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1. MATA Holds Public Hearings On Route Changes -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority begins a series of public meetings Tuesday, Feb. 9, on a set of proposed route changes that would take effect May 1 if approved by the MATA board.

The fixed route changes include adding trips after 5 p.m. to Route 4 to the Castalia area; restoring the 4:06 p.m. westbound trip on Route 34; and increasing midday buses on the Route 50 Poplar Avenue service.

2. The Week Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016 -

Guys, there’s an important holiday coming up that forgetting about would mean immense trouble for you. Luckily, City & State is coming to the rescue. Head over to the Broad Avenue retailer on Friday, two days before Valentine’s Day, for “BYOB” (Bring your own Bailey’s).
Bring something like Bailey’s, Irish cream, whisky, whatever, and City & State will add it to any item you order over on the coffee side of the shop. Meanwhile, the shop has also invited the makers behind Paper & Clay and Question the Answer to be on hand with their wares to take some of the pressure off trying to decide what to buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

3. University of Memphis Opens Blue Line To Kroger, Target -

The University of Memphis’ Blue Line shuttle bus has expanded to include one day a week service to the Kroger Poplar Plaza store as well as the Target store on Colonial Road in East Memphis.

4. This week in Memphis history: February 5-11 -

1996: Rod Stewart at The Pyramid performing in the round.

1976: The USSR gymnastics team is in Memphis for an exhibition at the Mid-South Coliseum, part of the first U.S. tour by the Soviet team. The team is honored at a reception at the home of Beale Street USA president Ronald P. Barassi in East Memphis that features paintings of Beale. The street itself is fenced off and boarded up.

5. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

6. Packed Overton Park Traffic Town Hall Seeks View Beyond Greensward -

Architect and urban planner Steve Auterman stood before a standing-room-only crowd at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 2, and made the case for a broader vision of Overton Park.

To Auterman, of Looney Ricks Kiss, it’s a still-developing plan that’s larger than the volatile issue of the Memphis Zoo’s overflow parking on the greensward.

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

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

8. University of Memphis Opens Blue Line To Kroger, Target -

The University of Memphis’ Blue Line shuttle bus has expanded to include one day a week service to the Kroger Poplar Plaza store as well as the Target store on Colonial Road in East Memphis.

9. 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.

10. Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing -

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

Nashville developer Elmington Capital Group submitted plans for gated multifamily housing in Downtown's South End.

11. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value -

In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.

There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.

12. This week in Memphis history: January 29-February 4 -

1986: Plans are announced for the Southwind Tournament Players Club development on Winchester Road 10 miles east of Memphis International Airport. The centerpiece of the development is a 215-acre golf course to open in the fall of 1987 as the new site of the St. Jude Memphis Golf Classic, which will move from its longtime home at Colonial Country Club.

13. Two Binghampton Gangs Targeted In Latest No-Gang Zones -

Members of two street gangs in Binghampton have been barred by court order from congregating and otherwise associating in public in a part of Binghampton that includes a park and a school.

The “safety zone” court orders issued Tuesday, Jan. 26, by General Sessions Environment Court Judge Larry Potter apply to members of the Vice Lords and Grape Street Crips gangs who congregate in and around Howze Park at Tillman Street and Mimosa Avenue.

14. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

15. Last Word: Winter Pre-Game Show, The Zoo Goes To Court And Hotel Fever -

You wouldn’t call this the eye of the storm, would you? We’ll go with calling this the pre-game show for the winter storm that is supposed to show up in Memphis at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Think Super Bowl pre-game.
There is so much that’s been said in advance of this that whatever happens, it might be hard to live up to the preparation.
Much of the rest of this is like an arms race of sorts.
Consider the equipment list from Memphis International Airport.
10 snow brooms, 12 plow trucks, four de-icing trucks each with 40,000 gallons of deicer, four 2-ton salt spreaders and four tractors to keep the runways clear.
The city of Memphis Public Works division has eight snow plows ready to roll on major thoroughfares if the snow gets within the three-inch mark. A set of 16 salt trucks were to load up at 11 p.m. Thursday evening to begin applying salt and sand when needed, with continual inspections of road conditions. And that includes some pre-treated priority areas.
And then there was this truly unusual announcement from Shelby County Schools: the optional school parent camp-out was suspended Thursday evening because of the weather.
This is the camp out the school system tries its best to discourage each and every year at this time. That includes bar-coded applications and repeatedly emphasizing that 99.9 percent of those with the bar-coded applications get their first choice of optional schools, making the camp-out unnecessary. The applications are handed out over several days and are then time-stamped when they are turned in for consideration.
Nevertheless, the tents go up each year and voices are raised in the debate about whether this is parents who care more or parents who are carried away.
This year, the school system, while emphasizing that it “does not authorize or direct” the camp-out, says the line will resume Sunday at 7 a.m.
The school system also adds: “The current process being managed by parents will be recognized due to potential health and safety risks related to forecasted inclement weather.”
But is there a line to get back in line? And when does that start?

16. ‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis -

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

The 46 N. Third St. structure, which was built in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its art deco and Renaissance-styled architecture. Real estate and bail bonding firms have occupied the lower levels, but the 10-story building has sat completely vacant for a few years and substantially vacant for well over 10 years.

17. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

18. Last Word: No Bern, Say No More and The Daily Mail Comes For A Visit -

Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make it the city after all following the weekend’s debate among the Democratic presidential contenders.

19. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

20. City Council Votes On Countrywood Development -

Among the planning and development items the Memphis City Council votes on Tuesday, Jan. 19, is a residential planned development at the end of Countrywood Parkway south of Interstate 40.

The 163 acres of land include 48 acres of conservation agriculture land.

21. Council Members Settle In To New Assignments -

Memphis City Council members file the last of the paperwork Tuesday, Jan. 19, from the 2015 elections to put City Hall’s power transition on record.

Meanwhile, the six new members are learning on the job as they chair several committees following assignments by council chairman Kemp Conrad: Martavius Jones is chairman of the council audit committee; Patrice Robinson chairs the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division committee; Jamita Swearengen is chairwoman of the parks and neighborhoods committee; council member Philip Spinosa leads the personnel committee, usually the first committee session of the council day; Frank Colvett chairs the planning and zoning committee, which is the last session of the day before executive session; and Worth Morgan is chairman of the public safety committee.

22. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

23. Memphis Council Approves Recycling Cart Loan Effort -

The city of Memphis could close the gap in outfitting its households with new and larger recycling carts if a no-interest loan comes through.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 5, the plan by the Public Works division to pursue the $5.2 million loan that would allow the city to buy 105,000 recycling carts.

24. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises -

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

25. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact -

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.

26. Council’s First Meeting of 2016 Includes 2015 Leftovers -

Memphis City Council members begin their first council day of the year Tuesday, Jan. 5, with a slate of a dozen appointments by Mayor Jim Strickland.

27. Mississippi River At Memphis Above Flood Stage, Projected Crest Lowered -

The Mississippi River at Memphis was a foot and a half above flood stage Sunday, Jan. 3, with the muddy waters of the Mississippi just a few feet away from Tom Lee Park and Greenbelt Park on Mud Island.

28. Mississippi River at Memphis Approaches Flood Stage -

As the Mississippi River was nearing flood stage at Memphis Saturday, Jan. 2, Memphis firefighters were preparing to go door-to-door in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

The visits are not an evacuation. They are “to notify residents about the high water threat,” said Dale Lane, director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.

29. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

30. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

31. Last Word: Santa's Bag, Google at Hemlock and the 20 Percent Threshold -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

32. Downtown Agency Looks to Tighten Up Hotel Tax Breaks -

To keep tourists flowing to Downtown, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. grants tax breaks, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentives, for hotel developers. Such readily available incentives have helped create a market with 15 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Downtown Memphis.

