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1. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

2. Initiatives Geared at Boosting Owner-Occupied Housing -

Nearly a third of all homes in Shelby County are owned by investors, a fact which has state and city leaders looking for ways to stem the tide and encourage locals to buy into their communities through owner-occupied homeownership.

3. Last Word: The Catechism of 1968, Downtown Hotels and Earth Day on Auto Row -

What happened 49 years ago this week in our city began long before the first sanitation worker walked off the job or the first “I Am A Man” sign was made. Maybe it was that long arc that explains the timing of what happened here in late March into the first week of April of 1968. For just about half a century now we have thought and thought again about that chronology, reviewed the details. And what we have is a sort of catechism of moments that if they had happened differently, we can’t help thinking, might have produced a different result.

4. Investor Dominance in Residential Real Estate Shows Signs of Change -

Investors buying single-family homes to rent them out or have a management firm rent them out may be giving way to banks more willing to make loans on lower-priced homes to owner-occupants.

“I would say the most interesting and big dynamic is folks who come in and buy a house for $20,000 these days, fix it up – sometimes well, sometimes poorly – sell it to a person in California for $64,000 – keep the rental management. And sometimes that helps a street and a neighborhood and sometimes it’s destructive,” said Steve Lockwood, executive director of the Frayser Community Development Corp. on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

5. African-American Homeownership Rates Remain Low Despite Strong Housing Market -

With average home sales prices recently hitting an all-time high, it’s easy to get excited about the future of Memphis’ housing market.

However, even as the city seems poised to move forward and finally shake off the last vestiges of the Great Recession, there is one piece to the puzzle that is missing in a big way.

6. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

7. Community Groups Working to Bridge Economic Development Gaps -

When a $1 million award for North Memphis was announced recently, it signaled an opportunity to bring change to those communities.

North Memphis received a $1 million award through the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) that went to the Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities. But in the Klondike and Smokey City neighborhoods of North Memphis, work has been underway for years to support the people who live and work there in the form of the Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corp.

8. Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

9. Strickland Says Budget Will Include Police Pay Raise -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will propose a pay raise for Memphis Police officers in his upcoming budget proposal.

10. Last Word: The Borders of Violence, Guilty Verdict and Blue Suede Security -

Whenever there is a shooting of or near school children, one of the first things that happens once the police have investigated is detailing exactly where the incident happened – specifically whether it was actually on school property or near school property.

11. Editorial: Despite Inherent Tension, We Need to Keep Talking -

You don’t see a lot of construction cranes in Memphis. It’s not the symbol of our emergence from the national recession that it is in other cities.

But make no mistake, development and the money to finance it is back in Memphis. It just has a different face.

12. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

13. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves -

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

14. The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

15. City Planners Start Memphis 3.0 Kickoff Rallies Monday -

City planners begin gathering public input Monday, Nov. 28, for the city’s first comprehensive development plan since 1981.

The Memphis 3.0 plan kickoff rallies begin with a session at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins Road in Frayser. That’s followed by 13 other sessions through Dec. 10 at other city community centers as well as East High School, the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Cossitt Library.

16. Memphis 3.0 Plan Weighs Scale Of Development -

Office towers close to smaller-scale retail or residential development is one of the themes in the still emerging plan for the expansion of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Pinch district.

17. City’s Bicentennial in 2019 Prompts Memphis 3.0 Plan to Map Future -

The city of Memphis turns 200 years old in 2019. And the city’s bicentennial is the target date for the roll out of a comprehensive city plan the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is calling Memphis 3.0.

18. New Houston Levee Community Center Sees the Real-Life Needs in Cordova -

When Tonya Bradley was an executive with the Mid-South Food Bank she saw time and again that hunger didn’t respect people’s stereotypes or ZIP codes, that families anywhere in the Memphis area could find themselves in a tough position.

19. Town Hall Meetings Reflect Shift in Protest Discussions -

Almost three months after Black Lives Matter movement protestors shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and as a result, opened talks with the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, some of the civic discussion has moved to economic issues.

20. Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis -

Gestalt Community Schools will not be running Humes Preparatory Academy Middle and Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary schools after the end of the current school year, the charter school announced Friday, Oct. 7.

21. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

22. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

23. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

24. Crosstown High, 4 Other Charter Schools Win Approval -

Shelby County Schools board members approved a new Crosstown High charter school Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Crosstown Concourse development and four other new charters for the 2017-2018 school year.

25. SCS Board Approves Crosstown, Four Other Charters, Rejects Three -

Shelby County Schools board members approved a new Crosstown High charter school Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Crosstown Concourse development and four other new charters for the 2017-2018 school year.

26. SCS Board Approves Crosstown, Four Other Charters, Rejects Three -

Shelby County Schools board members approved a new Crosstown High charter school Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Crosstown Concourse development and four other new charters for the 2017-2018 school year.

