a 191.7 percent leap from January’s showing with 24 permits and an 89.2 percent uptick from December’s 37, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

33. Grant & Co. to Launch Joint Advertising Initiative -

As companies reduce advertising efforts to cope with the slumping economy, Grant & Co. has created a marketing program with its vendors where they are able to pool their money together for radio advertising.

34. Building Blocks -

Shelby County builders filed 681 new home permits last year, a 13.8 percent increase from 587 permits in 2009 according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

35. CEO Named for Health Information Exchange -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A chief executive officer has been named for Tennessee's Health Information Exchange.

Keith Cox, a health information technology veteran, will lead the creation of a statewide health information exchange for providers, physicians, hospitals, other health care organizations and consumers.

36. Adding Value -

Many of the Mid-South’s most successful homebuilders are weathering the slowdown in home sales across the region by getting creative to lower prices and attract potential buyers.

Sales have been down across the area, and with the traditionally slower winter sales months ahead savvy builders are looking to tweak their product to meet market demands.

37. DeSoto’s Housing Market Levels Out -

The DeSoto County residential market seems to be leveling off after several years of declining numbers. Sales figures for the year-to-date are slightly up, showing small surges and dropoffs after possibly bottoming out in 2008 and 2009.

38. Builders Hoping for Market Turnaround -

Local homebuilders matched the number of new-home permits for the third quarter compared to last year, but the recent data indicates the market is facing a doubled-edged sword.

Homebuilders filed 151 permits in Shelby County during Q3 (July 1 to Sept. 30), just one permit shy from 152 permits the same quarter last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. New homes during Q3 averaged 3,010 square feet and $207,216 in value.

39. Kroger to Build Store In Poplar Plaza -

3444 Plaza Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $10 Million

Project Cost: n/a
Permit Date: Applied September 2010
Completion: n/a
Owner: Kroger, Delta Division
Tenant: Kroger
Contractor: n/a
Architect: n/a

40. Material Costs Shift With Weaker Demand -

The federal first-time buyer tax credit that prompted an increase in home sales – and to a lesser extent, new home construction – earlier this year had a similar impact on the price of building materials.

41. Homebuilding Shows Slight Improvement -

Memphis area homebuilders agree that business is looking up, but they also agree that a complete recovery will be slow in coming.

Local builders filed 725 permits between September 2009 and August 2010, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

42. 23 Lots in Maple Grove Sell for $805,000 -

Twenty-three lots in Arlington’s Maple Grove Planned Development have sold for $805,000. L1 Properties LLC bought the lots, which are in phase two of the development, from Maple Grove Partners.

43. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

44. 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.

45. RiverTown Fetches $1.6M For Six Condo Units -

RiverTown LLC, the company that developed and built RiverTown on the Island condominiums, has sold six units in the complex’s building No. 3 to a pair of investors for a combined $1.6 million.

46. Mortgage Numbers Drop In February -

Like anyone in the real estate business, mortgage bankers have April 30 circled on their calendars.

That’s when the federal homebuyers tax credit is set to expire, bringing an end to the program that gives cash for a home purchase.

47. Poor January Home Starts Blamed on Inclement Weather -

January’s foul weather wreaked havoc on homebuilders, as the barrage of snow, ice and cold temperatures severely limited the ability to start homes.

Shelby County builders filed just 36 new home permits last month, half of December’s 72, but a slight increase from the January 2009 total of 31, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

48. 2010 -

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.

49. New MAHBA Leader Has Deep Roots In Local Industry -

Tommy Byrnes has been building homes longer than he’s been driving. From his preteen days to high school and even through college, Byrnes spent his summers working for the homebuilding business his father, Ronnie, ran with Max Ostner.

50. Byrnes to Take MAHBA Reins -

Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner Investments Inc. will serve as 2010 president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, the group’s executive director, Don Glays, said this week.

51. Residential Building Heats Up in November -

Arlington is back in the news, although this time it has nothing to do with Mayor Russell Wiseman posting remarks on his Facebook page about President Obama and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special.

52. Grand Island Files Permit For Mud Island Apartment Complex -

300 Grand Island Drive
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $12.1 Million

Project Cost: $19 million
Permit Date: Applied November 2009
Completion: 2012
Owner: Grand Island Partners
Tenant: Grand Island
Contractor: Keith and David Grant Homes LLC
Architect: MMH Hall Architects and Planners Inc.

