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1. City Leaders: Pinch District Development ‘Knitting Together’ Neighborhoods -

The theme that keeps emerging when stakeholders and key officials talk about redevelopment of Downtown’s Pinch neighborhood is that of connecting pieces. The pieces are areas and landmarks around it that have been the focus of investment and attention and traffic while the Pinch has somewhat stalled.

2. Shelby County to Overhaul Criminal Justice Center -

201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $17 million

Application Date: October 2017

3. Leaders: Pinch District Development 'Knitting Together' Neighborhoods -

The theme that keeps emerging when stakeholders and key officials talk about redevelopment of Downtown’s Pinch neighborhood is that of connecting pieces. The pieces are areas and landmarks around it that have been the focus of investment and attention and traffic while the Pinch has somewhat stalled.

4. Developers Pull $24M Permit for Midtown Market -

Midtown Market, a mixed-use project Belz Enterprises and Harbour Retail Partners are developing at the the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, appears set to move forward soon.

Developers have filed a $24 million building permit application for the project, which appears to be in line with a scaled-back outline of the project presented to Downtown Memphis officials earlier this year. Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt told The Daily News, in response to the permit, the project looks headed in the same direction as plans presented to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and Design Review board in February, and “we are excited that it is getting started.”

5. Events -

The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, starting with a 5 p.m. red carpet event and 5:30 p.m. pre-show gala at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St., followed by the 7:30 p.m. award ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for tickets and info on this year’s honorees.

6. Events -

The 45th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13-15, in Audubon Park, at the corner of Perkins Road Extended and Southern Avenue. The largest juried arts and crafts show in the Mid-South features shopping, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and older, and $3 for children younger than 12. Advance discount tickets are available at the Pink Palace box office. Visit memphismuseums.org. 

7. Midtown Market Developers Pull $24M Building Permit -

Midtown Market, a mixed-use project Belz Enterprises and Harbour Retail Partners are developing at the the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, appears set to move forward soon.

Developers have filed a $24 million building permit application for the project, which appears to be in line with a scaled-back outline of the project presented to Downtown Memphis officials earlier this year. Interim Downtown Memphis Commission president Jennifer Oswalt told The Daily News, in response to the permit, the project looks headed in the same direction as plans presented to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and Design Review board in February, and “we are excited that it is getting started.”

8. New Apartments, Offices Headed for Cooper-Young -

Two new development projects will get underway later this year along Cooper Street in Midtown, following their approval for 11-year PILOTs on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Both projects received the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

9. Outdoors Retailer REI Plans First Memphis Store -

In this week's Real Estate Recap, outdoors retailer REI eyes Ridgeway Trace for its first local store, Hilton Worldwide prepares to upgrade its Memphis campus, and several proposed Midtown projects seek financial incentives.

10. Last Word: The Corker Tweets, Market Stabilization and The Rise of the Landshark -

In the “That Didn’t Take Long” department, whatever diplomacy there was in the relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee vanished over the weekend – vanished in the course of several tweets starting with one from Trump claiming he refused an endorsement of Corker in a re-election bid next year and that resulted in Corker’s decision not to seek re-election. He claims Corker “begged” for his endorsement. “Said he could not win without my endorsement,” Trump added. “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said, ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal.”

11. Week Ahead: Oct. 9-15 -

Hey, Memphis! The real NBA and college basketball seasons creep closer with teasing events this week and the schedule of fun things to do is highlighted by the second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday evening. Here’s toasting to a great week.

12. Last Word: The Chamber on Forrest, Different Amazon News & More 2018 Dominoes -

The Greater Memphis Chamber rolls out its part of the push by the city administration to get a state waiver for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. Next week is the meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showing up to make his pitch. That is even though the chairman of the body has told him the commission will not take up a waiver at the meeting.