33. Proposed Used Car Lot In South City Draws Ire -

An applicant seeking to operate a used car lot at 704 Vance Ave. will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 16, in what seemingly would be a cut-and-dry affair with the BOA staff recommending conditional approval.

34. 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.

35. Grizzlies’ Footprint Growing Across Region; Redbirds, RiverKings Try to Hit Their Niches -

Decades ago, the St. Louis Cardinals used their vast radio network to extend their brand across the middle of America. Even today, they have more than 130 affiliated stations in eight states.

“The Cardinals did a great job through their radio outreach,” said John Pugliese, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of marketing, communications and broadcast.

36. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development -

Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.

And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.

But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.

37. Interfaith Group Calls For Truth in Memphis Historical Markers -

An interfaith prayer service on the site of a slave market owned by Nathan Bedford Forrest Thursday, Dec. 10, drew a group of 150 people during the Downtown lunch hour.

38. St. Jude Files $10 Million Construction Permit -

650 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: Nov. 24, 2015

Owner: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tenant: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

39. Loewenberg College of Nursing Gets State Approval -

The University of Memphis nursing program is officially called the Loewenberg College of Nursing.

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved last week the renaming of what had been the Loewenberg School of Nursing. The change signals the school’s status as the only Board of Regents institution classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high activity.

40. Olymbec Buys Office Building for $2.8M -

Olymbec USA LLC has purchased a six-story office building in the South Memphis/Alcy Road area for $2.8 million, according to a Friday, Nov. 20, warranty deed.

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

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

42. Loewenberg College of Nursing Gets State Approval -

The University of Memphis nursing program is officially called the Loewenberg College of Nursing.

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved last week the renaming of what had been the Loewenberg School of Nursing. The change signals the school’s status as the only Board of Regents institution classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high activity.

43. Olymbec Buys Office Building for $2.8M -

Olymbec USA LLC has purchased a six-story office building in the South Memphis/Alcy Road area for $2.8 million, according to a Friday, Nov. 20, warranty deed.

44. Habitat for Humanity to Build 21-Home Community in Uptown -

The open field between Third and Seventh streets, south of Cedar Avenue in north Memphis, is surrounded by homes – some that have seen better days and others that are newly built.

Now after more than a decade of building homes on scattered sites one or two at a time, the local Habitat for Humanity chapter this summer will build its first Uptown subdivision. And the community will take the name of a section of North Memphis remembered by long-time residents.

45. Billions And Billions Of Grins -

GOOD NEWS IS GROWING. Really. I only have 500 words here and what my friend Andy Cates had to say last week is worth far more, several billion dollars worth actually, and what St. Jude had to say at the end of the week adds billions more.

46. Minglewood Hall, 1884 Lounge Sell for $2.7 Million -

1553 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: Oct. 9, 2015

47. Reverb Launching Mobile Coffee Truck -

Reverb Coffee is launching a mobile coffee truck this week, with a series of opening events.

The truck will park at the Downtown Barking Lot Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Memphis Made Taproom, 768 S. Cooper St., Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

48. 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.

49. Reverb Launching Mobile Coffee Truck -

Reverb Coffee is launching a mobile coffee truck this week, with a series of opening events.

The truck will park at the Downtown Barking Lot Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Memphis Made Taproom, 768 S. Cooper St., Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

50. Public Housing Site Approved For Municipal Complex -

The razed site of the Walter J. Simmons public housing development at Lamar Avenue and Knight Arnold Road gained approval to be rezoned from residential to municipal/industrial use.

At a Oct. 28 meeting of the Board of Adjustment, chairman Frank Colvett said in his approval of the rezoning that,“The good part about this site is that it hasn’t been used. It’s being developed because we are combining our services so there’s an economy of efficiency and we can create a campus-like environment.”

