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1. Cossitt Series Kicks Off With 1980s Games, Films -

The city’s first public library is not closed. It’s something Memphis Public Library director Keenon McCloy has to keep telling people. And she’s taking steps to do more than just show the Cossitt Library is open, including fielding and testing out ideas for the second floor of the library.

2. Methodist Signs $12.9M Technology Contract -

Methodist Healthcare has signed a $12.9 million technology contract with Johnson Controls, the North American headquarters of which is in Milwaukee, to help modernize Methodist University Hospital, the system’s flagship.

3. Events -

Sales & Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a networking happy hour Thursday, Aug. 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree hotel, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Cost is free; cash bar provided. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

4. U of M Receives $242,500 Clean Energy Grant -

The University of Memphis has been selected to receive a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant of $242,500 for enhancements at the Ned R. McWherter Library.

The project will consist of replacing a 330-ton, water-cooled chiller with a new variable-speed, high-efficiency chiller and a conversion of the existing cooling tower to variable speed at the library. The current chiller operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the new system will provide significant energy and cost savings.

5. Downtown Office Market Picking Up, Industrial Market Could Get Hotter -

Memphis’ office and industrial markets saw strong second quarters, with increased absorption and positive outlooks for the rest of the year.

The quarter was dominated by ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ announcement that it was moving its headquarters from East Memphis to the shuttered Peabody Place mall. The home services and tech company will transform the former mall into a $27 million, Class A office building.

6. U of M Receives $242,500 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant -

The University of Memphis has been selected to receive a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant of $242,500 for enhancements at the Ned R. McWherter Library.

The project will consist of replacing a 330-ton, water-cooled chiller with a new variable-speed, high-efficiency chiller and a conversion of the existing cooling tower to variable speed at the library. The current chiller operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the new system will provide significant energy and cost savings.

7. Largest Multifamily Sale Takes Place for $39.1M -

8285 Irene Blvd.
Memphis 38125

Sale Amount: $39.1 million

Sale Date: Aug. 5, 2016

Buyer: WDC Greens Investment LLC and MEM Greens at Irene LLC

8. ‘Difficult Year’ Leads To One Beale Delay -

The pair of skyscrapers meant for the corner of Beale Street and Riverside Drive have hit a few roadblocks, but Chase Carlisle hopes that construction will begin on the One Beale project within a year.

9. Hyde Capital Pays $15.4M For 3 Midtown Properties -

New York-based Hyde Capital has purchased three Midtown properties for a combined $15.4 million.

Rosecrest LLC, a company of Hyde Capital, purchased the Rosecrest Apartments from Northland Rosecrest LLC for $8.5 million in an Aug. 5 warranty deed.

10. Hyde Capital Pays $15.4M For 3 Midtown Properties -

New York-based Hyde Capital has purchased three Midtown properties for a combined $15.4 million.

Rosecrest LLC, a company of Hyde Capital, purchased the Rosecrest Apartments from Northland Rosecrest LLC for $8.5 million in an Aug. 5 warranty deed.

11. Church Health YMCA Planned for Crosstown -

The YMCA will open its 11th Memphis-area branch in Crosstown Concourse in partnership with the Church Health Center.

“(The Church Health YMCA) is maybe one of the most exciting things we have done, said Keith Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South.

12. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

13. First Tennessee Consolidating Real Estate -

First Tennessee Bank is renovating and restructuring three of its Memphis properties in a project totaling upwards of $62 million.

14. Last Word: Spec In East Memphis, Bike Share Test and Gannett Earnings -

Pinnacle Financial is the anchor for the first Class A spec office space in Memphis in just about a decade.

Madeline Faber breaking the Boyle lease news for the $20-million office tower at 949 S. Shady Grove Road. This is what office-space developers have been talking about for quite some time and as more time passed there was apprehension about the window for spec office space running out.

15. Pinnacle Financial to Anchor Boyle’s Building -

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

16. Pinnacle Financial Anchor Tenant in Boyle's New Office Building -

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

17. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College will hold an open house for those interested in pursuing a technology career path Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Fulton Building Auditorium, room 400, on the Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Tours will be given of state-of-the-art technology labs and new tech equipment, and attendees can explore associate degrees and technical certificates. Contact Susan Wilson at scwilson@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4031 for details.

18. New Center to Capitalize on Strong Retail Demand -

The shopping center at 6450 Poplar Ave. is fully constructed with tenants opening as soon as next month.

19. Last Word: Corker Out, The Madison Changes Hands and Blockchain -

Corker out… at least as a Vice Presidential nominee. It sounds like U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee broke the news to Trump during the Tuesday meeting at Trump Tower but before appearing with Trump at a campaign stop in North Carolina.

