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1. Remaking Crosstown -

As he was leading tours through Crosstown Concourse this month, Todd Richardson took a small group to a set of windows for a balcony view of an addition being constructed on the north side of the property.

2. Lazarov Strategizes to Strengthen Memphis Businesses -

There’s a lot Jami Lazarov can’t tell you about her work. The young attorney – three years into her position as a senior associate attorney at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP – practices the kind of law carried out in high-pressure offices and boardrooms, not high-drama courtrooms. And the specifics stay between Lazarov and her many influential Memphis clients.

3. County Mulls Garage For Long-Term Parking Fix -

Shelby County Jury Commission officials have points they always make with citizens on jury duty in Downtown Memphis. And it includes an apology for the parking situation around the Criminal Justice Center and the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse, where those called to be on juries will work for a week at a time.

4. 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

5. First Alliance Bank Moving to Clark Tower -

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

The new 3,920 office will be located adjacent to Clark Tower’s lobby, and will offer full banking services and a drive-through facility.

6. Victorian Village Gets New Signage, Design Guidelines -

The signs that have started popping up around the Victorian Village neighborhood welcome passersby to the historic community, with an announcement greeting visitors in large and prominent letters.

Three of the signs have been posted so far. One more is still on the way. All of them include a silhouette of the neighborhood – with its historic mansions and older properties – set against a sunrise.

7. County Pulls Permit For Rape, Crime Victims Center -

Shelby County government is about to begin a renovation of the former Shelby County Forensic Center building at 1060 Madison Ave. to convert it into the new offices of the Rape Crisis Center and Crime Victims Center.

8. County Pulls Permit for New Rape Crisis-Crime Victims Center -

Shelby County government is about to begin a renovation of the former Shelby County Forensic Center building at 1060 Madison Avenue to convert it into the new offices of the Rape Crisis Center and the Crime Victims Center.

9. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, an 18-acre shopping center in the heart of Bartlett sells for $28.8 million, Ulta Beauty prepares to build out its space in Poplar Commons, and Dave & Buster’s continues work on its first Memphis location...

10. Ulta Beauty Files Permit For East Memphis Store -

Ulta Beauty is preparing to build out its space in Poplar Commons, the East Memphis shopping center rising across from Oak Court Mall.

The cosmetics retailer is seeking a $450,000 permit application to work on the interior of its future location at 4572 Poplar Ave., inside the shopping center that will be anchored by Nordstrom Rack. No contractor is listed on the application.

11. Bartlett Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $30M -

An Atlanta-based real estate investment firm has made its first purchase in the Memphis market with the acquisition of a 198,103-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Bartlett.

The Bartlett Towne Centre, located at 6005 Stage Road, was acquired by Branch Properties LLC from Houston-based real estate investment trust Weingarten Realty for $28.8 million.

12. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

13. Rommy Hammond Of Buster’s Liquors Dies -

Funeral arrangements were pending Thursday, July 13, for Rommy Hammond of Buster’s Liquors.

Hammond, who owned and ran the family business from 1970 to 2004, died Tuesday at the age of 76.

14. Rommy Hammond Of Buster’s Liquors Dies -

Funeral arrangements were pending Thursday, July 13, for Rommy Hammond of Buster’s Liquors.

Hammond, who owned and ran the family business from 1970 to 2004, died Tuesday at the age of 76.

15. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

Malco Theatres’ Downtown movie theater continues to take shape, with the Memphis-based cinema chain seeking its second multimillion-dollar building permit for the project in recent months.


45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5 million

16. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $5 million

Project Cost: $55 million

Application Date: July 2017

Owner: Henry Turley Co. and Community Capital

17. East Memphis Office Building Sells for $7 Million -

A 79,000-square-foot office building in East Memphis has switched hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Gregory Realty GP purchased the Class B building at 855 Ridge Lake Blvd. for $7 million from Israel-based investors Faropoint Ventures, doing business as Ridge Lake TN Realty Holdings LLC.