53. Building Permit Filed For Grand Island Apartments -

The group bringing the 204-unit Grand Island apartments to Mud Island has filed a $12.1 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Grand Island Partners, an affiliate of Grant & Co., filed the permit with plans to break ground in the spring, said company president Keith Grant.

54. 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.

55. Arlington Subdivision Coughs to Life -

After a few years of starts and stops, a host of liens and other financial woes, the Cambridge Manor Planned Development in Arlington is finally getting under way.

Grant & Co. paid almost $1.9 million for all 45 lots of the subdivision’s first phase and plans to bring a model home plus six speculative homes to the development within the next 90 to 100 days, said company president Keith Grant.

56. More Building Permits Bode Well for Housing Market -

For the second straight quarter, homebuilders pulled more permits than the previous period, perhaps signaling the beginning of the end for the housing crisis.

Builders started 144 homes during Q3 (July through September), according to the latest data from Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. That marked a 47.3 percent drop from 273 starts in Q3 2008, but it also marked a slight improvement over 141 permits made during the second quarter of 2009.

57. MAHBA Insurance Program To Soothe Skittish Buyers -

The Memphis Area Home Builders Association is launching a mortgage protection insurance program that will cover a homebuyer’s principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) for one year if the buyer becomes involuntarily unemployed.

58. Q2 Building Permits Continue Downward Trend -

The homebuilding industry in the mid-2000s distinguished itself through a record-setting pace – each year it seemingly topped the previous one in terms of housing starts.

Now, the converse of that is true as builders consistently set new lows because of the ongoing housing crunch and credit crisis.

59. Mud Island Apartments to Bolster Existing Condos -

It took a tax break from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. to get the project going, but construction of Grand Island, a $19 million, 204-unit apartment complex slated for Mud Island, got the green light this week and will commence in November.

60. Commission To Consider Fite Road Bridge -

Members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners today will consider $68,000 in funding for environmental and design work on a bridge that would span Fite Road in northern Shelby County from U.S. 51 to Woodstock Boulevard.

61. Initiative Brings Home Closer for Downtown Workers - Local homebuilder Grant & Co. is launching a program it hopes will entice Downtown employees to live closer to their workplaces.

The “Work Downtown, Live Downtown” promotion kicks off this week for the company’s RiverTown on the Island condominiums, providing a variety of incentives to any Downtown worker who buys a home there.

The first phase of RiverTown – on Mud Island just south of HarborTown – was recently completed. Its four buildings contain 39 units, which range from 1,200 to 3,200 square feet and in price from $199,000 to $650,000.

The company spent the past several months doing the standard billboard, radio and print marketing campaign for the development’s condos, selling 12 homes in the process. Now it hopes to jumpstart condo sales activity with this latest promotion.

Grant & Co. president Keith Grant said the company will target Downtown’s largest employers – such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Morgan Keegan & Co., Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, AutoZone and First Tennessee.

Grant figures the Downtown work force must include a huge untapped market of people interested in living closer to their offices.

“There’s 70,000 people that work Downtown and there’s only (27,000) that live Downtown,” he said. “This is an incentive designed specifically for Downtown businesses.”

Touting the perks

The promotion will revolve around “white glove” tours starting Sept. 6 and held each weekend next month to showcase the homes and tout the benefits of living Downtown for those who already work there.

First of all, Grant said the company hopes to single out the convenience factor.

“Rather than fight the traffic, why not live in an area like the Island, where you can relax in the afternoons looking off your balcony at the Mississippi River and not have to worry about driving 30 minutes home,” he said. “You can drive five minutes home, or walk home or take the trolley home.”

Next comes the amenities on and near Mud Island, which have been enhanced in the past few years with numerous shops and services within the HarborTown development and in neighboring Uptown.

“When HarborTown first started, it started kind of slow just because they didn’t have those kinds of amenities – you didn’t have a grocery store to go to, there wasn’t a gas station, there weren’t any schools at the time, no restaurants to speak of,” Grant said. “So, it’s definitely made it a lot nicer to live on the island now that you have all that on that end of Downtown.”

