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1. Crosstown Concourse On Prestigious Award List -

Crosstown Concourse has made a shortlist of 15 outstanding adaptive reuse projects from across the world and is the only U.S. project on the list chosen by panel of judges from The Architectural Review.

2. Crosstown Concourse Makes Prestigious AR Awards List -

Crosstown Concourse has made a shortlist of 15 outstanding adaptive reuse projects from across the world and is the only U.S. project on the list chosen by panel of judges from The Architectural Review.

3. First Alliance Bank Inks 10-Year Lease to Move to Clark Tower -

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.


5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

4. Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant -

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

A group of investors spearheaded by Chisca Hotel Developers – Development Services Group – has submitted a $73 million plan to create 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space.

5. Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit -

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

6. Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit -

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

7. Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion -

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

8. Archived Article -

3333 Hacks Cross Road

Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

Project Cost: $17 million

9. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

10. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving into South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

11. South Main Artspace Lofts Sets Sept. 29 Groundbreaking -

The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving in to South Main this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

12. Land Use Board Turns Away Downtown Surfacing Parking Lot Proposal -

City leaders adhering to the mission of density in urban development made their point at a June 9 board meeting of the Land Use Control Board.

The applicant sought approval to construct a block-wide surface parking lot along Pontotoc Avenue between South Front and Wagner streets. The parking lot would be built on vacant land where a warehouse used by Machine Works once stood.

13. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

14. Forest Hill Heights Plan Seeks Community Follow-Up -

Development and government leaders are in the process of crafting a broad development plan for Forest Hill Heights, an area located at the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester roads.

15. Forest Hill Heights Plan Seeks Community Follow-Up -

Development and government leaders are in the process of crafting a broad development plan for Forest Hill Heights, an area located at the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester roads.

16. The Week Ahead: Nov. 30, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from snow and sledding at the Levitt Shell to orientation for members of the new Memphis City Council...

17. New Owner to Revive Long-Vacant Downtown Block -

A group of private investors – led by Memphis businessman Michael Cook – is looking to turn a blighted Downtown block into a mixed-use development with covered parking.

Walk-Off Properties LLC bought the nine-story Hickman Building and its accompanying two-story parking garage on Sept. 30 for $1 million. The building, at 240 Madison Ave., sits across from the Fogelman Downtown YMCA.

18. Artspace Lands Grant, Seeks Design Approval -

Developers of the South Main Artspace Lofts are clearing major hurdles this week with final approval for the building design, a crucial tax incentive decision and a grant from a new-to-Memphis donor.

19. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

20. Central Station Design Plans Come Into Clearer Focus -

A six-screen movie theater and nine multistoried apartment buildings with a total of about 200 units are among the updates in the recently submitted plan for the redevelopment of Central Station.

In its application to the Design Review Board, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, developers submitted their $55 million proposal to turn the Downtown train station into a vibrant mixed-use campus.

21. Rollin' On The River -

When the team of planners and developers behind the Harbor Town community on Mud Island wanted to build slimmer streets to promote a more pedestrian-friendly experience, the city of Memphis said they couldn’t do it.

22. Foote Homes Effort Gets Rebrand, New Details -

With Bass Pro Shops formally opening this week, the next big project on City Hall’s drawing board is a remake of Foote Homes.

The ambitious plan to demolish and rebuild the city’s last large public housing project, using it as a catalyst for redevelopment of the much larger south Downtown into South Memphis area, has been on the books longer than The Pyramid. That’s if you start the timeline with the demolition of the first large housing project, LeMoyne Gardens, in the late 1990s.

23. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. ‘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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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)

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.”

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Redesigned and Rebuilt -

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

43. 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)

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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

74. 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.

75. 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

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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.

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. 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.

81. 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

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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

93. 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

94. New Boutique Hotels Piggyback on Condo Craze -

Memphis rarely is described as a chic city, but upscale hotel projects in Midtown and Harbor Town could work toward changing that.

The 28-room River Inn of Harbor Town is being built at 50 and 51 Harbor Town Square for around $9.3 million, and the America's Best Inn & Suites at 1837 Union Ave. is being renovated to become The Artisan Hotel, Memphis, for around $1.5 million. Together, these projects will bring two boutique hotels to the Bluff City. Boutique hotels tend to be smaller, but offer amenities similar to larger facilities.

95. Highland Street PlanSet to be Unveiled - The first public unveiling of a master plan for the long-neglected Highland Strip is scheduled for Thursday night. Stakeholders including business owners, landowners, representatives from Looney Ricks Kiss architects and the real estate firm Poag & M

96. Several Memphis Luminaries Make Power 100 List - "This list represents a 'who's who' of individuals spanning the world of politics, religion, academia and philanthropy, as well as commerce in our state," said Drew Ruble, editor of Business Tennessee.

The Power 100, a list ranking the 100 most powerful people in Tennessee, is available in this month’s edition of Business Tennessee magazine.

97. 'Close-Knit" and 'Well-Planned' Become Suburban Mantra -

A good title for a book about real estate development in Shelby County might be "The Rise and Sprawl of the American Dream."

One chapter could touch on how well-manicured suburbs like Germantown and Collierville have become magnets for growth. Another could show how those growth patterns have carried a few unwanted side effects, such as cookie-cutter subdivisions and retail strip centers.

98. New Condo Development Slated for Fourth and Union -

Memphis' Downtown area could be getting a new front door if a Park City, Utah, and San Francisco-based development company has its way.

Cascade Development Partners LLC has four parcels of land under contract east of Fourth Street between Union and Gayoso avenues.

99. What's Cooking on the Highland Strip? -

A few months ago, Marty Roberts was scouting for possible sites for a small retail complex. He bought what he considered a promising piece of vacant land along Park Avenue, where he's planning to begin construction soon on a 4,400-square-foot strip center.

100. Urban Land Institute Forms Memphis District -

From outdated development codes to suburban sprawl, Memphis has plenty of issues when it comes to land use and planning. The Mid-South District Council, a local chapter of the Urban Land Institute, is forming to help guide the city and its surrounding areas in responsible growth.