VOL. 111 | NO. 31 | Friday, February 14, 1997
By CAMILLE H
Local food workers union builds office
Feb. 14, 1997 -- Construction started Wednesday
on a new office building for the United Food and Commercial Workers
Union Local No. 1529 at 8205 Macon Road.
The union office will move from its current
location at 275 S. Walnut Bend in Cordova, where the union has
been renting space.
The new two-story building will have 10,370
square feet of office space and will have a brick exterior. It
is being built on two lots in the Cordova Station Planned Development.
Target Construction Co. Inc. is the general
contractor on the project. Greg Bainer is the architect.
A building permit filed in the Shelby County
Construction Code Enforcement Office listed the value of the project
Rudy Suzich, construction consultant, said
the union will be moving into a larger space.
He said the union chose the site because
of its convenience. "Also, they were in the Cordova area,
and they wanted to stay in that area," he said.
Jenna Cummings, project manager with Target,
said the target date for completion is September.
"But we have had a lot of design review
delays," she said.
The new union office building will be located
near the new Harding Academy facility and the Cordova Post Office,
When completed, the building will be one
of very few office buildings in the area.
But, this new office building should not
start a trend for more office construction in the area, according
to W. Cary Whitehead III, vice president at Boyle Investment Co.
"The tone for that area has been set
with all the retail and apartment construction on Germantown Parkway,"
Whitehead said. "You have to go all the way up to I-40 and
Whitten Road, which is Century Center and Goodlett Farms, before
I think you get into any land that's suitable for office construction.
That's not to say there may not be an office here or there. But
in terms of a trend, Germantown Parkway has been pretty much designated
as a retail/apartment corridor."
Whitehead said, however, Nonconnah Parkway
has been designated as an office and retail corridor, based on
what has already happened.
By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE
The Daily News