13. 2 Cooper St. Projects In Midtown Seek Incentives -

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

14. Grabbing Air -

Kirkwood Vangeli, co-founder of Fluxus Skateboard Co., skates at AlTown, a DIY skatepark in Midtown. The park’s walls and ramps recently were repainted with murals during Paint Memphis 2017, a one-day festival that drew more than 150 artists from around the world to create the largest collaborative mural in Tennessee. Paint Memphis was founded in 2015 with the goal of bringing unconventional artists to Memphis to collaborate and expose the city to graffiti as an art form.

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15. Last Word: Bonus For the Head Tiger, Brooks Downtown? and Harris Runs -

A $100,000 bonus from the University of Memphis board of trustees for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation. The board also approved a paid parental leave policy – specifically the funding for that policy. And it reviewed scaled-back plans for the $30 million new rec center for students that will incorporate some of the existing rec center.

16. Two Midtown Projects Apply for Tax Incentives -

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

The first project, located at 663 and 673 Cooper St., is an office/residential mixed-use development submitted by filament LLC, the development wing of local architectural firm, archimania.

17. Fratelli’s New Owner Talks Plans For Botanic Garden Restaurant -

The cafe inside the Memphis Botanic Garden, situated between the water and sculpture gardens, is going to be changing a bit over the coming weeks and months.

That’s a result of the eatery, Fratelli’s Cafe, getting a new owner. She’s Kris Shelby, whose experience in the restaurant industry has included working as catering manager for Fratelli’s for about five years under Sabine Bachmann, who co-founded Fratelli’s with Malcolm Aste.

18. Explore Bike Share Seeking Executive Director -

Explore Bike Share, a 600-unit local bike sharing system, has begun the search for an executive director to spearhead the nonprofit’s efforts.

Scheduled to roll out by next spring, Explore Bike Share’s fleet will be the largest in the nation to feature the BCycle Dash navigation system.

19. Second Slider Inn Location Gets First Approval -

A popular Midtown restaurant may soon have a second location in South Main.

Initial plans for a second Slider Inn were approved by the Memphis Landmarks Commission at its Thursday, Sept. 28 meeting, clearing the way for the project to move forward.

20. Crosstown Crossroads -

For the past 90 years, Crosstown has seen its share of ups and downs. In the beginning, it was a shining beacon for the city’s eastward expansion; at its height, it anchored several vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and at its lowest, Crosstown became the poster child for once-great inner-city areas of Memphis that had deteriorated.

21. Explore Bike Share Seeking Executive Director -

Explore Bike Share, a 600-unit local bike sharing system, has begun the search for an executive director to spearhead the nonprofit’s efforts.

Scheduled to roll out by next spring, Explore Bike Share’s fleet will be the largest in the nation to feature the BCycle Dash navigation system.

22. Fairgrounds Proposal Coming Into Focus -

Aaron Shafer saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, at the second public gathering toward a redevelopment plan for the Fairgrounds last week.

23. Memphis Independent Schools Offer Varied Approaches to Early Childhood Learning -

Research has shown show early childhood education sets the foundation for academic success in elementary school, and Memphis’ independent schools boast a number of high-quality preschool programs with expert educators, innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technology.

24. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Shakespeare in Love” Friday, Sept. 22, through Oct. 8 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

25. Overton Square Hotel Awarded Tax Incentives -

The developers of a $24 million Overton Square hotel and a Canadian elevator company looking to build its first U.S. facility in Memphis have been awarded tax incentives to move ahead with their projects.

26. Overton Square Hotel Approved for Tax Incentives -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has approved Loeb Properties' request for a 15-year tax abatement to build a 100-room boutique hotel near Overton Square.

Despite some concerns from the EDGE board over the definition of blighted property, Loeb Properties and its partners, boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group, were approved for the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive Wednesday, Sept. 20, to help offset the construction costs of the $24 million hotel.

27. City’s Ire Raised By Stadium Droughts -

For most of the ongoing discussion about a reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds, the Liberty Bowl has been a part of the background. Much of the attention has been on what to do with the Mid-South Coliseum and what new uses or buildings will do to existing parking.