27. SCS Board To Vote on Crosstown High Charter Application -

Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a special school board meeting on a proposed Crosstown High charter school in the Crosstown Concourse development.

And the SCS administration is recommending the school board approve the application along with those of four other charter schools and deny charter applications from three other charter organizations.

28. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting -

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

29. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

30. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

31. Frayser Targeted as Pilot Area for Citywide Fight Against Blight -

Last week, a wrecking team demolished a single-family home in the Washington Heights neighborhood in South Memphis. The effort, organized by United Housing Inc. and backed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the first of its kind to take place.

32. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

33. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

34. Events -

Church Health Center’s Farmers Market kicks off its 2016 season Tuesday, June 7, at 1115 Ave. A healthy cooking class begins at 9 a.m.; the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.

35. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold an opening reception for “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” by Amy Hartelust and Chloe Yorl on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The exhibition is on display through June 30. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4100.

36. Workforce Officials Bringing Job Coaches to Frayser -

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave., on Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Coach staff will help area residents complete online applications, create resumes and register on Jobs4TN.

37. Workforce Officials Bringing Job Coaches to Frayser -

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave., on Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Coach staff will help area residents complete online applications, create resumes and register on Jobs4TN.

38. Demolition Begins On Raleigh Springs Mall Property -

With the business end of a Volvo crawler excavator, Memphis City Council member Bill Morrison kicked off the start of demolition Saturday, May 7, at the Raleigh Springs Mall.

39. Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path -

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

City facilities like libraries and police precincts would be the anchors and encourage private retail development in them.

40. Herenton Pitches Two New Schools For Juvenile Offenders -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton began Wednesday, May 4, with an appeal that got the attention of Shelby County Commissioners. “We don’t want your money,” he told 11 of the 13 commissioners in committee sessions as he pitched two new residential campuses for children in juvenile detention.

41. EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes -

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

At its April 20 meeting, EDGE board chairman Al Bright appointed a committee to evaluate a proposed Fast Track PILOT and hammer out its policies and procedures.

42. Strickland’s First Budget Includes Police Raise -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presents his first budget proposal Tuesday, April 19, to the Memphis City Council just four months after taking office as mayor.

43. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

44. Last Word: Lipscomb's Successor, MATA School Buses and Roland's Big Breakfast -

Paul Young gets a lot more attention these days than he did when he was the first director of the city-county Office of Sustainability. The attention comes with being the city director of Housing and Community Development where virtually all of the funding comes from the federal government.
That federal funding has changed the face of public housing in the city in the last 25 years. There is only one large public housing project left in the city as a result of the federal funding and its use by Young’s predecessor, Robert Lipscomb.
And what Lipscomb did with the job combined with being the executive director of the Memphis Housing Authority is why a lot of people want to get to know Paul Young these days.
Our centerpiece story by Madeline Faber in Tuesday’s edition makes clear that Young has no desire to wield that kind of power. And it is unlikely anyone in the near future will have the kind of autonomy Lipscomb did.
But beyond that there is still the flow of a lot of federal dollars and Young has some ideas based on his experience in government and finance prior to coming to HCD – everything in government is initials.
It’s a much different experience than Lipscomb’s. Lipscomb coined the phrase “ending public housing as we know it” and at times that slogan wasn’t followed with a lot of detail about what came after public housing was demolished, especially with the first of the projects to fall.
The last public housing project, Foote Homes, will be demolished on Young’s watch which makes his tenure important if more limited than Lipscomb’s tenure.

45. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

46. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

47. Last Word: Post Caucus, Fincher's Exit, 1919 Handwriting and Your Rolodex -

That close (very little light between index finger and thumb) between Clinton and Sanders in Iowa Monday evening.
Both live to fight another day in another state—New Hampshire.
And because it is Iowa – they each get to declare victory as long as they don’t go into a lot of detail about the totals.
This is one of those cases where it is like horsehoes and hand grenades – close does count.

48. New Tax Incentive Aims to Boost Declining Memphis Neighborhoods -

Just north of Interstate 40, the commercially empty gateways to the Frayser neighborhood between North Hollywood Street and North Watkins Street are hardly fit to accommodate the thousands of vehicles that pass by every day.

49. ‘Bigger Than Ballet’ -

As a child growing up in Frayser with an unstable home life, Briana Brown latched on to dance classes at the New Ballet Ensemble & School as a source of stability.

Sitting at her University of Memphis dorm surrounded by psychology textbooks, she is ready to leap into the path built on 11 years of educational and professional development provided by her support system at New Ballet Ensemble.

50. Cadence Bank Supports Memphis Organizations with Direct, Indirect Aid -

Banks are important community institutions not just for the services they provide – consumer loans, small business financing, etc. – but also for the investment they make in communities.

