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VOL. 113 | NO. 50 | Friday, March 12, 1999

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By LAURIE JOHNSON LUCB approves Orgill Building penthouses By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Proposals for penthouses atop the Orgill Building, office buildings, a retail center, a branch bank and a landscape and nursery firm were among projects given the go-ahead by the Land Use Control Board at its Wednesday meeting. During its morning session, the board unanimously approved site plans for The Saddlery Lofts, a penthouse addition to be built on the roof of the Orgill Brothers Building. According to a Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development staff report, the project includes construction of 11 new loft apartments and a recreational facility on top of a four-story section of the building, which is located Downtown at the corner of Tennessee Street and Calhoun Avenue. "This application encompasses one of the more ambitious redevelopment projects for Downtown Memphis that will bring new dwelling units adjacent to the South Bluffs Planned Development and the Tennessee Brewery," the report stated. Henry Turley Co. is the developer of the project, which has been endorsed by the Center City Commissions Design Review Board, the State Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Officer, the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Memphis Landmarks Commission staff. The Orgill Brothers Building consists of a six-story timber warehouse, built in 1909; a four-story concrete frame warehouse built in 1917 and then added to in 1947; a one-story steel and masonry warehouse built in 1947 and a one-story timber infill building also built sometime around 1947. According to the proposed site plan, designed by Memphis architecture firm Hnedak Bobo Group, the new addition will be built on the roof of the four-story section, and include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Many of them will feature elevated, loft-style bedrooms. According to the OPD, the proposed addition has been designed to match the scale, materials, color and texture of the section of the building on which its being built. The penthouse will be set back about 20 feet from the face of the buildings existing parapet, and will not be visible from Tennessee, Calhoun or E.G. Patterson Avenue. While renovations also are planned for the rest of the building, plans for the penthouse are the only part of the project requiring LUCB approval. The citys South Main Special District Ordinance only requires site plan approval for new construction; interior renovations are exempt. "(The penthouse addition) will certainly be a positive catalyst for the Downtown area and is what the South Main Special District Ordinance envisioned as quality adaptive reuse of existing structures in the South Main Street area," the OPD staff report stated. During its morning session, the board considered 26 subdivision, street and alley closure, street dedication and correspondence applications, approving 24 requests and rejecting one. The board also voted to continue one application until another session. Other applications approved by the LUCB Wednesday include site plans submitted by: JM&S Investments LLC, for construction of Phase 4 of Countrywood Crossing Planned Development, consisting of a 145,946-square-foot retail center planned for the southwest corner of Germantown Parkway and Interstate 40; Nations Bank, for a 3,112-square-foot branch bank at the northeast corner of Chickering Lane and Germantown Parkway in the Commons at Dexter Lake P.D.; TVAC LLC, for a two-story, 11,700-square-foot office building at the northeast corner of Macon Road and Dexter Lane in the Villages of Cordova P.D.; Hastings & Clayton General Dentistry, for a 6,000-square-foot office building on Appling Road in the Appling Office Center P.D.; Don Mills Jr., for a nursery and landscaping firm at Chickering Cove and Germantown Parkway in the Commons and Dexter Lake P.D.; and PPM IV Partnership LP, for Wolf Creek subdivision, consisting of 205 lots on 322.3 acres on the south side of Millington-Arlington Road and Gotley Road. The LUCB rejected an application by a Whitehaven beauty shop owner for rezoning .48-acre at the southwest corner of Marlin and East Raines roads from single-family residential to local commercial, and continued an application submitted by Bobby & Rhonda Westbrooks for rezoning 2.53 acres on Ketchum Road from single family residential to multiple-family residential to accommodate a proposed group home and townhouse development.
PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560