28. Last Word: The Brooks Question, Boyd's Answer and Tigers In the Polls -

Art as a real estate consideration. One of the more unusual of many considerations as the Brooks search for a new site – a possible new site, I should add, becomes the city’s favorite topic. So from the CRE vantage point – here are two more possible sites to think about if you haven’t already – Cossitt Library and the Fairgrounds, as well as right where it has been for the last century.

29. Overton Park Conservancy Embarks On Master Plan -

As leaders of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art announced this month they are considering a move to a newly built facility elsewhere in the city, the Overton Park Conservancy was beginning to develop a master plan for the Midtown park, including the museum, Memphis Zoo, Memphis College of Art and Levitt Shell.

30. The Week Ahead: Sept. 18-24 -

Hello, Memphis! Autumn officially arrives this Friday, and it’s bringing along a spate of happenings this week – from the Metal Museum’s Repair Days to the Memphis Japan Festival and the Mid-South Fair. Check out our top event picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

31. Loeb Properties Planning $24M Overton Square Hotel -

Loeb Properties wants to build on the revival of Overton Square by adding a $24 million, 100-room hotel in the district.

The Memphis-based company and its partners – boutique hotel developer LRC2 Properties and hospitality management company MMI Hotel Group – are seeking a 15-year tax abatement to construct a 100-room boutique hotel at the southwest corner of Cooper Street and Trimble Place, south of Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis.

32. Editorial: Brooks’ Current Home As Important As Its Future -

It’s hard to imagine Overton Park without the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The park itself was just shy of 15 years old when the Brooks opened in a beaux-arts-style marble box in 1916, awaiting art objects to fill its space.

33. Rick-Rolling -

Shawn Orphey first fell in love with Memphis seven years ago because it reminded him of a warmer version of his hometown of Detroit, which is one reason why the nomadic Midwesterner chose the Bluff City to plant roots and start his new company, Memphis Rickshaw.

34. Events -

Fourth Bluff kicks off its fall programming with the first of the weekly Friday Night Dance Parties on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The themed, outdoor dance parties continue through November and will feature an illuminated dance floor set up just west of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Food vendors will be on site, and beer and wine are available with valid ID. Admission is free and open to all ages. Visit thefourthbluff.com for a schedule.

35. Frayser Landfill Expansion Voted Down -

The proposed expansion of a construction landfill in Frayser was unanimously shot down by the Shelby County Land Use Board Thursday, Sept. 14, to the cheers of dozens of concerned residents and students from the nearby Memphis Business Academy who showed up to voice their opposition.

36. Events -

The Daily News’ 2017 Small Business Seminar will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Brooks Museum, 1930 Poplar Ave. A panel of key players in the local food and beverage industry will discuss opportunities and challenges they’ve faced and offer tips and advice for all small-business owners. Wine-and-cheese reception will follow. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com for details and registration.

37. Power of Art -

From the nationwide study “Arts and Economic Prosperity V” came overwhelming evidence that the arts make a financial impact. But of all the data accumulated in a yearlong collection effort launched by Americans for the Arts, one number leaped out at Elizabeth Rouse, who is president and CEO of ArtsMemphis: in 2015 in Shelby County, the arts supported 6,138 jobs (full-time equivalent).

38. Memphis Brooks Museum Eyes Relocation Out of Overton Park -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art might be leaving Midtown. The museum’s board has voted to allow the museum’s staff and the board’s long-range planning committee to evaluate locations in Memphis outside of Overton Park as possible homes for the Brooks’ permanent collection and future museum facilities.