18. East Memphis Office Building Sells for $7 Million -

A 79,000-square-foot office building in East Memphis has switched hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Gregory Realty GP purchased the Class B building at 855 Ridge Lake Blvd. for $7 million from Israel-based investors Faropoint Ventures, doing business as Ridge Lake TN Realty Holdings LLC.

19. Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House -

945 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $85,750

Application Date: July 2017

20. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

21. June 30-July 6, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: On the first day of the NBA’s free agency period, the Memphis Grizzlies offer point guard Mike Conley $153 million over five years to stay with the team – an NBA record contract. The same day in a related move, the Grizzlies come to terms with power forward Chandler Parsons on a four-year $94 million contract.

22. Events -

The Collierville Chamber of Commerce will host a Small-Business Lunch & Learn Thursday, June 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Collierville Center, 215 W. Poplar Ave. Courtney Orians, coordinator of external activities at the U of M, will discuss personality types in the workplace. Cost is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit colliervillechamber.com for registration details.

23. Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

24. Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

25. Strickland Pushes Economic Breakthrough Outside City's Current Hot Spots -

The city of Memphis has to grow economically outside of the Poplar Avenue corridor of East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown if the city is to prosper, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that economic breakthrough can start in Whitehaven.

26. Ole Miss Buys Baptist Hospital in $22 Million Deal -

2301 S. Lamar Blvd.
Oxford, MS 38655

Sale Amount: $22 million

Sale Date: June 15, 2017

27. Downtown Core Attracting More Corporate Tenants -

Hamida Mandani, who with her husband Sunny owns City Market at the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue, is anticipating lots of potential new customers soon for her small grocery and deli enterprise.

28. Golden India Seeks New Location Near Square -

The owners of Golden India restaurant in Overton Square want to move from their Madison Avenue storefront of 20 years to the site of a circa-1912 duplex on North Cooper Street where they intend to build a new restaurant.

29. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

30. Golden India Makes Relocation Plans Near Overton Square -

The owners of Golden India restaurant in Overton Square want to move from their Madison Avenue storefront of 20 years to the site of a circa 1912 duplex on North Cooper Street north of Madison where they intend to build a new restaurant.

31. Two Local Families Looking to Develop ‘Jewel' of East Memphis -

Building a boutique corporate headquarters on a heavily wooded tract of land near Dixon Gallery and Gardens would stand in stark contrast to the more urban feel of a project on Poplar Avenue like TraVure, but that’s what makes this East Memphis location so special.

32. Events -

Memphis Italian Festival 2017 will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 1-3, in Marquette Park (corner of Mount Moriah and Park Avenue). The celebration of all things Italian will feature full-course meals and picnic dinners, vendors, bocce and cornhole tournaments, live entertainment and more. Visit memphisitalianfestival.com for details.

33. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

34. Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis -

Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon.

35. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

36. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine series Tuesday, May 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. This month’s tasting, “Cork and Pork,” wraps up May with a tribute to swine and wine. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.

37. Events -

Memphis Italian Festival 2017 will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 1-3, in Marquette Park (corner of Mount Moriah and Park Avenue). The celebration of all things Italian will feature full-course meals and picnic dinners; more than 40 arts and crafts vendors; bocce, volleyball and cornhole tournaments; the Luigi 5K race; live entertainment and more. Visit memphisitalianfestival.com for hours and admission prices.

38. Senses Allowed to Remain Open While Reapplying for Permit -

Senses, the Poplar Avenue nightclub that found itself in the midst of zoning dispute, will be allowed to remain open for business while the owners and the county sort out the zoning issues.

Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter ruled Wednesday, May 24, the business could remain open, but with some stipulations.

39. Judge Rules Senses Can Remain Open While Reapplying for Permit -

Senses, the Poplar Avenue nightclub that found itself in the midst of zoning dispute, will be allowed to remain open for business while the owners and the county sort out the zoning issues.

Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter ruled Wednesday, May 24, the business could remain open, but with some stipulations.

40. Medical District Apartments Sell for $5.2 Million -

A medical district apartment switches hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, a Downtown developer plans an apartment complex near FedExForum, and a California investor buys a local industrial portfolio. Details in this week’s Real Estate Recap...

