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1. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

2. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

3. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom -

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

4. Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District -

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

5. Zoo Distances Self From Overton Park Traffic Study -

Unusually warm temperatures over the weekend brought out more visitors to Overton Park and the Memphis Zoo, offering a preview of what the spring could be like on the greensward.

Overflow zoo parking on the grass mixed with pedestrian park patrons beyond the border of orange cones the zoo uses to mark off the parking.

6. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

7. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

8. The Grind -

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

9. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

10. To Combat Lot Shortage, Developers Take on Small Subdivisions -

With landlocked urban areas and a dwindling supply of vacant lots, developers are looking to increase Memphis’ density one house at a time with single-family residential infill projects.

“The problem in Memphis is that the cost of lots with a house on it, in the most desirable areas of Memphis are extremely high,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

11. Editorial: New Faces, Familiar Questions at City Hall -

The new Memphis City Council will face some old issues and questions at the outset of their four-year term.

But as new councilwoman Patrice Robinson pointed out in our cover story, the challenge will be to move beyond treading water in the deep end of the political pool.

12. Taylor Berger: Loflin Corner ‘One of the Most Exciting Projects’ -

The “entertainment destination” planned for the corner of Carolina and Florida streets garnered $65,425 in funds from the Center City Development Corp., and the partners behind the Loflin LLC were revealed.

13. Current City Council Marks End of Term -

Memphis City Council members mark the end of an eight-year era Tuesday, Dec. 15, when the body holds its last meeting of 2015.

It is also the last session of the current council’s four-year term of office. With the end of the term, six of the 13 members will be leaving office.

14. Editorial: Neighborhoods are the Battleground in Grocery Wars -

The development of grocery clusters in Germantown and Midtown raises some important questions about supermarkets in other parts of the city.

If these clusters of retailers, each aimed at different segments of a larger, overlapping market, are the reality of a supermarket business that was dominated by one chain not too long ago, how will Memphis’ food deserts be affected?

15. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

16. Belz Finds Compromise on Deal-Breaking Midtown Gate -

Memphis City Council members worked out a compromise Tuesday, Dec. 1, over a controversial plan by Belz Investco to close Idlewild Street south of Union and install a metal gate across the roadway.

17. Feast On: Looking Back at Busy 2015 for Memphis Restaurants -

Belly Acres co-owner Ben McLean can hardly believe it’s been a year since his farm-to-table burger restaurant in Overton Square first opened its doors.

18. Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Buys 8 Acres Near Broad Avenue -

The bids have been opened. Memphis-based multifamily housing manager and developer Makowsky Ringel Greenberg won the eight acres of vacant Sam Cooper right-of-way announced for sale early last month.

19. Council Approves Smart Meter Pact, Compromises on Water Rate Hike, Idlewild Gate -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Dec. 1, a $240-million five-year contract between Memphis Light Gas and Water Division and Elster Solutions LLC to outfit most of the city with Smart Meters.

20. City Council to Vote on Idlewild Gate, Water Rate Hike -

A gate across Idlewild Street between two competing supermarket projects in Midtown tops the Memphis City Council’s next-to-last meeting of the year.

The council is to vote Tuesday, Dec. 1, on a resolution that would close Idlewild south of Union Avenue to vehicular traffic and install a gate. The reason, according to the resolution, is to prevent motorists coming from Union Avenue and the two developments from cutting through the residential area.

21. LUCB Rejects Belz Application, Puts Midtown Mixed-Use Project in Jeopardy -

Balancing competing businesses, city engineering code and neighborhood input came to a head at a Thursday, Nov. 12, Office of Planning and Development meeting when the Land Use Control Board decided to reject a traffic-blocking gate across the south side of Idlewild Street in Midtown Memphis.

22. Crosstown Developer: Complicated Projects Can Be Transformative -

The Memphis-area commercial real estate market continues to trend upward, industry leaders say. All asset classes are trending toward pre-Recession levels, and Memphis is taking on more complicated projects like the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

23. ULI’s Final Fairgrounds Report Adds Parking Details -

The final report from an Urban Land Institute panel that visited the Mid-South Fairgrounds in June has more to say about parking challenges and scenarios.