20. Bridge Builders Creating Leaders One Cohort at a Time -

In the High Adventure Hall in the Bridges Center on North Fifth Street, more than 150 seventh- and eighth-graders, organized in groups designated by team-colored T-shirts, are collectively and enthusiastically practicing the Bridge Builders pledge:

21. Events -

Shelby County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will hold a juvenile justice summit Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The summit aims to bring awareness to Shelby County juvenile reform efforts and encourage citizens to participate in them. James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equality, will present the keynote. Cost is free. For details, email kimbrell.owens@shelbycountytn.gov or call 901-222-0902.

22. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

23. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis Campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

24. ServiceMaster Plans Different Second Street Look -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. and its landlord, Belz Enterprises, plan to remove the pedestrian skybridge into the Peabody Place development that crosses over Second Street. And the plans call for adding more than 50 new windows to the second and third level surfaces on the Second Street side of the mall.

25. Events -

Rochelle Stevens, Olympic gold medalist and author of “Travel the World by Foot,” will visit two Memphis library branches this week. Adult library customers can meet Stevens on Monday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hollywood library, 1530 N. Hollywood St. Children can meet her Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the East Shelby library, 7200 E. Shelby Drive. Visit memphislibrary.org.

26. Events -

Rochelle Stevens, Olympic gold medalist and author of “Travel the World by Foot,” will visit two Memphis library branches this week. Adult library customers can meet Stevens on Monday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hollywood library, 1530 N. Hollywood St. Children can meet her Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the East Shelby library, 7200 E. Shelby Drive. Visit memphislibrary.org.

27. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” author Samantha Crespo for a discussion and signing, along with the kickoff of Booksellers’ 100 Things in the 901 Contest, on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for details.

28. Events -

David Lusk Gallery will host an opening reception for Tim Crowder’s “Accumulator” and Kelly S. Williams’ “The Playbook” on Friday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 97 Tillman St. Visit davidluskgallery.com.

29. Overton Square Atrium Has New Operator -

On a Friday morning, the Atrium in Overton Square may host a corporate meeting, with a wedding planned for that same night.

As the event venue’s new operator, CFY Catering will manage event bookings, planning, preparation and of course, the food.

30. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

31. Last Word: Budget No Go, Largest Home Sale of 2016 and Crosstown Moves -

The Shelby County Commission probably has enough votes to approve the funding in the county budget the Shelby County Schools system wants, which includes $24.7 million on new funding.

Yet after about four hours of discussion, the commission didn’t take votes on any budget resolutions or the county property tax rate resolution Monday.

32. NexAir to Move to Crosstown Concourse -

Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

33. NexAir to Move to Crosstown Concourse -

Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

NexAir will leave its headquarters on Corporate Avenue to become the largest for-profit tenant at the Crosstown Concourse building. Construction on nexAir’s tenant space is already underway, and the company plans to move its 65 corporate employees into the new headquarters in spring 2017. NexAir’s fill plants, distribution centers and retail stores will not be affected by the move.

34. U of M Music Building to Get Mechanical Update -

The University of Memphis is preparing some mechanical upgrades to its 50-year-old music building.

A $3.4 million building permit application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement calls for a “mechanical modernization” of the music building at 3775 Central Ave., which houses the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Harris Concert Hall and other related offices and classrooms.

35. Designers Transform Old Sears Tower, Maintain Its Character -

When it opens in January 2017, the Crosstown Concourse building will place users in the medical, educational and arts professions side-by-side in a 1.5-million-square-foot building.

The developers’ vision for the project is that through cohabitation, different sectors will inspire collaboration and creativity across seemingly disparate operations. That vision translates into the building’s design, which emphasizes community spaces with tenants sharing entrances and even rented space.

36. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

37. U of M Music Building to Get Mechanical Update -

The University of Memphis is preparing some mechanical upgrades to its 50-year-old music building.

A $3.4 million building permit application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement calls for a “mechanical modernization” of the music building at 3775 Central Ave., which houses the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Harris Concert Hall and other related offices and classrooms.

38. Crosstown High Organizers Prepare Charter Application as One Option -

The organizers of a Crosstown High School expect to take their application for a charter school to the Shelby County Schools board at the end of June.

Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli said the still evolving purpose and structure of the school is as a “contract school” in the Shelby County Schools system.

39. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

40. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

41. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association will bring back the Mid-South Parade of Homes on select days from Friday, June 10, through June 26. Twenty-two homes across the Mid-South will be showcased. Tickets are free at Siano Appliance Distributors and Regions Bank locations, Visit midsouthparade.com.