41. Fresh Market Updates Memphis-Area Stores -

The Fresh Market has unveiled a new look and shopping experience at its Memphis-area stores, part of changes the brand is rolling out company-wide through 2018.

The Memphis stores were part of the early rollout, which has already seen updates to Fresh Market stores in the company’s home state of North Carolina, as well as in Boca Raton, Florida, and Columbia, South Carolina. In general, the changes include a new look inside and expanded product offerings – at the company’s store at 2145 Union Ave., for example, a baby section greets customers for the first time.

42. Corky’s Targets Millennials With Store Upgrades, UberEATS -

Corky’s BBQ is chasing a new generation of customers it wants to turn into barbecue fans.

To do that, the company is making what co-owner Barry Pelts estimates is a six-figure investment in renovations for its Memphis-area eateries. That update is already basically finished at the flagship Corky’s restaurant at 5259 Poplar Ave., which features an open floor plan, three widescreen TVs, brighter interior lighting, new booths and more.

43. Outdoors Inc. Opens Downtown Pop-Up Store -

Outdoors Inc. is trying something new for its sixth retail location, which opened its doors earlier this month at 100 Peabody Place Downtown.

44. Last Word: Murphy's, Mount Arlington in Midtown and Surgery Open House -

Senses, the nightclub on the eastern side of the Poplar viaduct, is back. Apparently it’s been back for a little while but the top code enforcement official involved says it is news to him and may be a violation that puts this matter in Environmental Court.

45. Events -

The Memphis Greek Festival returns Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland St. Greek food, music, dancing, marketplace, kids’ activities, a food drive-thru and church tours are all part of the festivities. Call 901-327-8177 or visit memphisgreekfestival.com for details.

46. Clark Tower Wraps Up $8 Million Renovation -

Commercial real estate firm Colliers International has announced the owner of Clark Tower, In-Rel Properties, has finished an $8 million renovation of the iconic East Memphis office building. Details on that and other top deals in this week's Real Estate Recap...

47. Events -

Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Guest speaker Tom Sampson, regional delivery director of Randstad Technologies’ IT Solutions engagements in the Midwest/Chicagoland area, will address the topic of Agile Transformation. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

48. Last Word: Railgarten Redux, Raleigh Springs Mall and Forrest Author Speaks -

Railgarten II, Son of Railgarten, Railgarten, Beyond the Board of Adjustment, Railgarten, Enter The City Council … Take your pick of sequel titles. Railgarten goes back to the City Council Tuesday for at least a committee discussion in which the council considers whether it should take back the special use permit it granted the bar-restaurant. This is a follow up to the Board of Adjustment decision last month to delay any action on approving the other annexes of the business for 30 days.

49. Events -

Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will perform with musicians from IRIS Orchestra and the Memphis Blues Society Tuesday, May 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lafayette’s Music Room, 2119 Madison Ave. Enjoy dinner and drinks while taking in Siegel’s full-length “Chamber Blues” show. Cover is $5. Visit irisorchestra.org.

50. Morris Park Tent City Calls for City-Run Homeless Shelter -

For several hours Saturday, May 6, a row of nine tents were pitched on Morris Park off Poplar Avenue in a call for a free city shelter for the homeless.

51. Events -

IRIS Orchestra will present a screening of “Born in Chicago” Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at Malco’s Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Live music from the Memphis Blues Society starts in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.; a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will follow the screening. Admission is $15. Call 901-751-7669 to order tickets.

52. New York Firm Pays $23M for 3 Germantown Hotels -

7750 Wolf River Blvd., 9314 Poplar Pike and 9320 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138 | Sale Amount: $23 million

Sale Date: April 28, 2017

53. New York Firm Pays $23M For 3 Memphis-Area Hotels -

AR Global Investments, a New York-based asset management firm, has purchased a trio of Germantown hotels for a combined $23 million from Austin, Texas-based Summit Hotel Properties, according to three warranty deeds filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds on April 28.