Such investments include the one announced by Cadence Bank recently, a six-figure equity-equivalent investment to River City Capital to support its Small Business Loan Fund.

51. Cadence Announces Support for River City Capital -

Cadence Bank has announced a $200,000 equity-equivalent investment to River City Capital Investment Corp. to support its Small Business Loan Fund.

52. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

53. Frayser Flexibility -

Steve Lockwood could see the retail row across North Watkins Street from his office at the Frayser Community Development Corp. in the Georgian Hills Shopping Center.

54. Memphis Sole -

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

The 2.8 million-square-foot facility – the equivalent of 49 football fields – is Nike Inc.’s largest distribution center in the world.

55. Frayser Community Fair Scheduled for Saturday -

NeighborWorks America’s national NeighborWorks Week puts redevelopment, empowerment and civic pride at center stage with a variety of events, including a Frayser community fair this Saturday.

“We wanted to have a fair that connected neighbors and neighborhoods to resources,” said Amy Schaftlein, director of development at United Housing Inc.

56. Incumbent’s Advantage Faces Test in Mayor’s Race -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. rolls out a new plan for emergency medical services Tuesday, May 10, that is expected to involve some private, nongovernment involvement.

No further details of the announcement were forthcoming from his administration, but it returns the still-forming 2015 race for mayor to an issue that is basic to virtually every mayoral election: public safety.

57. City Blight Efforts Evolve Beyond Demolition -

The Frayser Community Development Corp. knew the house it wanted on University Street. There were plenty to choose from with multiple abandoned houses on the block. But it wanted the worst one, at 3200 University St.

58. City Council to Hear Plan for New Police Strategy -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, April 7, at a new strategy for the Memphis Police Department as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s choices for the new Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

59. Love Song to a City -

As the story goes, Al Green wrote the lyrics to “Let’s Stay Together” in about five minutes. In 1972, the song – which spans just three minutes and 13 seconds – reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

60. EDGE Leader Faults 'Vague' Concerns About Incentives -

The president of the Economic Development Growth Engine wants Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners to approve proposed changes to payment-in-lieu-of taxes incentives the EDGE board grants.

61. Shelby County Foreclosures Dip 22 Percent in 2014 -

Foreclosures took an even sharper dive in 2014 than they did in 2013. Compared to a 15 percent slide from 2012 to 2013, over the past year residential foreclosures in the county slipped 22 percent, from 3,555 in 2013 to 2,787 in 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

62. Ballet Memphis Awarded Grants Totaling $60,000 -

Ballet Memphis has received two national grants totaling $60,000 to support its community and school programs.

The Hearst Foundations awarded Ballet Memphis a $50,000 Culture grant. Ballet Memphis is one of 15 organizations to receive a Culture grant in the latest funding cycle and is the only dance organization in Tennessee honored by the Hearst Foundations this year.

63. Ballet Memphis Awarded Grants Totaling $60,000 -

Ballet Memphis has received two national grants totaling $60,000 to support its community and school programs.

The Hearst Foundations awarded Ballet Memphis a $50,000 Culture grant. Ballet Memphis is one of 15 organizations to receive a Culture grant in the latest funding cycle and is the only dance organization in Tennessee honored by the Hearst Foundations this year.

64. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

65. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

66. Bigger LIFT -

The former Cadence Bank branch on Court Avenue Downtown is the new and bigger home for Community LIFT, the local intermediary with community development corporations founded by a coalition of nonprofits and the city of Memphis four years ago.

67. Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored -

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

68. What Does Local Really Mean? -

I make my living helping retail entrepreneurs, franchisees, national restaurants and retailers find the best home for their business in the Mid-South.

Over the past 11 years, I had the opportunity to work with several national branded franchise quick service restaurants, sometimes known in the industry as a “QSR” concept. Many of these franchises are owned by local Mid-South entrepreneurs.

69. Frayser Town Center Would be Based on Manhattan Park -

The town center plan for Frayser that debuted this past weekend at the first annual “Frayser Day” celebration is built on the model of Bryant Park in Manhattan only on a smaller scale to fit the Frayser Plaza Shopping Center.

70. Civic Celebration -

Shep Wilbun describes “Frayser Day” as “MEMfix on steroids,” referring to the efforts by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team to reanimate business districts or blocks in several parts of the city.

71. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

72. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

73. CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities -

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

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

74. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

75. Jobs Explosion -

Conduit Global will hire 1,000 people over the next three to five years to staff a large call center in Shelby County, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Conduit Global president Bryce Hayes said the New York-based company will start hiring 300 immediately for the $8 million call center serving Verizon.

76. Flipping the Switch -

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

77. GiVE 365 Grants $88,000 to 12 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis made it easier for a dozen Memphis nonprofits to continue the good they do in the community when it announced the recipients of this year’s GiVE 365 grantees last week.