42. Oyler Brings German Efficiency to Memphis Transportation -

Urban planners are born, not made. At least, that’s how it was with Nicholas Oyler. From the time he was in middle school, he couldn’t stop thinking about how cities work.

“I was always doodling skyscrapers,” Oyler recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t Memphis have more of them? And what can we do to get more?’”

43. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

44. ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

On Friday, June 3, ServiceMaster laid to rest months of speculation about whether the company would relocate to a larger city like Atlanta or Dallas. Memphis’ available Class A office space can’t currently accommodate ServiceMaster’s needs, so it looked to the retail sector for its new home.

45. ServiceMaster Picks Peabody Place For New HQ -

It's Peabody Place for the new ServiceMaster headquarters. According to multiple sources, Memphis-based ServiceMaster will consolidate its operations and move into Peabody Place Downtown.

The formal announcement is expected Friday, June 3, at noon.

46. Accounting Firm Marks Centennial With 100 Days of Giving -

Accounting firm Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck is turning 100 years old. Knowing it owes that longevity to support from local organizations, it is giving back to local charities for 100 consecutive days.

47. Wal-Mart Testing Drones in Warehouses to Manage Inventory -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing drones that it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and which it said Thursday could be rolled out in the next six to nine months across its distribution centers.

48. Last Word: South Main and Main, More Wheel Tax Mileage and City Hall Shark Tank -

When we talk about South Main these days and all that is happening in that area, we aren’t talking about Main Street Memphis further south of that, even though it’s the same road.

49. Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction -

4572 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017

50. DMC Wants to Connect Successful South End to South City -

For the past 15 years, the Downtown Memphis Commission has concentrated its development efforts in the South Main area. The fruits of that labor, which turned an abandoned stretch of Main Street into a blossoming haven for retail and restaurants, is spilling over onto South Front Street.

51. Clark Tower Undergoing $1.2M Lobby Renovation -

Clark Tower’s lobby is getting a facelift.

Dan Walker Associates Inc. recently filed a $1.2 million building permit for “existing first floor lobby renovation” at the East Memphis tower.

52. Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.

53. Available Class-A Office Space Scarce in Memphis -

ServiceMaster is looking to relocate its headquarters into a Class A office building, and Memphis just doesn’t have room.

“For the past two years, we’ve been using those phrases,” said Ron Kastner, senior vice president with CBRE.

54. Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization -

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.

55. Events -

Goodwill Austin Peay Job Center will hold a job fair Thursday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. Local companies that are actively seeking workers in a variety of employment options will be on hand. Visit goodwillmemphis.org/jobcenter for details. 

56. Events -

Goodwill Austin Peay Job Center will hold a job fair Thursday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. Local companies that are actively seeking workers in a variety of employment options will be on hand. Visit goodwillmemphis.org/jobcenter for details. 

57. Trump Meets With Sen. Bob Corker in New York -

NEW YORK (AP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with Bob Corker in New York on Monday, intensifying speculation that the U.S. senator from Tennessee may be on Trump's vice presidential shortlist.

58. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 24, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

59. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

60. Events -

Memphis Public Library will hold its mobile vet center, which provides weekly readjustment counseling services to combat veterans, on Monday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Visit memphislibrary.org.

61. The Week Ahead: May 23-29 -

Alright, Memphis, it’s time to get this week started with our roundup of happenings you need to know about. 

The 2016 Memphis In May International Festival closes out Saturday with a pair of new additions to the monthlong lineup.
The Saturday by the river begins with the Great American River Run – a half-marathon and a 5K run with a riverside and Downtown route. There is, of course, a post-race party, which then segues into 901Fest – four stages in Tom Lee Park featuring local music and arts, from Al Kapone and Frayser Boy to the North Mississippi Allstars to Opera Memphis and the New Ballet Ensemble & School.
The idea here, and it may be an evolving concept, seems to be local and diverse and not as much of an emphasis on the stages and what happens there at the expense of those who stay after the run and those who come for the music and the arts.
To dot the I on that point, 901Fest also includes an air show.

62. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

63. Events -

Memphis Blues Society and Overton Square will open its 2016 Bluesday Tuesday concert series with Earl "The Pearl" Banks on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard, 2101 Madison Ave. Cost is free. Visit overtonsquare.com for a series schedule.

64. Last Word: GMF Aftermath, Cop Counts and Budgets and Richardson Towers' Fall -

More on the move by Bank of New York to have a receiver appointed for the Warren and Tulane Apartments currently owned by Global Ministries Foundation.