39. REIT Set to Make Fifth Downtown Memphis Investment -

Alpha Residential Trust, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust, has entered into an agreement to purchase the 266 Lofts development at the corner of Front Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

40. The Week Ahead: Sept. 11-18 -

Hey, Memphis! This week we’re gearing up for the Cooper Young Festival and a packed house at the Tigers vs. UCLA game. Plus, Uptown Funk heads Downtown and The Joker hits East Memphis. Here’s what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

41. Rainn Wilson to Attend Indie Memphis Festival -

TV and film star Rainn Wilson will host the premiere of his new movie “Thom Pain” as part of the 20th anniversary of the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

The film, directed by Oliver Butler and adapted from Will Eno’s 2004 play, will be the Opening Night Gala selection for the festival. As part of the anniversary celebration, Indie Memphis will also for the first time host a block party from Nov. 3-5, closing off traffic along Cooper Street between Union and Monroe avenues in Midtown.

42. Memphis Has Earned its ‘Foodie Town’ Reputation in Past Decade -

When Sabine Bachmann arrived in Memphis more than 30 years ago, she was a little stunned at the city’s meager restaurant scene. The city wasn't barren, of course, with longtime mainstays such as Justine's and the Four Flames. But beyond that and some Italian family-owned places, the restaurant scene simply wasn't very diverse or widespread.

43. Belly Acres Owners to Open New Taco Restaurant -

A new taco restaurant from the owners of Belly Acres is coming to 3295 Poplar Ave.

Tennessee Taco Co., owned by Ben McLean and chef Rob Ray, is set to open Monday, Sept. 11. Located at Poplar and Holmes Road – between East Memphis and Midtown – the restaurant will feature 24 kinds of street tacos, with menu options encompassing tastes that range from a preference for beef to chicken, pork and fish.

44. Baptist Opens Specialty Pharmacy -

Baptist Memorial Health Care has opened the first specialty pharmacy in the system, a place that the hospital’s leadership says is especially well-suited to care for the medication needs of patients dealing with chronic health conditions.

45. Rainn Wilson to Attend Indie Memphis Festival -

TV and film star Rainn Wilson will host the premiere of his new movie “Thom Pain” as part of the 20th anniversary of the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

The film, directed by Oliver Butler and adapted from Will Eno’s 2004 play, will be the Opening Night Gala selection for the festival. As part of the anniversary celebration, Indie Memphis will also for the first time host a block party from Nov. 3-5, closing off traffic along Cooper Street between Union and Monroe avenues in Midtown.

46. Rhodes College Keeps Flexibility In Its Design For The Sciences -

Typically when Rhodes College erects a new building on its historic Midtown campus, it’s nearly impossible to see the difference from the rest of the gothic architecture dating back to 1925.

That is until you get inside the new $34 million Robertson Hall science building.

47. Editorial: Making the Case For Memphis Disorientation -

It can be a bit disorienting. Gateways – Bicentennial, Overton Park, even Binghampton. There’s that second convention center hotel. And Heartbreak Hotel in Whitehaven gives way to a $40 million, 6,000-seat arena that is most certainly not in Midtown or Downtown.

48. New Union Ave. Bank Branch, Whitehaven Wastewater Facility Seek Design Variances -

Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to build a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.

49. Last Word: Game Day, Corker at Southwind on Taxes and Trump and Hotel Stats -

The game is on rain or shine at the Liberty Bowl Thursday. And the start of the Tigers football season could be a very soggy start with remnants of Hurricane Harvey arriving. So while tailgating on Tiger Lane may involve umbrellas, none are allowed in the Liberty Bowl itself. Ponchos it is for your face time on CBS Thursday evening.

50. Pinnacle Bank Seeks Variances for New Midtown Branch -

Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to construct a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.

51. Cooper-Young Festival Set for Sept. 16 -

The annual Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is less than three weeks away, set for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

52. Events -

Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s second annual One Smart Cookie Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, will present the keynote. Come early to browse the tables and place bids in the One Smart Cookie silent auction. Tickets are $75; several sponsorship levels are available. Visit girlscoutshs.org for details.

53. Editorial: Memphis Still on Road To Becoming ‘Bike Community’ -

The Shelby County Board of Adjustment this week approved a proposed multifamily development in the Cooper-Young Historic District, a small project by many standards on a 0.4-acre tract near the neighborhood’s namesake, the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

54. 9/01 in the 901 -

What started as an esoteric online conversation five years ago has grown into a massive citywide event to celebrate all the best parts of the Bluff City.