54. IMPROVE Act Addresses Backlogged Shelby County Projects -

Billed as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to increase state funding to address a backlog of roadway improvement projects in Tennessee, the recently passed IMPROVE Act is one of Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature pieces of legislation.

55. Last Word: DNA Unit Trouble, 100 Years After Ell Persons and Gas Tax Hike Redux -

The suspension of Ouita Knowlton, the Memphis Police detective overseeing the MPD's DNA Unit, appears to involve more than alleged violations of police policies. The unit oversees testing and processing of all current rape kits and those left unprocessed for decades that the city is currently working its way through five years after the admission. The District Attorney General’s office is part of the investigation of Knowlton, the office confirmed Monday. There are no specifics about what is involved here. But the police investigation will go to District Attorney General Amy Weirich who will then determine if criminal laws were violated and if there is a case to be made.

56. Planned Parenthood Opening 2nd Location -

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is preparing to open a second location.

The organization has finished construction on a $2.7 million health center at 835 Virginia Run Cove, near Summer Avenue and Interstate 240 in the Berclair area, and will begin seeing patients there May 1.

57. MATA Prepares Case for $30M Increase To Fund Bus System Improvements -

Probably by the end of the summer, a group pushing for $30 million in additional funds for the Memphis Area Transit Authority will be making the case to the public to raise that dedicated source of funding.

58. Germantown Village Square Sells for $27.3 Million -

7694 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $27.3 million

Sale Date: April 24, 2017 

Buyer: PEBB Enterprises

59. Germantown Village Square Sells for $29.3 Million -

A Boyle Investment Co. real estate investment fund has sold Germantown Village Square to PEBB Enterprises, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Florida, for $29.3 million.

60. Boyle Investment Fund Sells Germantown Village Square for $29.3M -

A Boyle Investment Co. real estate investment fund has sold Germantown Village Square to PEBB Enterprises, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Florida, for $29.3 million.

61. Planned Parenthood Opening 2nd Location -

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is preparing to open a second location.

The organization has finished construction on a $2.7 million health center at 835 Virginia Run Cove, near Summer Avenue and Interstate 240 in the Berclair area, and will begin seeing patients there May 1.

62. East Memphis Office Sells for $17 Million -

6055 Primacy Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $17 million 

Sale Date: April 11, 2017

63. East Memphis Office Sells for $17M -

Primacy II, a 123,265-square-foot East Memphis office building, has a new owner thanks to a huge $17 million deal.

Nashville-based Priam Capital purchased the office building located at 6055 Primacy Parkway near the intersection Ridgway Road and Park Avenue from The Southland Companies for $16.6 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds April 11.

64. Shops of Wolflake Near Wolfchase Sells for $4.8M -

2965 N. Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, TN 38133 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: March 31

Buyer: WFL Retail LLC

65. Binghampton’s Diverse Culture On Display at Kaleidoscope Festival -

With nearly 20 nationalities calling Binghampton home, the neighborhood possibly is the most culturally diverse in Memphis.

That diversity will be celebrated Saturday, April 15, at Wiseacre Brewing Co. with Kaleidoscope, a multicultural food festival that will present a variety of food entrepreneurs serving up unique goodness from their homes. The food festival is the culmination of work over the past year to support refugee and immigrant food entrepreneurs in the Binghampton community.

66. Shops of Wolflake Sells for $4.8 Million -

A Germantown Parkway shopping center near Wolfchase Galleria has switched hands for nearly $5 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds March 31.

Called the Shops of Wolflake, the Bartlett shopping center is located between St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett and the Wolfchase mall and is anchored by Eat Well Sushi and Grill.

67. “Gateway’ Puzzle Begins To Come Together -

Starting last summer, a new ownership group for the city’s largest hotel by room count was undertaking its due diligence largely out of the public eye.

There were some rumblings about the Sheraton Memphis Downtown changing hands three years after a renovation of the 600-room hotel attached to the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

68. City's Largest Hotel Changes Hands In Latest 'Gateway' Puzzle Piece -

The largest hotel in the city by room count is changing hands in what is a key part of the city’s effort to remake the Memphis Cook Convention Center as a part of a larger “Gateway project” in the general convention center area.