78. Cresthaven Medical Building Sells for $2.5 Million -

1068 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2013

79. Nike Distribution Center Issued $4.4 Million Permit -

The city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement has issued a $4.4 million mechanical permit for work on Nike Inc.’s North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

80. Oakhaven Warehouse Sells After Foreclosure -

4120 Air Trans Road, Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 7, 2013

81. Nike Files $3 Million Permit for Distribution Center -

Nike Inc. has filed a $3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

82. Commitment to Memphis Shows in Wolowicz’s Work -

Melissa Wolowicz is up with the chickens every morning, working to make Memphis a better place.

The new vice president of development for BRIDGES has been raising chickens in her backyard since she, husband Shawn and son Grayson moved into Midtown and a house shaded by a canopy of trees.

83. Council Approves Rehab of Memphis Slim House -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, April 2, a special use permit for converting the old Memphis Slim house at 1130 College St. at McLemore Avenue in Soulsville into a neighborhood arts center. Eric Robertson of Community Lift, the group undertaking the center, said the next step is to assess how much renovation the structure will need.

84. Council Approves Memphis Slim House Renovation -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, April 2, a special use permit for converting the old Memphis Slim house at 1130 College St. at McLemore Avenue in Soulsville into a neighborhood arts center. Eric Robertson of Community Lift, the group undertaking the center, said the next step is to assess how much renovation the structure will need.

85. Council OKs Registry for Blighted Properties -

For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Memphis City Council had delayed final votes on his proposal to require the registration of property to make it easier for the city to find the owners of blighted property.

86. City Council Approves Amended Property Registry -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a partial victory in his emphasis on fighting blight with final Memphis City Council approval Tuesday, April 2, of a property registration ordinance.

But the council amended out a provision in the ordinance that would have required the registration of all property. What is left is a registry of vacant and abandoned property where property taxes are delinquent and code enforcement finds violations.

87. City Council to Vote on Property Registration Ordinance -

Memphis City Council members take up third and final reading Tuesday, April 2, of an ordinance that requires registration and a fee for owners of property within the city.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

88. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

89. Nike Buys Frayser Land From Belz for Expansion -

200 acres in Frayser Sale Amount: $2.2 million

Sale Date: Jan. 24, 2013

Buyer: Nike TN Inc.

90. Nike Buys Frayser Land From Belz for Expansion -

Nike Inc. has paid $2.2 million for about 200 acres of vacant land in Frayser from Belz Investco GP for an expansion of its North Memphis distribution center.

91. 2012 Bankruptcies Steady in Shelby County -

Bankruptcy filings in Shelby County were up slightly in 2012 compared to 2011. Chapter 13 filings with repayment plans made up most of the total.

The 12,471 filings in 2012, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com, were 57 more than for 2011, or a 0.4 percent increase.

92. Public Relations Firm Hosts Business Symposiums -

The Carter Malone Group LLC wants to help area small business owners figure out how the cookie crumbles, so to speak, when it comes to entrepreneurship and owning a business venture.

93. City Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the architect working on that project as well as the overall Fairgrounds renovation for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told council members Tuesday, Jan. 8, plans for the Mid-South Coliseum are still to come.

94. Council Debates Golf Courses Fate -

Four golf courses owned and run by the city of Memphis are closed for the winter season as the Memphis City Council continues to debate the fate of the Whitehaven golf course, one of the four, which was to be closed permanently starting this month.

95. Nike Wins $57.8 Million Tax Break -

Project Victory isn’t in the bag just yet. There is competition. Project Victory is what local economic development officials were calling the proposed $301 million expansion of the Nike Inc. plant in Frayser.

96. Nike Gets 15 Year $57.8 Million PILOT For Tentative Frayser Expansion -

The board of the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved Wednesday, Oct. 17, a 15-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Nike Tn. Inc. for a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser.

97. Foreclosures Continue Rise in Third Quarter -

At a public gathering at Calvary Episcopal Church last week, the city’s Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb lamented the pervasiveness of poverty in Memphis.

98. Council Approves Non Discrimination Ordinance, Adds Resolution -

Memphis City Council members approved on third and final reading an ordinance Tuesday, Oct. 16, that forbids the city from discriminating in hiring, firing or promotion based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

99. City Council to Vote on Discrimination Ordinance -

With a legal opinion from City Attorney Herman Morris in hand, Memphis City Council members on Tuesday, Oct. 16, again take up an ordinance that would ban the city from discriminating in hiring and promotions based on sexual orientation.

100. Momentum Builds as Money to Fight Northaven Blight Arrives -

When Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced in Northaven a week ago a $600,000 effort to fight blight in three parts of unincorporated Shelby, he got a lot of questions about the exact terms for home improvements – half of the funding.