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1. Last Word: Binghampton Gateway, Beale's Baggage and SoundStage Memphis -

You’ve seen stories here about how difficult it can be to assemble land and financing for a hotel project. Supermarkets have proven much more difficult to pull off at least in Memphis where food deserts are a problem in several parts of town.

2. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Turner’s Midtown Expansion Continues With $4.9M Permit -

Turner Holdings LLC’s multimillion-dollar plans to upgrade its Midtown location took another step toward completion as the company filed for a $4.94 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

6. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

7. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

8. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

9. Sector-by-Sector Highlights of the Commercial Property Forecast Summit -

Many of the area’s best and brightest commercial real estate minds were on hand for the Memphis Area Association of Realtor’s Annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit at the Halloran Centre for Performance Thursday afternoon. 

10. Publicly Advancing -

WHEN PUBLIC GOES PRIVATE, WE HAVE IT BACKWARDS. My kids and I know more about public schools and public school innovation than our brand-new secretary of education and voucher poster girl, Betsy DeVos, and our own state senator and voucher poster boy, Brian Kelsey.

11. Women in Business Took Different Paths to Leadership -

Once Lori Spicer Robertson had determined she wasn’t going into medical school, she shifted to a graduate business program at the University of Florida. She got an internship with a trade association for nurses in Washington, and then worked in public affairs and as a web master.

12. Last Word: MATA and the TBI, Fieldstone Gets Bigger and Wedge Bills -

Since Gannett bought The Commercial Appeal there has been a lot of speculation about what would remain of the Memphis operation in a newspaper chain known for consolidating not just in-house parts of the publishing process but the reporting side too. The biggest question in the air was the fate of the large printing presses at the CA. And Monday evening, there was an answer.

13. New University of Memphis Rec Center Delayed -

Financial concerns are delaying the construction of a new recreation center at the University of Memphis.

University President David Rudd said in an email to the community Sunday that an increase in student fees to pay for the new rec center didn't generate as much revenue as expected, and that the project will be delayed 18 months.

14. Memphis CVB Opens Office For Australia-New Zealand -

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau is setting up shop Down Under with a sales and marketing effort aimed at Australia and New Zealand.

The Memphis CVB has hired a former leader of Tourism Australia to lead the Memphis effort.

15. Council Creates Budget For Design of Zoo Parking Area -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Feb. 7, to establish a city budget line item for the architecture and engineering design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park. The money to pay for the planning will come from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy with no expense to the city.

16. MAAR Commercial Council Hosting Forecast Summit -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will host its 15th annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts & Education, 225 S. Main St.

17. Memphis CVB Opens Australia-New Zealand Office -

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau is setting up shop Down Under with a sales and marketing effort aimed at Australia and New Zealand.

The Memphis CVB has hired a former leader of Tourism Australia to lead the Memphis effort.

18. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

19. MAAR’s Commercial Council Hosts Property Forecast Summit -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will host its 15th annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts & Education, 225 S. Main St.

20. Council Creates Budget For Zoo Parking Expansion Design -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Feb. 7, to establish a city budget line item for the architecture and engineering design of an expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park. The money to pay for the planning will come from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy with no expense to the city.

21. Last Word: De-Annexation Theories, Clash on School Vouchers and Garth & Trisha -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration come up with some surprises in de-annexation recommendations to the city task force on the issue. The three most recently annexed areas of Memphis were considered likely to be in the recommendations. Although the indication last year was that this would take a lot of discussion before someone actually wrote that on a Power Point presentation at City Hall. Not only did Strickland do that – he also included four other areas.

22. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas for Possible De-Annexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

23. Strickland Proposes 7 Areas For Possible Deannexation -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

24. Last Word: Travel Ban Protest, Other Trump React and Sierra Club Goes To Court -

Grizz over the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday 119-99. The Tigers play USF in Tampa Thursday.

Another big crowd for a Memphis march, the second in less than two weeks including the Memphis Women’s March. The Wednesday march, focused on President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order, was smaller than that, but still sizeable and diverse.