69. Shops of Wolflake Near Wolfchase Sold for $4.8M -

A Germantown Parkway shopping center near Wolfchase Galleria has switched hands for nearly $5 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds March 31.

Called the Shops of Wolflake, the Bartlett shopping center is located between St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett and the Wolfchase mall and is anchored by Eat Well Sushi and Grill.

70. EDGE's ICED Loan Program Gives Small-Business Owners a Hand Up -

Camy Archer had built a loyal following of customers at her eponymous Midtown restaurant over the course of two decades and business was good.

But when her landlord struck a deal with another tenant in 2015, she was suddenly scrambling to find a new home for her business before she ended up losing everything she worked so hard to create.

71. Riverside and Cooper Bike Lanes Draw Complaints -

Out of 10 repaving projects the city is considering for bike lanes by this fall, the two that got the most attention at an open house Monday, March 27, were the Riverside Drive and Cooper Street bike-lane proposals.

72. The Week Ahead: March 27-April 1 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! The Bluff City plays host to several big names this week, from acclaimed country musician Margo Price and influential feminist Dolores Huerta to the always-popular St. Louis Cardinals. Plus, Midtown celebrates its mojo and Germantown goes to the dogs, all in The Week Ahead… 

73. FedExFamilyHouse Breaks Ground on $12M Expansion -

918 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Project Cost: $12 million 

Owners: Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and FedEx

74. Last Word: 'Ono Poke and the Ghost of The Luau, Council Day and $3 Concerts -

The ghost of the Luau lives on. Loeb has a new tenant for the Shops of Chickasaw Gardens called ‘Ono Poke that features Hawaiian cuisine. And the restaurant will be just about on the other side of Poplar Avenue from where the Luau used to stand with its large concrete Easter Island head, Polynesian dishes and Hawaii Five-O era architecture – not the remake, the real Five-O and the real McGarrett.

75. Former Senses Nightclub To Be Sold in Foreclosure -

The shuttered Senses nightclub on Poplar Avenue is facing foreclosure after its owners, who had planned to resurrect the once-popular nightclub, defaulted on a $1.1 million loan.

C&R Events Enterprise LLC bought the former Senses property at 2866 Poplar Ave. from Mascom Properties for $1.2 million in May 2015. The purchase included the 14,700-square-foot warehouse that housed the nightclub as well as the adjacent 134-space parking lot.

76. Last Word: Gas Tax Resurrection, More Monitoring and Germantown's $200 M Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax bill emerged from the workshop effectively on Monday with a sharper cut in the state grocery tax making the complex set of gas tax hike and other tax rollbacks more than revenue neutral.

77. Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan -

Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.

78. Former Senses Nightclub Facing Foreclosure Sale -

The shuttered Senses nightclub on Poplar Avenue is facing foreclosure after its owners, who had planned to resurrect the once-popular nightclub, defaulted on a $1.1 million loan.

C&R Events Enterprise LLC bought the former Senses property at 2866 Poplar Ave. from Mascom Properties for $1.2 million in May 2015. The purchase included the 14,700-square-foot warehouse that housed the nightclub as well as the adjacent 134-space parking lot.

79. Events -

Party at the Plaza, a kickoff party for a yearlong art installation by Cat Peña, will be held Thursday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the plaza at 600 Monroe Ave. (at Marshall Avenue). Hosted by the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, The Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission, the party will include live music by John Paul Keith, beer from High Cotton Brewing, and more. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

80. Muslims in Memphis Series Draws Increased Attendance -

It’s been 15 years since former Mayor Willie Herenton declared March the month to acknowledge Muslims in Memphis, and that celebration has grown substantially since then, especially in recent years.

81. City Seeks Convention Center Hotel Planning Consultant -

The Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation is about to get a construction manager and soon to follow will be a price estimate – how much an upgrade to the 40-plus-year-old facility can the city get for its money.