Grant & Co. will offer buyers one of three incentive packages valued at $3,000 each: an appliance package that includes a refrigerator and washer/dryer; an entertainment package that includes a plasma screen TV; and a decorator package that includes a choice of multiple wall colors and blinds.

‘Building the market’

Getting people to move Downtown has proven more difficult this year. Residential sales in Downtown’s 38103 ZIP code declined 32.7 percent in the first seven months of 2008 compared to the same period last year.

Just 224 homes sold from January through July this year, down from 333 in 2007, according to the latest data from Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

Downtown’s condo market, though still the most robust in Shelby County, decreased 33.9 percent through the end July; the year has seen 125 condo sales Downtown compared with 189 in the same period of 2007.

Condo sales Downtown did increase in July from the previous month and the same month a year ago, a positive note in the eyes of Jeff Sanford, president of the Center City Commission.

“No question, the housing market has slowed, but I would suggest that Downtown has fared better than other parts of the community,” Sanford said. “One, apartment occupancy rates have held over 90 percent. Secondly, the number of condos being sold Downtown – while short of what they were in comparable periods two and three years ago – nonetheless are showing strength. These are not the best of times, but Downtown is more than holding its own.”

How much it continues to hold its own remains to be seen. While Grant & Co. harbors long-term plans for RiverTown of bringing 200 homes to the site, that is on hold until sales of existing units pick up.

Grant said he hopes the latest promotion brings the needed spark.

“One of the reasons we developed it the way we did with multiple buildings was so we could continue at a pace that fits the market,” Grant said. “Some people have to put up a building with 50 or more units in it, then what happens is you encounter a slower market like we’re in now and you slash prices to move property. In our situation, we’re building to the market. We’ll start new buildings as we sell the homes that we have now.”

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62. Keith and David Grant HomesFinances Lots in Two Devs. -      Memphis homebuilder Keith and David Grant Homes LLC has taken out a $3.2 million construction loan and a $3.2 million revolving line of credit, both through SunTrust Bank, secured by property in Bartlett and Lakeland sub

63. Down Time -

It was the year the Cordova headquarters of Shelby County's largest homebuilder was foreclosed and sold at auction.

Yet 2007 was the same year that four homebuilders broke ground on the massive six-phase Villages at White Oaks development near Arlington.

64. Builders Hand OutAwards at Gala -      The Memphis Area Home Builders Association (MAHBA) closed the year - and began looking toward 2008 - late last week at its inaugural gala and awards ceremony, held in the ballroom of the association's Cordova headquarter

65. Numbers Confirm That '07 Construction Went From High-Octane to Running on Fumes -

As president of one of Memphis' largest homebuilders and a 35-year industry veteran, Jerry Gillis of FaxonGillis Homes had no trouble summing up construction activity during the past year: "It started out with a bang and ended with a whimper." Indeed it did.

66. Collins to ServeAs 2008 MAHBA President -      Doug Collins of Sovereign Homes LLC and Prudential Collins-Maury Realtors will serve as president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association for 2008.
     He has been a member of the asso

67. Barrett Opens Design and Marketing Firm -

Stefanie Barrett has opened Barrett Creative, a full-service graphic design and marketing firm. Barrett has more than 15 years of experience. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and Women on the Move, and serves as the marketing sponsor for the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) and the Small Business Chamber.

68. Local Investment CompanyBuys Collierville Property -      Local investor Grant Properties LLC has bought vacant lots in Collierville's The Villages at Porter Farms in Collierville. Two sales deeds for $2 million and $2.1 million were signed Sept. 27.
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69. Slippery Slope -

For numerous homebuilders, the Mid-South Parade of Homes can't come soon enough.

As home sales continue to slide, the buzz created by the debut of this four-county, 161-home bonanza - with its wide variety of builders, locales and price points - could be the shot in the arm that many companies need to finish the year strong.

70. Local Family to Leave Thursday for San Diego Dream Trip -

Seven-year-old Will Pappas had no idea his wish was about to come true.

When he arrived at the Memphis Zoo last Wednesday, he thought his family was just visiting before yet another doctor's appointment.