The 38-page report released Tuesday, Nov. 3, affirms the group’s June call to add new facilities at the fairgrounds while keeping the Mid-South Coliseum, possibly in an altered form. And it includes more specific drawings and plans for parking that would be adaptable for other uses outside of the eight games a year that are played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

24. Summit Distribution Center Sells for $21.6 Million -

5155 U.S. 78
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $21.6 million

Sale Date: Oct. 21, 2015

Buyer: Summit I Distribution Center LLC

25. Three Midtown Apartment Complexes Sell for $4.3M -

A local development company has purchased three Midtown apartment complexes.

Memphis-based Dakota Partners LLC bought the properties from Margaret Brent for $4.3 million, according to an Oct. 22 special warranty deed.

26. Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

27. 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.

28. Three Midtown Apartment Complexes Sell for $4.3M -

A local development company has purchased three Midtown apartment complexes.

Memphis-based Dakota Partners LLC bought the properties from Margaret Brent for $4.3 million, according to an Oct. 22 special warranty deed.

29. O’Brien Joins Sullivan’s Creative Team -

Chris O’Brien has joined Sullivan Branding’s creative team as group creative director. In this role, O’Brien specializes in the design, development, and implementation of creative campaigns. He’s also responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative operations and product.

30. Memphis Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

31. Boyle Buys Vining Sparks HQ For $16.3M -

776 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $16.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 15

32. New Mayor in Town -

Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.

At the top of the list: make sure the toilets are flushing, the lights are coming on at night and the stoplights are flashing red, yellow and green.

33. DMC Eyes More PILOTs for ‘High-Impact’ Development -

The proposed Midtown mixed-use development at McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue has turned a corner with newly approved tax breaks.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp., an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to support the residential, retail and grocery project.

34. Vet Clinic Proposed For Binghampton Corner -

A new veterinary clinic at the northwest corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street will keep the lights on 24/7 and hopefully direct activity to Memphis’ less-trafficked Binghampton core.

35. Mixed-Use Midtown Market on Tap for Long-Vacant Corner -

Rumors and speculation have long run rampant about potential development at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, one of Memphis’ busiest intersections.

Some of the speculation involved keeping the eight-story hotel, which was built in the late 1960s, as the central feature of whatever came next. In other scenarios it would be demolished.

36. Roundhouse Revival 2 Features Mayoral Trash Talk -

On the last day of the Mid-South Fair Sunday, Oct. 4, several hundred people gathered at the Mid-South Fairgrounds to listen to live music, watch roller derby, buy souvenirs, cheer on a wrestling exhibition or two and, of course, eat.

37. Overton Square’s Future Tenants Could Be Residents -

With Overton Square reaching 100 percent occupancy, there’s nowhere else for the entertainment district to go but up. Loeb Properties currently is looking at possibly adding two multistory mixed-use buildings to complement the bustling arts and nightlife scene.

38. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Talk Public Transit -

The four major contenders for Memphis mayor all favor keeping the Mid-South Coliseum in some form and a Memphis Zoo parking garage.

But the positions were limited to yes-or-no answers during the Memphis Rotary Club debate Tuesday, Sept. 22, among Mayor A C Wharton and challengers Harold Collins, Jim Strickland and Mike Williams.

39. Indie Memphis Taps Watt as Executive Director -

This year keeps shaping up to be a milestone for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has tapped local filmmaker Ryan Watt to serve as its new executive director following the departure of Erik Jambor earlier this year.

40. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.

41. City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

42. Memphis City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail Strip -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

43. Council Gives Final Approval To Forrest Statue Removal -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 18, to an ordinance setting the stage for removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park

44. Crosstown Concourse Taps Retail Leasing Agent -

Crosstown Concourse has added another member to its growing team: The Shopping Center Group LLC will be the exclusive retail leasing agent for the massive project.

45. Crosstown Concourse Taps Retail Leasing Agent -

Crosstown Concourse has added another member to its growing team: The Shopping Center Group LLC will be the exclusive retail leasing agent for the massive project.

46. 'En Fuego' -

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

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

47. ‘Play Together’ -

The Memphis Medical Center is a hotbed of nationally renowned research and health care, but after dark the area might as well be dead.

Despite a workforce of 16,000 and a student base of 8,000, there are limited residential facilities and only a handful of nearby restaurants. But that’s all poised to change thanks to a partnership with an outside consulting group.

48. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

49. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis -

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

50. On Edge -

In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.

51. Historic Ashlar Hall in Limbo After ‘Renovation’ -

The owner of historic but troubled Ashlar Hall says he will move forward with plans to redevelop the property into a veterans center as questions continue to swirl around the state of the building, located at 1397 Central Ave.

52. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

53. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

54. Developers Still Interested In Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

55. Developers Still Interested in Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

56. Ballet Memphis Turns to Overton Square -

Scratch those plans for a new Hotel Overton where the French Quarter Inn now sits in Overton Square.

Ballet Memphis has a sales contract on the property at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street and plans to build a new two-story structure fronting on Madison with parking in the rear and on the eastern end.

57. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

58. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule -

A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.

59. THE PRESENT: Overton Square Development Going Strong -

As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.

Bob Loeb, president of square developer Loeb Properties, says “another performing arts existing provider in town” wants to relocate to the square, something addressed as part of a local Urban Land Institute technical advisory panel convened earlier this month to look at that prospect, among other issues.

60. Council Questions Administration's Intent on Southbrook Mall -

Memphis City Council members questioned Tuesday, May 5, whether the Wharton administration’s plan for a town center at the Southbrook Mall site in Whitehaven was set up to fail.

The reaction came as citizens on the board of the nonprofit organization that owns the mall complained that the terms of $2.1 million in bond money they got for HVAC and roof repairs changed.

61. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

62. Larger Hotel Overton To Replace French Quarter Inn -

The idea of an Overton Square hotel has long been a part of plans for the Midtown entertainment district, which marks the 45th anniversary of its founding this month.

Seven years after the district’s first hotel, the French Quarter Inn, closed its doors for good, there are plans for a new five-story, 134-suite Hotel Overton on the same northeast corner of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street.

63. Germantown Parkway Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

789 and 725 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $3.4 million

64. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

65. Midtown Momentum -

Kroger Co., buoyed by the Crosstown Concourse development and increased investment in Midtown as a whole, has purchased properties associated with the long-dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street.

66. Loeb Sees Activity at Executive Square -

Loeb Properties has picked up a new lease and a lease renewal inside the Executive Square development in East Memphis.

BoCo Health Services signed a new lease for 1,007 square feet in Suite 103 at 5575 Poplar Ave. In addition, Sunshine Corp. renewed its 1,075-square foot lease in Suite 420.

67. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre and All Children’s Theatre will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Thursday, April 9, through April 26 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org or 901-937-3023.

68. Art Fights Blight With Public Art Project Near Midtown -

Students from the Memphis College of Art completed a public art project near Midtown.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city.

69. Art Fights Blight With Public Art Project Near Midtown -

Students from the Memphis College of Art completed a public art project near Midtown.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city.

70. Events -

Startup Grind, a series designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, will host a discussion with James Ruffer on Wednesday, March 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St. Ruffer is a security expert, ethical hacker and co-founder of mobile payments startup PAAY. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Visit startupgrind.com/memphis for details.

71. Events -

Midtown Memphis Development Corp. will present the inaugural Mojo of Midtown Awards Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St. The awards honor individuals and organizations whose contributions benefit Midtown Memphis. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Email Sam Goff at sam@i-bankonline.com or George Larrimore at gmlarrimore@yahoo.com.

72. Daily News Names Managing Editor -

Jane A. Donahoe has joined The Daily News Publishing Co. as managing editor. In her new role, she oversees award-winning coverage of business and government news for both The Daily News and The Memphis News.

73. Flinn Rumor Could Impact Multiple City Council Races -

Even before Shea Flinn gave a “no comment” last week to a persistent rumor that he would resign from the Memphis City Council, there were potential candidates eyeing his super district seat.

74. Flinn Rumor Could Impact Multiple City Council Races -

Even before Shea Flinn gave a “no comment” last week to a persistent rumor that he would resign from the Memphis City Council, there were potential candidates eyeing his super district seat.

With no qualifying petitions issued for the October ballot until next month, there is stealthy speculation about who is running for council and which seats may be sought.

75. Another Broken Egg Café Opening March 30 -

A Southern-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and a weekend brunch is finally opening in East Memphis at the end of this month.