82. New Triumph Bank Office Shows Way Forward -

Sometimes, a building can be as much a place as it is a statement, a testament to values and the culture of the people who occupy it.

Such is the case Triumph Bank makes about its new roughly 10,000-square-foot Commercial and Mortgage Lending Center at 5904 Ridgeway Center Parkway. It has an open layout, with teams, desks, executives and employees arrayed in basically a large circle, wrapping around the center of the space.

83. Curb Market Moving, Sells Property to Hattie B’s -

Popular Nashville restaurant Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has bought The Curb Market’s Cooper-Young location as the market prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse.

The Curb Market, which is owned by Peter Schutt, president of The Daily News Publishing Co., opened last March in the former Easy Way at 596 S. Cooper St. That store will close Sunday, Feb. 12, to begin the move to an 8,500-square-foot bay in Crosstown Concourse – nearly quadruple the size of its current space.

84. Last Word: Little Chairs in Longview, Police Pay Raise and Tiger Football Schedule -

The toys are in their cubbyholes. No stray Legos yet. The little chairs tucked neatly under little tables. The tall trees with their bare branches are much in need of little eyes inspecting their twisted branches and the shadows they make on the winter ground.

85. Union Billboard, Impasse Changes Precede Police Contract Talks -

The union representing Memphis Police officers and the city administration are just about ready to start negotiating a new contract.

The contract talks come with a lot of scenery – notably a new billboard on Poplar Avenue that is the latest in a series from the Memphis Police Association in recent years. But along with the contract negotiations, a proposal to change the city’s impasse procedure is on the horizon as well.

86. Curb Market Moving, Sells Property to Hattie B’s -

Popular Nashville restaurant Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has bought The Curb Market’s Cooper-Young location as the market prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse.

The Curb Market, which is owned by Peter Schutt, president of The Daily News Publishing Co., opened last March in the former Easy Way at 596 S. Cooper St. That store will close Sunday, Feb. 12, to begin the move to an 8,500-square-foot bay in Crosstown Concourse – nearly quadruple the size of its current space.

87. Curb Market Closing Cooper-Young Location to Begin Crosstown Move -

Almost a year after it opened, The Curb Market is closing its Cooper-Young location Sunday, Feb. 12, as it begins its move to Crosstown Concourse.

The locally sourced food store, which is owned by Peter Schutt, president of The Daily News Publishing Co., opened last March in the former Easy Way at 596 S. Cooper St. The new 8,500-square-foot bay in Crosstown Concourse will be nearly four times the size of the Cooper-Young store.

88. Temple Israel Expanding Into Crosstown Concourse -

495 N Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Temple Israel

Details: In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.
Officials said the new Crosstown campus won’t be a second synagogue, but will instead enhance the Temple’s community outreach programs.
“We believe that Temple will thrive in Crosstown and that you, the members, will be truly amazed by the collaboration in the years ahead,” Temple Israel president Elkan Scheidt said in the email. “Crosstown’s creativity, innovation, and social-action focus aligns seamlessly with Temple and Reform Judaism’s inclusive philosophy.”
Temple Israel formed a preliminary Crosstown committee, which included Cara Greenstein, Alex Shindler, Daniel Kiel, Meggan Kiel, Bruce Landau, Susanne Landau, Joanna Lipman, Josh Lipman, Liz Rudnick and Elton Parker to discuss the move before deciding to sign a lease for a 1,200-square-foot “Midtown Living Room” in the Concourse.
“By offering countless programming and Tikkun Olam opportunities, Temple Israel Crosstown will bring the celebrated Temple Israel spirit of 38120 to 38104,” the announcement went on to say. “It will also become a new member gateway for unaffiliated Downtown/Midtown Jews and newcomers to Memphis.”
“Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repairing this broken world,” expresses the fundamental Jewish idea that what we do to heal the hurt and help those who are suffering most – in our city and in this world – is what matters most to the one God who loves us all,” Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, said.
The email outlined some of the programs Temple Israel could offer in Crosstown, such as partnerships with their Crosstown neighbors, lunch and learns, baby-and-me classes, Hebrew tutoring and Women of Reformed Judaism-Sisterhood knitting for the Manna House.
Temple Israel, which is located at 1376 E. Massey Road, was founded in 1854 as the first permanent Jewish house of worship in Tennessee and now serves 1,500 member families in the Memphis area. 