71. Down But Not Out -

When reached by cell phone while traveling in Florida last week, Jerry Gillis was asked to comment on the sharp decline in Shelby County residential building permits during second quarter 2007.

Gillis, president of FaxonGillis Homes and a 35-year industry veteran, wasn't overly concerned about the downward spiral that resulted in 56.9 percent fewer permits filed between April 1 and June 30 than in the same period last year, according to Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

72. Message is Clear: Buy Houses Now -

"Buy Now." The message is simple, succinct and straight to the point.

And its messenger hopes those two little words will inspire anyone considering a home purchase to follow through.

The Memphis Area Home Builders Association (MAHBA) launched its "Buy Now" campaign earlier this month with hopes of generating new interest in home buying, which has slumped of late nationwide, even in Shelby County.

73. Age-Restricted Subdivision In Lakeland Points To Growing Trend -

Keith and David Grant Homes LLC, a division of Grant & Co. Builders, is in the midst of completing the final phase of a development designed for people older than 55.

Sterling Place is an age-restricted community in Lakeland. When it's completed within the next year, the development will have 120 lots, 69 of which already have been sold.

74. Corporate Relocations, Real Estate Market Contribute To Memphis' 'Best Cities' Ranking -

Memphis is being touted as one of the best cities for moving families.

Last month, a study by Memphis-based Primacy Relocation and Worldwide ERC ranked the city 19th among metro areas with more than 1.2 million people.

75. Groundbreaking to be HeldFor Mud Island Condos -      Keith and David Grant of RiverTown LLC are holding a groundbreaking Tuesday for RiverTown Luxury Condominiums. The property is on the last area of developable land on Mud Island.
     The Gra

76. MAHBA Appoints GlaysAs New Executive Director -      The Memphis Area Home Builders Association (MAHBA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Don Glays as the association's new executive director.
     Glays, who will start Monday, brings 20

77. First Phase Construction Begins On Mud Island Condos -      Keith and David Grant have begun construction on phase one of a 200-unit condominium complex on Mud Island, which consists of the first 86 units.
     RiverTown on the Island has units rangi

78. End of the 'Flywheel Effect' -

First-quarter residential building permits in Shelby County tumbled for the second consecutive year, according to Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

In the first quarter of 2007, 720 residential permits were filed. That's down 20 percent from the 901 filed in first quarter 2006, which is down 24.1 percent from the 1,187 filed in first quarter 2005.

79. Home Building, Industry Leadership Runs in Keith Grant's Blood -

You could say Keith Grant was born to build homes. You also could say he was born to become president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association (MAHBA).

Grant is a third-generation home builder who became association president in January. His father, Richard, served in that role in 1979, and his grandfather, Carl, started the family tradition by serving as president in 1959.

80. Builders, Developers Could Pay Hefty Fines For Not Following New Erosion Rules -

April showers bring May flowers, but rain throughout the year brings the potential for tainted waterways.

Without protective measures, rainwater can flow through a construction site and carry dirt and other debris into storm drains. The muddied water then can enter rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and wildlife habitats.

81. Sheriff Mark LuttrellTo Receive National Honor -      Shelby County Sheriff Mark H. Luttrell Jr. will be honored as Local Official of the Year this month by the National Association of Home Builders. The Memphis Area Home Builders Association nominated Luttrell for the awar

82. Family Ties: Bartlett subdivision brings together four building companies under the Grant family umbrella -

Lots in
Elpine Gray Estates
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Jan. 9, 2007

Maturity Date: Jan. 9, 2008

83. Mayor Herenton's Executive Assistant Moves to MLGW -

Gale Jones Carson has been named director of corporate communications for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. In her new executive-level position, she will report directly to MLGW president and CEO Joseph Lee III. She previously was executive assistant to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

84. Prestidge Chosen to Head Kroger Delta Division -

Mark Prestidge has been promoted to president of The Kroger Co.'s Delta Division. The Delta Division is based in Memphis and includes 111 Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Prestidge succeeds Richard Tillman, who recently announced his retirement after a 42-year career with Kroger. Prestidge previously served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Southwest Division.

85. NuVasive Moves Into Memphis Biotech Sector -

The prescription being offered to medical device makers by the City of Memphis is a fascinating thing to watch because it can be distilled into two simple words: Come hither.