51. Public Housing Site Approved For Municipal Complex -

The razed site of the Walter J. Simmons public housing development at Lamar Avenue and Knight Arnold Road gained approval to be rezoned from residential to municipal/industrial use.

At a Oct. 28 meeting of the Board of Adjustment, chairman Frank Colvett said in his approval of the rezoning that,“The good part about this site is that it hasn’t been used. It’s being developed because we are combining our services so there’s an economy of efficiency and we can create a campus-like environment.”

52. Events -

Wine at the Wall, a community fundraiser for development of the Chelsea Avenue Greenline and a celebration of the new public art installation, will be held Friday, Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Evergreen Street and Marble Avenue. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com or call 901-219-1059.

53. Events -

The Fall Mid-South Wedding Show & Bridal School will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center, 7300 Hacks Cross Road, Olive Branch. The event will feature vendors, multiple fashion shows, free engagement photos and more. Visit midsouthweddingshow.com for free ticket locations.

54. City Council Approves Hotel-Retail Development Near Shelby Show Place Arena -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 20, plans to develop one of the few open parcels of land along Germantown Parkway as either a hotel with retail or two retail strips.

The Germantown Market planned development by the Debra Loskovitz Spousal Trust is on the east side of Germantown Parkway, south of Timber Creek Drive next to the Shelby Show Place Arena.

55. U of M Extends Contract of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

56. Precinct Breakdown Maps Mayoral Race Battlefield -

A precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote in the Memphis mayor’s race shows Mayor-elect Jim Strickland carried eight of the 10 highest turnout precincts, five of them with better than 65 percent of the vote.

57. Belz Sells Champion Hills Office Building for $7.8M -

3725 Champion Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $7.8 million

Sale Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Buyer: Champion Hills Realty Holdings LLC
Seller: Belz Investco GP
Loan Amount: $5.5 million
Loan Date: Oct. 5, 2015
Lender: C-III Commercial Mortgage LLC
Details: Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

58. U of M Extends Contract Of AD Tom Bowen -

Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that runs through at least June 2019.

Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012. Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.

59. Belz Sells Office Building Near Windyke for $7.8M -

Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

In an Oct. 8 warranty deed, Belz Investco GP sold the four-story office building at 3725 Champion Hills Drive for $7.8 million to Faropoint Ventures LLC acting as Champion Hills Realty Holdings LLC.

60. Belz Sells Office Building Near Windyke for $7.8 Million -

Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

In an Oct. 8 warranty deed, Belz Investco GP sold the four-story office building at 3725 Champion Hills Drive for $7.8 million to Faropoint Ventures LLC acting as Champion Hills Realty Holdings LLC.

61. Public Meeting Set for Chelsea Avenue Greenline -

The city of Memphis will host a public meeting Monday, Oct. 26, on the city’s plan to develop the Chelsea Avenue Greenline.

The project covers 2.5 miles between Uptown’s Washington Park on Second Street and the Chelsea and North Evergreen Street intersection.

62. Two Warehouses Acquired in Major National Deal -

Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners, a privately held commercial real estate investment company, purchased two warehouse storage facilities in south Memphis for $5.2 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Sept. 29.

63. Events -

Phillip Ashley Chocolates will host a Spectrum tasting event Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S. Cooper St. The tasting will feature seven flights of chocolate paired with seven varieties of whiskey, plus live music and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $60. Visit phillipashleychocolates.com/spectrum for tickets.

64. Editorial: Connect Cooper-Young to Keep Midtown Momentum Going -

If you went to the Cooper-Young Festival a decade ago and compared it to what you saw this year, you would notice a difference.

And it would be more than just the size of the crowd.

You’d see different businesses, a different mix of restaurants and retail – and those would be just the immediately apparent changes.

65. Public Meeting Set For Chelsea Avenue Greenline -

The city of Memphis will host a public meeting Monday, Oct. 26, on the city’s plan to develop the Chelsea Avenue Greenline.