Though only in its second official year, attendance is expected to be high for Exposure at 901 Day, a free event that will be held at AutoZone Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on, you guessed it – Sept. 1.

55. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will open its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of “The Flick” Friday, Aug. 25, through Sept. 10 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

56. New Cooper-Young Apartments Receive Green Light -

A contentious apartment complex slated for the heart of the Cooper-Young Historic District is moving forward after receiving the green light from the Memphis & Shelby County Board of Adjustment. But the board’s approval of the project Wednesday, Aug. 23, wasn’t a quick process.

57. Professionalism & Charm -

Entering the upscale offices of Doug Carpenter + Associates on South Main, veteran residential real estate agent Meredith McDonald radiates Southern charm and professionalism.

58. Events -

A Staff Line job fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5100 Poplar Ave., eighth-floor conference room. Positions include line leads, staging auditors, machine operators, receiving clerk, forklift operators and material handlers. Job seekers should bring two forms of identification for on-the-spot applications and job offers.

59. Artist Cat Peña Named Director Of CBU’s Ross Gallery -

Cat Peña, a Memphis-based artist, arts administrator and independent public art consultant, has been named director of the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. As an artist, Peña’s work in recent years has centered on public art installations, including “There’s More To Be Proud Of,” a canopy of metallic streamers on display in the Edge District through next February. In addition, she is the founder of Collabortory, a creative platform that expands public art practices through collaborative and social practices.

60. The Week Ahead: Aug. 21-27 -

Hello, Memphis! Are you ready for the (almost-)total eclipse that sweeps over the city Monday? Check out our master list of eclipse-viewing parties, plus more happenings you need to know about – like, say, a performance by Samurai Elvis – in The Week Ahead... 

61. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

62. Crosstown Concourse Debuts: Aug. 19 Opening Day Begins Test of Larger Goals -

A relatively recent urban legend, as urban legends go, is that the large elevated tract of land along Bellevue Boulevard by the interstate wall is some kind of Indian mound.

It’s not. It is an area elevated in anticipation of the route federal officials in the 1960s had planned for Interstate 40 to take through Crosstown and then through Midtown. Those plans were stopped in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.

63. Novel Evokes Memories of Davis-Kidd, With a Few Updates -

If you turn your head and squint your eyes just right, you can almost believe that Davis-Kidd Booksellers is back.

That beloved Memphis institution closed in 2011 after more than 25 years in operation. The store was soon renamed the Booksellers at Laurelwood, but while it had the same location and the same employees, it wasn’t quite the same as its predecessor. Then, after barely six years in business, that store also closed down in February, leaving a gaping hole in the city for readers who still liked to visit bookstores.

64. Coffee, Bakery Shop To Occupy Busy Corner In Cooper-Young -

When David Adams first started considering a second Bluff City Coffee & Bakery location, he didn’t even think about the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

65. Midtown Gated Community, Shelby Farms Hotel Approved by Planning Officials -

A plan to replace the former Red Cross building in Midtown with a 12-unit luxury gated community was approved by the Shelby County Land Use Control Board at its Thursday, August 10 meeting.

Last month, developers Lee Askew and Martin Edwards presented their plans to nearby residents at a public meeting where it was received with mostly favorable results.

66. Vandiver Growing Customer Relationships at Agritech Firm The Seam -

The Seam, a technology firm founded by agribusiness companies that specializes in commodity trading and management systems, has added Rex Vandiver in a customer development role. Vandiver helps with customer support and project management, and he’s also taking a greater role in involvement with the peanut industry to help The Seam better serve its customers’ needs.