Gouras Restaurant Group is holding the grand opening for Another Broken Egg Café March 30. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant is opening at Loeb Properties’ Park Place Centre, 6063 Park Ave., and will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. It will seat 88 indoors, with an additional 48 seats on the outdoor patio.

76. Highland Row Developer Approved for $11 Million Permit -

395 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $11 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Permit Approval Date: March 2015
Owner: Highland Row LLC
Contractor: Milhaus Construction LLC
Details: The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

77. Coliseum Group Weighs Previtalization -

The group that wants to see the city renovate and reopen the Mid-South Coliseum is exploring something similar to the “previtalization” events of last year at the Tennessee Brewery.

“We’re not the only ones who want to do a previtalizing event in the Coliseum,” said Marvin Stockwell, of the Coliseum Coalition, on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines. “If an investor comes forward, great. If it doesn’t, we’ve given it a proper send off. You want to at least give citizens a chance to be in that space.”

78. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors -

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.

79. Building Boom -

With the greater Memphis area slower to recover from the recession and economic downturn than other parts of the country, frustrated local general contractors watched in 2012 and 2013 as firms across the country participated in what appeared to be a robust national economic rebound.

80. Rhodes Results -

Capital campaigns are usually about buildings. And the just-completed capital campaign at Rhodes College includes a new science building that will break ground in the summer and complete the quadrangle of the private liberal arts college’s scenic campus.

81. Real Estate Pros Upbeat -

After finally latching on to the broader national economic recovery in 2013, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market shook of the last vestiges of the Great Recession and roared back to life in 2014 with the office, retail, industrial and apartment sectors all producing solid gains.

82. Fresh Selection -

It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.

83. Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection -

765 Tanglewood St.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $27,000

Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Buyer: Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan
Seller: Cowles Development Company LLC
Details: Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

84. New Brewery Venture Eyeing Crosstown -

When they launched a Facebook page at the end of January, the first post for which was simply the logo for the craft beer brewery they’re planning, Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese didn’t expect the flood of interest their concept would generate.

85. Crosstown Crossroads -

Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.

86. Wharton Calls for Outside Fairgrounds Review -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the ambitious recasting of the Mid-South Fairgrounds – a project that is solely a City Hall creation at this point -- is going to get a second look from outside consultants.

87. Memphis Begins Eminent Domain Process on Raleigh Springs -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the city has initiated eminent domain legal proceedings on the Raleigh Springs Mall to possibly demolish parts of it.

88. Loeb Properties Bullish on Center City Development -

When Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the warehouse at 2542 Broad Ave. in 1995, Aaron Petree, the company’s current vice president of brokerage, was just starting high school.

89. Wharton Administration Willing to Explore Coliseum Renovation -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is willing to explore a renovation of the Mid-South Coliseum, but he doesn’t want to delay getting state approval for a Tourism Development Zone to finance an amateur sports tournament complex at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

90. Libertyland Carousel To Return in 2017 -

When the Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 3, gets its second briefing in as many weeks on the proposed overhaul of the Mid-South Fairgrounds, they will hear from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration that the mothballed Grand Carousel from the old Libertyland amusement park is about to be uncrated and reassembled as part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

91. Shelby Farms Conservancy Seeks $7.2 Million in Permits -

6093 N Patriot Lake Blvd.
415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $7.2 million

92. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

93. Fairgrounds Plan Draws Different Opinions -

The first renderings of a recast Mid-South Fairgrounds offered years ago are just one misstep early on that continues to plague the project still in search of specific private partners.

The conceptual drawings were heavy on baseball diamonds when the idea of two mayoral administrations at City Hall was and remains more soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports facility along with baseball diamonds.

94. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

95. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

96. Events -

Madonna Learning Center will present its 2014 Christmas play, “Home for the Holidays,” Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Center Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road. Tickets are $5. Visit gpacweb.com.

97. Events -

The 13th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations Monday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WMC-TV Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave., and Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Donations from both locations will benefit children and families served by Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org.

98. Basar: Fairgrounds Likely to Be Tied to Schools Funding -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar says the commission likely will consider linking an endorsement of the city’s plans for Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation to school funding when it takes up the measure at the Monday, Dec. 8, commission meeting.

99. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

100. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.