GMF CEO Rev. Richard Hamlet responded Wednesday to the filing in Memphis federal court saying he agrees that a receiver for the property is a good idea. But he doesn’t agree – and in fact, strongly disagrees with the claims and reasoning behind the bank’s call for the receiver.

65. More Student Housing For University District -

3557 Mynders Ave. 
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017
Owner: 908 Group
Tenant: The Nine
Architect: BDG Architects
Details: A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

66. Student Housing Tower Near U of M Moves Forward -

A student housing tower near the University of Memphis has taken a step forward nearly two years after a development on that site was first announced.

Montgomery Martin Contractors recently applied for a $15.5 million building permit for 3557 Mynders Ave. at the southwest corner of Brister Street.

67. Brooks Renovation Shines on Overton's Busy Weekend -

The temporary metal barriers on the Overton Park Greensward are where those parking on the Greensward to attend the Memphis Zoo meet those protesting the parking on the Greensward.

But Saturday, May 7, the literal line in the park’s running two-year controversy was one of the quietest places in a park that was bursting at the seams with activity just about everywhere else except the Old Forest.

68. Events -

Our Fallen Heroes Foundation will hold its inaugural “A Toast to Our Heroes” fundraiser Wednesday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tower Center atop Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd floor. The event will feature a wine tasting, silent auction, wine pull and more. Tickets are $65. Visit ourfallenheroesfoundation.org.

69. Events -

SRVS will host a free dance and movement class for the general public, including people with disabilities, on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the J.K. Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway. Participants must be 18 or older. Email astrid.french@srvs.org to register.

70. Archimania Leads 2016 Architecture Awards -

Memphis architecture firm archimania was the biggest winner Saturday night at the 2016 AIA Memphis Design Awards, an annual bash that honors the city’s top architecture firms.

Also singled out for honors by the four members of the design awards jury - which this year was comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning architects from Raleigh, N.C. - were the firms designshop, Haizlip Studio and Self+Tucker Architects as part of a joint venture with archimania. There were 11 winners in all, and the honors were presented during the event at Clark Tower’s Tower Center by the awards’ jury chair Erin Sterling Lewis of Raleigh’s in situ studio.

71. Events -

SRVS will host a free dance and movement class for the general public, including people with disabilities, on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the J.K. Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway. Participants must be 18 or older. Email astrid.french@srvs.org to register.

72. Events -

Howard Hall Amp’d Up, a front porch party at Memphis Heritage, will be held Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2282 Madison Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music by Jeffrey and the Pacemakers, plus free hot dogs, chips, soda and beer. Cost is free; donations accepted. Visit memphisheritage.org.

73. Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice -

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

74. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

75. Last Word: Off and Running, Lawson Sticks and Downtown Office Space -

Now that you’ve had time to behold the large field of contenders in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District – all 13 – they are on the road campaigning on the way to the Aug. 4 election day.
And it’s quite a road with a lot of different scenery.
Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is one of the seven contenders in the race from Shelby County. He hit the road Monday for three days of stops in each one of the 15 counties in the district.

76. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

77. Raymond James Tower Rappel to Benefit Orphanos -

An upcoming fundraiser is giving thrill-seekers the chance to rappel down the 289-foot Raymond James Tower while supporting orphans and children around the world.

Memphis nonprofit Orphanos and Madison Realty, which owns the 21-story Downtown tower, have partnered for Over the Edge Memphis, scheduled for April 22-23.

78. Last Word: Greensward Truce, Connor Schilling Retires and MEMFix Goes East -

You’ve heard of the mediation process surrounding the long-term use of the Overton Park Greensward by the Memphis Zoo for its overflow parking.
It appears there is now a less formal mediation process underway when it comes to the use of the greensward during the park’s spring peak season which is now underway.

79. MEMFix East Targets Concrete Jungle Around i-Bank, Clark Towers -

East Memphis’ most prominent office towers, Clark Tower and the iBank Tower, are anchors in a strategy to make the Poplar Avenue-facing corner more walkable and memorable.

Late last year, In-Rel Properties purchased the iBank Tower, bringing both towers under the same ownership for the first time. The Florida-based real estate group plans to unite the 16-acre office campus with increased connections to the surrounding East Memphis restaurants and retail.

80. Vancouver Features Tastes For All Senses -

Every place has a food.

Canada has poutine. Sure, the country probably has a few other things, too. But Canada has poutine.

And never mind that the gooey mess of fries, gravy and cheese curds actually has origins in Quebec, on the far eastern end of Canada. A few hours into our family’s first visit to Canada in Vancouver – yes, on the far western edge of the country – the first meal had to include poutine.