67. Last Word: The Orange Mound Way, Midtown Apartments and 'I Am A Man' Plaza -

First day of school redux on Tuesday for students in Memphis Catholic Schools and it is a half-day. The first day of classes in most of the county’s other schools Monday went smoothly. Shelby County Schools reports more than 6,000 students registered on the first day of school despite another concerted effort at numerous events to register students in advance. That’s in a school system of approximately 96,000 students.

68. Tax Breaks Broaden For Residential, Retail Deals -

Some changes are coming in the rules surrounding incentives that the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County – or EDGE – can use for different kinds of development and for broader use of tax increment financing – or TIF – zones to sustain redevelopment.

69. Tensions of Density -

With hundreds of units already announced and all signs indicating there are more to come, the Midtown apartment market is primed to explode.

But when it comes to development, it’s no secret that Midtown residents can be fiercely protective.

70. Strong: Democrats Must Reconnect With Voters -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the local party has lost its voters and getting them back is the path to victory in the 2018 county elections and beyond.

Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools, was elected chairman of the reorganized local party Saturday, Aug. 5, following its dissolution by the Tennessee Democratic Party a year ago.

71. Last Word: School Days, MLGW Moves Off Beale and Room For Peter Pan To Fly -

The K-12 school year begins Monday for most of Shelby County including the state’s largest public school system right here. Some schools have started earlier and some start later. So remember that in your daily travels going forward even if you don’t have school age children.

72. Ballet Memphis Begins Move Into Midtown Facility -

The new $21 million Ballet Memphis studio in Overton Square has room for Peter Pan to fly and a two-way view of a ballet company making revolutionary turns in dance.

But all of the choreography during a Thursday, Aug. 3, tour of the 38,000-square-foot set of five studios, offices, a costume shop, meeting and classroom space and a Mama Gaia corner café at Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street was among construction workers.

73. Strong is New Local Democratic Party Chairman -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party is Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools.

74. Rhodes College Makes List Of Princeton Review’s ‘Best’ -

Rhodes College ranked high among the country’s top colleges and universities, according to the results of an annual survey by The Princeton Review. The education services company features Rhodes College in the newly released 2018 edition of its guide, The Best 382 Colleges.

75. 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

76. Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

77. Last Word: Gentrification, ServiceMaster's New CEO Speaks and Gateway Resolution -

Gentrification in Binghampton? The g-word is a term that can start a real debate in Memphis these days. But those leading the hard fought redevelopment in Binghampton say a tax increment financing district there would mean an immediate capital infusion of $332,000 that would help to ward off the possibility of gentrification.

78. Landmarks Commission Clears Path For Cooper-Young, VECA Historic Designations -

The path to preservation status for two Midtown neighborhoods has been cleared by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

The applications of Cooper-Young and fellow Midtown neighborhood Vollintine-Evergreen were placed on hold until questions about the application process first raised a few months ago were resolved.

79. The Week Ahead: July 31-August 6 -

Hello, Memphis! It's time to wave goodbye to July and hello to August, and there's plenty to keep you busy this week. Check out our top picks, plus more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

80. Last Word: More Intermodals, 20 Years After the Oilers In Memphis and New Path -

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare comes up short in the U.S. Senate in an after midnight Friday vote in D.C. And it appears U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted for the repeal measure that came up short. Here are the basics early Friday morning from The New York Times.

81. Events -

Indie Memphis’ Indie Wednesday film series kicks off with a screening of the Slamdance Film Festival’s 2017 “Anarchy” shorts program Wednesday, Aug. 2, at MicroCinema @ Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The “Anarchy” program is described as “an anti-genre form of resistance to dominant cultural paradigms.” Admission is pay-what-you-can. Visit indiememphis.com for details and a series schedule.

82. Fully Loaded -

It’s almost like the first half of 2017 was a decade in the making, at least when it comes to commercial real estate. Throughout all four major sectors of the Memphis-area commercial real estate market – industrial, office, retail and multifamily – figures are consistently reaching or exceeding pre-recession marks.

83. Events -

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday will take place Friday, July 28, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. Visit tntaxholiday.com for details and lists of tax-exempt and taxable items.