The project covers 2.5 miles between Uptown’s Washington Park on Second Street and the Chelsea and North Evergreen Street intersection.

66. Two Warehouses Acquired In Major National Deal -

Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners, a privately held commercial real estate investment company, purchased two warehouse storage facilities in south Memphis for $5.2 million, according to a special warranty deed signed Sept. 29.

67. Events -

43rd annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, in Audubon Park. Shop for artisan crafts and enjoy live music, artists demonstrations, family activities and more. Visit memphismuseums.org for hours and ticket prices.

68. Groups Want More Memphians to Discover River’s Front Yard -

Once upon a time it was called the “promenade.” In 1828, two years after the city of Memphis was incorporated, the city’s founders and their successors put it in writing.

The statement – signed by the men who owned 5,000 acres where the Wolf and Mississippi rivers meet – read: “In relation to the piece of ground laid off and called the Promenade, said proprietors say that it was their original intention, is now and forever will be that the same should be public ground for use only as the word imports.”

69. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Thursday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Memphis East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. CDS is seeking to fill hundreds of open positions for large industrial accounts in Memphis and the area. For details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

70. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente is the guest speaker. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

71. Events -

Cooper-Young’s Rocktober music series kicks off Monday through Thursday, Oct. 5-8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Performers include Tony Maynard (Oct. 5), Davy Ray Bennett (Oct. 6), Nora & Chuck Retroactive (Oct. 7) and Subtractions (Oct. 8). Concerts continue throughout October. Visit cooperyoung.com.

72. This Week in Memphis History: October 2-8 -

2014: Katy Perry performs to a sold-out audience at FedExForum, with Tegan and Sara and Ferras opening the show. Perry’s Memphis stop begins early, with her making an appearance on ESPN’s “Game Day” before the Ole Miss-Alabama football game in Oxford. She correctly predicts the Ole Miss upset, attends her first football game and later turns up at Funkys in Oxford, where she stage dives into the club crowd.

73. City Divisions To Relocate As Memphis Trims Its Footprint -

The city of Memphis is trimming its footprint with plans to consolidate municipal departments in three buildings across the city.

The Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building in Civic Center Plaza soon will be home to several municipal organizations, including the Memphis Police Department, the division of Housing and Community Development and some human resources and law offices.

74. This Week in Memphis History: September 11-17 -

2014: First Lady Michelle Obama visits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

2014: Formal opening of Riverfit facilities in Tom Lee Park, including soccer fields and a volleyball court as well as exercise stations along the riverfront. Created in partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies, the workout stations with a river view are part of a larger plan to turn the park into a site for more activities.

75. Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols -

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

76. Tennessee Brewery, One Beale Plans Win Approval -

Billy Orgel joked this week that his Tennessee Brewery redevelopment is “kind of like a convenience store compared to One Beale.”

But both projects, albeit one much larger than the other, sailed through the Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission this week with unanimous approval.

77. What’s Next for Memphis College of Art's Downtown Space? -

If the Memphis College of Art proceeds with consolidating its graduate school operations on its Overton Park campus, the South Main Historic Arts District would be left with a 48,000-square-foot opportunity in ready-to-lease space.

78. Music & Heritage Festival Brings Region’s Culture to Life -

Spend any amount of time with Judy Peiser at the Center for Southern Folklore and it’s easy to see she loves talking to people.

It’s not just making small talk; she enjoys getting to know everyone who comes through the center’s cafe at 119 S. Main St. And she never misses an opportunity to talk up the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, which will be Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, along Main Street in front of the center.

79. Brookhaven Boom -

Downtown has the South Main Historic Arts District and the Main Street core. Midtown has Cooper-Young, Overton Square and the Broad Avenue Arts District, among others.

In East Memphis, defining a proper restaurant and entertainment district might seem to be more difficult, but in fact it’s existed all along on Brookhaven Circle. It’s just taken a few new restaurant openings to bring the neighborhood into full focus.