25. Connecting People at Heart of Plans For $12M Friendship Park -

Heartsong Church and the Memphis Islamic Center, neighbors in Cordova, are shattering notions of hatred and divisiveness seen elsewhere in the world with plans to develop a $12 million Friendship Park connecting their two properties.

26. Last Word: State of the State React, Reverse Logistics and Speed Limiters -

As the work week began, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis joining House Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would bar the use of any federal funds to carry out President Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority Muslim countries.

27. Change Only Sure Thing In Sports, Panelists Say -

Almost five years ago, in his earliest days as athletics director at the University of Memphis, Tom Bowen had visions of a long and happy life in the Big East and as part of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series). But in short order, the league collapsed amid conference realignment and Bowen found himself guiding a university in a conference with no name.

28. Jan 27-Feb 2, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1985: The Memphis Showboats of the United States Football league play the New Jersey Generals in Charlotte, N.C., in the preseason opener for the USFL’s second and final season. The Showboats cut Ole Miss star John Fourcade before the exhibition, but Mossy Cade and Leonard Coleman, from the University of Texas and Vanderbilt respectively, have joined the defense. Returning are Reggie White and Walter Lewis.

29. Report: Memphis Trails Peer Cities in Transit Funding -

When it comes to public transit funding, Memphis is seriously lagging behind its peer cities, according to a recent report conducted by Innovate Memphis, Livable Memphis and the Greater Memphis Chamber.

30. Memphis Mayor Creates Riverfront Task Force to Build Cohesion -

The city’s latest push for riverfront development is putting an emphasis on linking up recent changes on the riverfront like Beale Street Landing to Downtown’s core and filling in gaps between those attractions.

31. Nephrology Consultants Pulls $1.5 M Building Permit -

Mid-South Consultants filed for a $1.5 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to erect a building shell at 6460 Mt. Moriah Road Extended.

The permit lists S. Webster Haining & Co. as the contractor.

32. Markel Crawford Finally Arrives In His Redshirt Junior Year -

It’s a distinguished list of alumni that have gone from Melrose High School to play basketball at the University of Memphis: William Bedford, Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson and Adonis Thomas. And yes, Markel Crawford planned to uphold that legacy.

33. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location -

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

34. TDN Seminar to Focus on Popularity of Memphis Sports -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 24 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime on national television, the accomplishment echoed. For days, it had Memphians asking one another, “Did you see that? Did you stay up for that? Could you believe it?”

35. Land Use Board Makes Decision on Trio of Controversial Cases -

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.

Of the 18 cases approved on its consent agenda, the most pertinent project was the proposed Ice House entertainment center at 2166 Central Ave.

36. Hyde Foundations to Match $2M for Ballet Memphis -

The Memphis-based Hyde Family Foundations announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that it will grant up to $2 million in matching funds to Ballet Memphis for money raised as part of the organization’s current campaign.

37. Alexander Proposes Expansion of Shiloh -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has proposed an expansion of Shiloh National Military Park to include three other Civil War battlefields in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Alexander’s bill would also designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. That Civil War site between Nashville and Memphis, in Henderson County, is a state-owned park.

38. Alexander Proposes Expansion of Shiloh -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has proposed an expansion of Shiloh National Military Park to include three other Civil War battlefields in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Alexander’s bill would also designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. That Civil War site between Nashville and Memphis, in Henderson County, is a state-owned park.

39. CBU’s Mike Nienaber Enjoys the Wins, Survives the Losses -

Mike Nienaber has won a lot of college basketball games. Recently, he bagged No. 300 as the coach at Christian Brothers University. Before that, he won 242 games for Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.

40. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

41. Fitness Chain Buys Former Collierville Car Dealership -

Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International, has purchased the site of the former Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC in Collierville for $3.7 million.

42. Hyde Foundations Will Match Up to $2M for Ballet Memphis -

The Memphis-based Hyde Family Foundations announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that it will grant up to $2 million in matching funds to Ballet Memphis for money raised as part of the organization’s current campaign.

43. Opponents of Dairy Expansion To Host Community Meeting -

A group of Midtown citizens who are opposed to the expansion of Turner Dairy’s Madison Avenue location will hold a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hattiloo Theatre lobby, 37 S. Cooper St.

44. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

45. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

46. More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal -

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

47. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

48. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

49. Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies -

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

50. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

51. Arrests, Metal Barriers, Lawsuits All Played Role in Greensward Parking Compromise -

Spring at City Hall is budget season and it can be stormy for a new mayor, not to mention a city council with six new members. But that wasn’t the case in 2016.

The real spring political storm was the Overton Park Greensward – specifically overflow parking from the Memphis Zoo on the greenspace south of the zoo.

52. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

53. Last Word: Beale's Status Quo, The ASD and Change and Tri-State Bank's Big Year -

Here comes the AutoZone Liberty Bowl … specifically the pre-game festivities. The day after Christmas will find both teams – Georgia and TCU – at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid for some food and some entertainment and probably some shopping. The game itself is Friday at 11 a.m.

54. Cordova’s Future LA Fitness Site Sells for $2.4M -

LA Fitness is one step closer to opening a Cordova location.

Insomnia Inc., the company owned by former topless-club operator Steve Cooper, sold two parcels near its former restaurant/nightclub on Fischer Steel Road to Orlando, Florida-based National Retail Properties Inc. for $2.4 million, according to a Dec. 20 warranty deed. The same day as the sale, Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International LLC, signed a lease with National Retail Properties for the property.

55. Holiday Inn Wolfchase Sells for $11.5 Million -

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Memphis-Wolfchase Galleria has sold for $11.5 million.

RLM II Investors LLC and Texas-based Royal Living Inc. bought the hotel from Wolfchase Hotel Associates LLC. According to a Dec. 15 warranty deed, RLM II Investors purchased a 33 percent interest in the property, with Royal Living Inc. buying the remaining 67 percent interest.

56. UrbanArt Commission and Planning Division Team Up for Memphis 3.0 -

The UrbanArt Commission’s partnership with the city-county Division of Planning and Development to hire three artists to join the Memphis 3.0 team is the commission’s “most exciting development” in its relationship with the city in more than a decade.

57. Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill Market In Collierville, Piperton -

A father-son home builder duo of Doug and Chris Dickens has taken advantage of a strengthening housing market recently by specializing in infill development, primarily in the Collieville and Piperton areas.

58. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

59. Lawsons Equip Educators with Tools for Success -

Kenda and Dominic Lawson were enemies before they were friends. Today they’re married and they run a company together. “We’re not about telling people what to do,” Kenda observes. “Our job is to find opportunities for children and empower teachers to create their own content.”

60. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

61. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

3670 S. Perkins Road

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: December 2016

Buyer: Farnsworth Investment Co.

62. New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile -

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

63. Holiday Inn Wolfchase Sells for $11.5 Million -

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Memphis-Wolfchase Galleria has sold for $11.5 million.

RLM II Investors LLC and Texas-based Royal Living Inc. bought the hotel from Wolfchase Hotel Associates LLC. According to a Dec. 15 warranty deed, RLM II Investors purchased a 33 percent interest in the property, with Royal Living Inc. buying the remaining 67 percent interest.

64. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

65. Council Ends 2016 With Committee Changes -

The last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016 marks the end of the first year of a four-year term of office for the 13-member body.

It also marks a change from council chairman Kemp Conrad to incoming chairman Berlin Boyd.

66. Chairman’s Circle Celebrates Successes While Keeping an Eye on the Future -

Since the Greater Memphis Chamber launched the Chairman’s Circle in 2012, long-term goals have always been the driving force behind their ambitions.

And now that the Circle is about to enter its fifth year, some of those goals are already being met, while others are just beginning.

67. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sells for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown recently was purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

68. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

69. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

70. Local Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

71. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

72. Avison Young Names Director Of Property Management -

Avison Young has named Tim Norwood the new director of property management for its Memphis office, the Toronto, Canada-based commercial real estate services firm announced Monday, Dec. 12.

73. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

74. Last Word: Turner Dairy Plans, Fred's HQ and Fred Smith's Remarks About Trump -

Lots of traffic at FedExForum this weekend with two graduation ceremonies for the University of Memphis – morning and afternoon shifts. Another double-header at the Forum Saturday. The Grizz beat the Warriors 110-89 and the Tigers beat UAB 62-55.

75. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

76. College Students Collaborate to Bring New Green Space to Edge District -

Despite frigid temperatures, a crowd of people gathered Thursday evening on a small, green triangle of land in the medical district to witness the unveiling of the area’s newest public space, the Edge Triangle.

77. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

78. Evolving PILOT Programs in Memphis Look to Restore Competitive Balance -

When the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved its Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program earlier this year, it was with the hopes of bringing back a competitive balance between Memphis and North Mississippi.

79. Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America -

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.

80. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

81. Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America -

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.

82. Redbirds Redux: Stubby Clapp To Wear No. 10 Once Again -

He didn’t see this coming. This backflip, if you will, that has Stubby Clapp returning to Memphis and AutoZone Park as manager of the Redbirds next season.

“Out of the blue,” Clapp told me.

83. Council Approves Two Downtown Hotels, Sets Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings into hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

84. Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 • Permit Amount: $2.5 million 

Future Tenant: Trader Joe’s 

Developer: CAP Germantown LLC

85. Council Approves Pair of Downtown Hotels, Sets January Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings as hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

86. Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda -

Two Downtown hotels top a planning and development-heavy agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 2, session of the Memphis City Council.

The council votes on a special use permit for a 68-room luxury hotel at 477 S. Main St., in a building that until recently had been a graduate school for the Memphis College of Art.

87. SEC Grades: ‘A’ for Alabama; UT, Ole Miss Should Be Grounded -

Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.

88. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.

89. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Fusion On Wheels and The Grizz Main Two -

If surface parking lots had a capitol in Memphis, it would probably be the Pinch. That’s why the general ideas and plans the city is currently exploring for the nine-blocks of the Pinch between the Pyramid and St. Jude can be a bit disorienting.

90. Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Director -

Michael D. Allen is the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, the nonprofit institution’s board of directors announced Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Allen comes to MBG after six years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and nearly 25 years with International Paper before that. Allen also serves as director of the Memphis Land Bank.

91. Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Director -

Michael D. Allen is the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, the nonprofit institution’s board of directors announced Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Allen comes to MBG after six years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and nearly 25 years with International Paper before that. Allen also serves as director of the Memphis Land Bank.

92. The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

93. Pinch "Vision" Plan Moves to Funding Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County Commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area. It also included some general ideas about and renderings of Overton Avenue becoming a walkable well-lit and more heavily developed east-west corridor between the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

94. County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian -

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 
When asked about his longevity in the field, Johnson says the libraries where he’s worked – which include public, school and law libraries – have been different enough to keep him challenged and interested. 

95. Orange Mound Designated By Michelle Obama -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

96. Orange Mound Gets Rare Designation From First Lady -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

97. St. Jude Planning Renovation Of Tri Delta Place -

350 N. Third St.

Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $3.5 million

Application Date: November 2016

98. Last Word: The Long Count, Bigger Than Boutiques and God's View of the NBA -

It's Veterans Day with the annual Downtown parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday and a wreath-laying ceremony an hour later at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park.

The long local vote count since Tuesday is still underway as Thursday becomes Friday. It should wrap up Friday with the provisional ballot count completed.

99. Developer Wins Approval For Downtown Aloft Hotel -

Mississippi-based Vibrant Hotels Inc. is one step closer to developing a new full-scale hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis after its special use permit was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 10.

100. Downtown May Get New 12-Story Boutique Hotel -

A plan to redevelop the former Tenoke Building into a hotel may be revived several years after a similar idea for the vacant Downtown office high-rise fell through.

Vibrant Hotels Inc., an affiliate of Batesville, Mississippi-based development company JVD Enterprises, is seeking a special use permit that would allow the conversion of the century-old Tenoke, located at 161 Jefferson Ave., and the adjacent one-story office at 191 Jefferson Ave. into an “upper-brand franchised full-service hotel,” according to an application filed with the city-county Office of Planning and Development in August.