89. Poplar Plaza Kroger To Get Starbucks -

Kroger has filed a building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for more renovations to its Poplar Plaza location, which includes a new Starbucks kiosk.

90. Johnson Road Park Dropped As Germantown School Site -

The Germantown Municipal Schools board has dropped the idea of building a new elementary school in Johnson Park.

Meeting Monday, Jan. 30, the board narrowed its choices to three sites. One is on the north side of Poplar Avenue between Kimbrough and Oakleigh. The second is at Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike, and the third is a parcel of land south of that.

91. Garrison Exit From MATA Coincides With Push for More Public Funding -

When he first got to Memphis in the summer of 2014, Ron Garrison got asked the same question a lot – did he know how difficult the job leading the Memphis Area Transit Authority would be.

92. Downtown Church Ready to Rise From the Ashes -

204 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38105 
Permit Amount: $2.6 million

Application Date: January 2017 

Owner: First United Methodist Church

93. Planet Fitness Seeks $3.8M Permit for Imperial Lanes Site -

The vacant Imperial Lanes bowling alley on Summer Avenue is moving closer to redevelopment as a Planet Fitness gym.

A $3.8 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new building at 4700 Summer Ave., the site of the former bowling alley. The permit lists PF Arkansas as the property owner and Planet Fitness as the tenant.

94. Planet Fitness Seeks $3.8M Permit for Former Imperial Lanes Site -

The vacant Imperial Lanes bowling alley on Summer Avenue is moving closer to redevelopment as a Planet Fitness gym.

A $3.8 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new building at 4700 Summer Ave., the site of the former bowling alley. The permit lists PF Arkansas as the property owner and Planet Fitness as the tenant.

95. Planet Fitness Seeks $3.8M Permit for Former Imperial Lanes Site -

The vacant Imperial Lanes bowling alley on Summer Avenue is moving closer to redevelopment as a Planet Fitness gym.

A $3.8 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new building at 4700 Summer Ave., the site of the former bowling alley. The permit lists PF Arkansas as the property owner and Planet Fitness as the tenant.

96. TraVure Developers Close On Construction Loan -

Developers of the TraVure mixed-use project in Germantown have closed on a $34.1 million construction loan.

First Bank provided the financing for the five-story, 150,000-square-foot Class A office building that will include the new corporate headquarters for apartment real estate investment trust MAA. It includes a five-story parking garage.

97. Historic Downtown Church May Finally Rise from Ashes -

More than 10 years after a fire ravaged First United Methodist Church, church officials are ready to move forward with the next phase of the rebuilding process.

The church, which sits on a half acre near Second Street and Poplar Avenue Downtown, filed a nearly $2.6 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to complete the building.

98. Last Word: The Return of First United Methodist, T-STEM at East and Road List -

For more than a decade, the skeleton of First United Methodist Church’s return on the northeast corner of Second Street and Poplar Avenue has been standing. It went up shortly after the last of the original church’s façade crumbled, dashing hopes that some of the blue-gray stones of the original church might survive following a disastrous 2006 fire. And now there are signs the church is about to return.

99. Shelby County Road Projects on TDOT’s List -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed IMPROVE Act would raise the state fuel tax and cut other state taxes to raise funds for a backlog of road and infrastructure projects across the state.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s project list contains 20 projects for Shelby County, work the state is committed to doing but has not funded. The Shelby County projects include:

100. Historic Downtown Church May Finally Rise from Ashes -

More than 10 years after a fire ravaged First United Methodist Church, church officials are ready to move forward with the next phase of the rebuilding process.

The church, which sits on a half acre near Second Street and Poplar Avenue Downtown, filed a nearly $2.6 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to complete the building.