80. This week in Memphis history: August 21-27 -

1982: Tony Bennett plays the 5,000-seat Mud Island Amphitheater with a three-piece band in the river park’s inaugural concert season. The Beach Boys played the amphitheater a few days earlier while Chicago played it the previous month.

81. Editorial: Fairgrounds To-Do List Grounded in Reality -

Let’s cut to the chase with the Fairgrounds.

Whatever new activity comes next may be a catalyst, but it’s time to stop pretending the Mid-South Fairgrounds is a blank slate. It’s time to stop using 10-year-old prerecession marketing studies to steer the project away from what should happen and instead toward something Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration wants to happen.

82. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

83. University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades -

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

84. 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

85. Memphis Redbirds, Grizzlies Partner for ‘Grit & Grind Night’ -

The Memphis Redbirds and Memphis Grizzlies play in different sports and at different levels, but for years the people running the teams acted as though they were quasi-rivals.

Change has been in the works for a while – the annual Cardinals Caravan was at FedExForum this winter when AutoZone Park was getting a makeover – but now a growing partnership is in even greater evidence.

86. Memphis City Council to Revisit Benefits Changes -

Memphis City Council members continue Tuesday, Aug. 18, to revisit decisions they made on retiree and employee benefits in the last year.

At its Tuesday session, council members vote on the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow some city employees to “freeze” their decision to enter the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program.

87. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

88. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

89. Iberiabank Building New Memphis Branch -

Iberiabank is expanding its Memphis footprint with another full-service branch in the works along Poplar Avenue east of Overton Park.

The Louisiana-based bank filed a $750,000 building permit in April for 2504 Poplar Ave., where Iberiabank Tennessee market president Greg Smithers said a standalone branch is planned. Set to open in the fourth quarter, it will mark the bank’s eighth branch in the Memphis area, not counting 10 other offsite ATMs included in the bank’s Memphis footprint.

90. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

91. Party in Style at Schermerhorn, Hall of Fame, Other Top Nashville Venues -

When showing off Nashville to business associates, family and friends, doing so at a swanky location with some Music City cache is sure to hammer home exactly why everyone wants to be here right now.

92. Bikesmith Ready to Roll Into First Brick-and-Mortar Store -

Memphis’ traveling bike repairman has finally found a home. A year and a half after enrolling in the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team initiative MEMMobile, Jim Steffen, known as The Bikesmith to cyclists needing an adjustment or a hail-Mary overhaul, has signed a lease on a brick-and-mortar extension of his mobile repair truck.

93. THDA Kicks Off Anti-Blight Loan Effort in Memphis -

The latest blight fight effort from city of Memphis leaders is a $6 million partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and THDA executive director Ralph Perrey announced the partnership Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Fairlawn neighborhood in South Memphis near the Lamar Avenue interstate interchange.

94. THDA Kicks Off Anti-Blight Loan Effort in Memphis -

The latest blight fight effort from city of Memphis leaders is a $6 million partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and THDA executive director Ralph Perrey announced the partnership Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Fairlawn neighborhood in South Memphis near the Lamar Avenue interstate interchange.

95. Council Delays Final CLERB Vote Until After Elections, Citing Officer's Death -

Memphis City Council members delayed a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on new rules for the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board until after the October city elections.

And there appeared to be a new difference of opinion within the administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. about the ordinance.

96. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

4750 Pleasant Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

97. '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.

98. Warehouse At Perimeter Point Sells for $775,000 -

A Perimeter Point industrial building has been sold for $775,000.

Missouri-based Martabra Real Estate LLC acquired the flex warehouse building at 5055 Covington Way, just off Covington Pike south of Elmore Road, from CP Perimeter Point LLC, an affiliate of California-based Coastal Partners LLC.

99. ‘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.

100. City Council OKs East Memphis Storage Facility -

Memphis City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday, July 21, an indoor storage center planned development at 900 Reddoch Street along Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.