84. Board Rejects Plan To Add Shipping Containers At Shell -

A plan to add metal shipping containers at the Levitt Shell has been rejected by the Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

The board on Wednesday, July 26, voted down the proposal submitted by Levitt Shell officials, which called for using shipping containers to permanently house and consolidate the venue’s beverage and merchandising operations.

85. Last Word: Repeal Votes, ServiceMaster Exit and Cooper-Young Apartments -

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was among the seven Republican Senators who voted Wednesday against a bill that would have repealed the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement. U.S. Senator Bob Corker voted for the repeal. The bill failed.

86. Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse -

198 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Memphis, TN 38103

Tenant: Memphis Music Initiative

87. Baptist Opens Midtown Grief Center -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has opened a second grief center, an extension of the grief counseling and related services the hospital has offered for years and is now in the process of expanding.

88. Last Word: Alexander and Corker Differ, Instant Runoff React and Kroger On Hold -

Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators split their votes Tuesday in Washington on the vote that followed the vote to open debate on a repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted yes on the debate motion. But then Corker was one of the nine Republican Senate votes that killed the Obamacare replacement plan known as BCRA, while Alexander voted for it.

89. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

90. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

91. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

92. Scene Change -

The sprawling mixed-use complex opening next month on North Cleveland in Midtown is a high-profile example of where Memphis’ art community finds itself at the halfway mark in 2017.

When Crosstown Concourse opens there Aug. 19, it won’t just represent a new beginning that turns a former Sears distribution center into a 1.5-million-square-foot community mainstay. With tenants like Crosstown Arts moving in, the development is also a representation of how the city’s arts landscape is changing this year.

93. MRG, Thomas & Betts Receive Tax Incentives -

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg and Thomas & Betts were both awarded tax incentives to advance their respective projects by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, July 19.

94. Last Word: Closing the Door, Midtown Rents and Red West's Many Roles -

It didn’t take the Shelby County Commission very long Wednesday to close the door on its budget season – about 20 minutes in the day’s special meeting to approve a county property tax rate of $4.11 on third and final reading. That’s not a quick up or down vote. And it took just a bit longer because there is still some discussion about whether this was a reduction in the tax rate or a tax cut in the sense that a homeowner in Shelby County would understand the term.

95. Madison @ McLean Project Awarded 14-Year Tax Abatement -

Local multifamily development group Makowsky Ringel Greenberg has been awarded a 14-year tax abatement to construct a 132,477-square-foot, 108-unit apartment complex in Midtown Memphis.

Named Madison @ McLean after the eponymous Midtown intersection it will reside on, the $14 million project is the first ever recipient of a Residential PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes), incentive, which was created earlier this year by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

96. Memphis Music Initiative to Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse -

The old firehouse at the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has gone through many incarnations since the 1800s, including stints as a recording studio, nightclub and pop-up beer garden.

97. Memphis Music Initiative to Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse -

The old firehouse at the corner of Linden Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has gone through many incarnations since the 1800s, including stints as a recording studio, nightclub and pop-up beer garden.

98. Last Word: No Assumptions, Riverfront Concepts and A Tale of Two Teams -

The “Midtown is Memphis” arch in Overton Square is no more. Vanished this week as the former Chiwawa is being converted to Indian Pass Raw Bar – for those of you new to Memphis, these are both restaurants – one former and the other future.

99. MRG Seeking Incentives For Midtown Project -

After reaching a settlement with nearby neighbors on an unrelated Midtown multifamily project, developer Makowsky Ringel Greenberg has submitted a request for tax abatement on another ambitious project.

100. Last Word: Fifth Wave, Hidden Gem in OB and the Freeze Filibuster -

There is one less contender in the crowded field of potential and declared candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was nominated for federal court judge Thursday by President Donald Trump who also nominated Memphis attorney and former federal prosecutor Tommy Parker to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee as well. Both are part of what The White House described as a “fifth wave” of judicial nominees.