Some of the most potent ingredients in that prescription include Memphis' central location and FedEx's presence in the city. Both of those are key reasons behind the recent purchase of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Memphis by NuVasive Inc., a San Diego-based company that manufactures devices for minimally invasive spinal surgery.

86. Keith Kirkland Recognized For Wolf River Conservancy Efforts - Memphis-based International Paper and the environmental nonprofit organization The Conservation Fund have recognized Keith Kirkland, executive director of the Wolf River Conservancy, for outstanding efforts to protect natural resources through leader

87. Keith and David Grant HomesPlans Wellsgate Construction - Keith and David Grant Homes LLC has filed a $2 million mortgage through First Tennessee Bank NA for 10 lots in Wellsgate Subdivision. The developers bought the lots May 2 from Beazer Homes Corp. for $531,500. South of Old Brownsville Road and west of

88. Speed Gets Swift Nod as Shareholder in Firm's Memphis Office -

Lea Hall Speed has been named shareholder for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's Memphis office. Speed is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group and an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association's intellectual property section.

89. Countywide Trail Project Gains Momentum -

In the coming months and years, more Memphians will be able to forgo traffic-clogged thoroughfares for peaceful rambles along what eventually will be a 22-mile, countywide network of walking trails.

90. YMCA Board of Directors Names New CEO -

The YMCA metropolitan board of directors named Keith G. Johnson CEO of YMCA of the Memphis & the Mid-South. Johnson is a 27-year YMCA veteran who has served in various positions in Atlanta, Fort Worth and New Orleans. His earliest position with YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South was as vice president and executive director of the Fogelman Downtown YMCA. He graduated from Georgia State University.

91. Archived Article -

3475 Steve Road
and 1747 Morlye Place
Cost: $5.3 million

Buyer: Prescott Place Apartments LP

Seller: Prescott Place LP

92. Charleston Mayor to Speak at Architecture Month Event -

Sept. 19

The City of Memphis Department of Public Works presents a discussion on the importance of keeping our water clean from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Memphis Police Department Downtown Precinct, 545 S. Main St. Contact Sharon Gordon at 299-4265.

93. Public Administrator Named for Probate Court -

The Shelby County Commission appointed Scott Peatross to the position of public administrator in Shelby County Probate Court. Peatross is a partner in the law firm of Bateman Gibson LLC. He graduated from Rhodes College and Tulane Law School.

94. Archived Article: Daily Digest - University Tower Condo Units

University Tower Condos

Sell for $3.7 Million

Cameron LC has purchased 149 units in University Tower Condominiums from Larry and Merrel Durham for $3.7 million, according to The Daily News Public Records Databas...

95. Archived Article: Real Focus - Real

Added Incentives Push Builders to Stay in City

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

As home builders continue to meet success in surrounding areas such as DeSoto and Fayette counties, Memphis and Shelby County leaders find themselves wanting ...

96. Archived Article: Newsmakers - (e-photo) Virginia M

Memphis Area Legal Services Hires Staff Attorney

Virginia M. Alexander was hired as a staff attorney with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. to work on MALS family/domestic violence project. Alexander previously was a sole p...

97. Archived Article: Real Recap - STACEY On the second one down, I used the term Peabody Place Centre Condominium etc

Greystar Refinances Preserve at Southwind 7991 Capilano Drive

Memphis, TN 38125

Cost: $17.1 million

Borrower: Southwind Multifamily LP

Lender: Metropo...

98. Archived Article: Real Recap - 1089 Vollentine Ave

Investment Trust Finances Land Near Raines Two tracts in

Raines developments

Cost: $12.5 million

Borrower: US Industrial REIT, a Texas real estate investment trust

Lender: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. 99. Archived Article: Real Review - (03165883) The Shops of Chickasaw Gardens LLC financed $4

Keith and David Grant Homes LLC financed $1.5 million through First Tennessee Bank National Association, securing the loan with 10 lots in the Arlington Trace Subdivision, according to a t...

100. Archived Article: Daily Digest - FedEx Freight wins

FedEx Freight wins

top safety award
FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Freight East received a first place award in the American Trucking Associations National Fleet Safety Contest in the line haul carrier category for over 1...