81. Raymond James Tower Rappel Will Benefit Orphanos -

An upcoming fundraiser is giving thrill-seekers the chance to rappel down the 289-foot Raymond James Tower while supporting orphans and children around the world.

Memphis nonprofit Orphanos and Madison Realty, which owns the 21-story Downtown tower, have partnered for Over the Edge Memphis, scheduled for April 22-23. The event encompasses four fundraising rappel challenges open to adults 18 and older who weigh 110 to 300 pounds.

82. The Week Ahead: March 28-April 3 -

Alright, Memphis, are you sure you found all your Easter eggs? Before you make one more sweep of the yard, check out this week’s roundup of local happenings – from the sweet sounds of “Zelda” to what’s being dubbed a “Mini-MEMFix” in East Memphis…

83. Stephenson Leverages Capital for Community Change -

Why start a bank? It’s a question that would never occur to most people. But to Susan Stephenson, the answer is obvious: “It’s infinite variety. You get to participate in other people’s dreams. In the morning, I can be a first-time homeowner. In the afternoon, I’m a small business looking to open a new location.”

84. Cordova Apartments Sell for $31.1 Million -

555 Wood Arbor Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $31.1 million

Sale Date: March 2, 2016
Buyer: CEAI Grove LLC
Seller: Trinity 464 LLC
Loan Amount: $4.2 million
Borrower: CEAI Grove LLC
Lender: CBRE Multifamily Capital Inc.
Details: The Grove at Trinity Point apartments have sold for $31.1 million.

85. Last Word: Mudslide, The Deannexation Storm and Kilzer at Calvary -

Lots of news on a very rainy day including the flooding from the constant rain that closed some schools and cancelled a lot of other events. And then there was a mudslide on Riverside Drive from the bluff overlooking Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River. The rain has also pushed the Wolf River to the point that it is now over some parts of the greenway in Germantown.

86. Blair Tower Getting Complete Renovation -

Development momentum in the Memphis Medical Center has attracted an out-of-town investor looking to jump on the area’s revival.

Blair Tower LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Hyde Capital, recently purchased the Blair Tower apartments for $9.7 million.

87. Local Robotics Teams Compete in Little Rock -

Four local robotics teams – Collierville High School’s Dragons, Memphis Business Academy’s MBA Execs, Mitchell High’s Tigerbots and White Station High’s SpartaBot – are in Little Rock, defending their towers against robot invaders.

88. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

89. Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015 -

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

That’s according to the latest data from Integra Realty Resources, a national appraisal and advisory firm. At its annual Viewpoint local market presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, local Integra leaders spoke on the industrial sector’s banner year, multifamily’s expansion cycle, what’s next for an office market without any remaining Class A space, and growth in the retail sector.

90. After Rebuilding Rhodes Baseball, Jeff Cleanthes Becomes AD -

Sometimes regrets and nagging “what if?” questions wait for a man at the end of his life, pushed out of view amid the everyday race to do the next thing, to just keep moving forward.

Until, finally, a man can ignore them no more.

91. Last Word: Timing and Numbers, Old Dominick Takes Shape and Zip Lines To Spring -

Political opportunity is defined by timing.
Witness a look at the early voting turnout numbers in advance of Tuesday’s election day.

More than half of the more than 43,000 Shelby County voters who cast early ballots voted Monday and Tuesday – the last two days of an early voting period that began Feb. 10 – way back there when Martin O’Malley was the third Democratic presidential contender and Jeb Bush was considered a force to be reckoned with in the Republican primaries.

92. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

93. Parkside at Shelby Farms Proposal Goes to LUCB -

A plan to build three mixed-use apartment towers and garden apartments on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park goes to the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Feb. 11.

94. Events -

Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and signing with Ed Tarkington, author of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

95. Medical Center Apartments Sell for $9.7 Million -

810 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $9.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 29, 2016

96. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill positions for all shifts at various accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants must bring two forms of ID and be able to pass drug screening and background checks. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385, ext. 400.

97. Medical District Apartments Sell For $9.7 Million -

An apartment complex in the Memphis Medical Center has sold for $9.7 million.

Blair Tower LLC, an affiliate of Hyde Family Investments LLC, purchased the Blair Tower Apartments from Blair MCAP LLC, according to a Jan. 29 warranty deed.

98. Medical District Apartments Sell For $9.7 Million -

An apartment complex in the Memphis Medical Center has sold for $9.7 million.

Blair Tower LLC, an affiliate of Hyde Family Investments LLC, purchased the Blair Tower Apartments from Blair MCAP LLC, according to a Jan. 29 warranty deed.

99. 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.

100. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4 Million -

256 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 6, 2015