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VOL. 126 | NO. 226 | Friday, November 18, 2011

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Bldg. Permit Application Filed for Virginia Avenue Apts.

A building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for apartments at 25 E. Virginia Ave.

The property owner and tenant listed on the application is TOV Virginia Partners LP. The contractor is Patton Taylor Enterprises LLC. Patton Taylor is a Germantown-based general contractor that specializes in commercial and multifamily construction.

It is 2.9 acres of land bounded by East Virginia Avenue to the north, Florida Street to the west, Crump Boulevard to the south and a rail line to the east. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal of the lot, which is in Fort Pickering subdivision, is $254,800.

The development is listed under the name Ziraili Heights Apartments on a 2011 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit application with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. LIHTCs are 10-year credits against federal income tax liability for owners and investors in low-income rental housing. Ziraili Heights was among the developments THDA announced in August it planned to issue LIHTC reservation notices.

TOV Virginia Partners filed articles of incorporation with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office in February. It lists a Roswell, Ga., address.

The most recent recorded sale of 25 E. Virginia Ave. was in September 2005, when 25 East Virginia Ave GP bought the property for $370,000. That partnership is comprised of Tyrone Burroughs and Alvin Ray, according to the sale deed.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Project Green Fork Expands Into Miss.

Project Green Fork has expanded its sustainable outreach into Mississippi to include two restaurants in the Hernando area: Lady Bugg Bakery and Buon Cibo.

Established in 2008, Memphis-grown Project Green Fork is a nonprofit organization that contributes to a sustainable Mid-South by helping reduce environmental impacts, with a focus on strengthening homegrown restaurants.

“Bringing the Project Green Fork mission of reducing environmental impacts into Mississippi was the perfect fit,” Project Green Fork founder and executive director Margot McNeeley said.

With the addition of Lady Bugg Bakery and Buon Cibo, Project Green Fork currently has 37 PGF-certified restaurants and six in the certification process. McNeeley said the organization will examine the progress and feedback with the Mississippi additions prior to growing the organization’s outreach further.

To date, PGF-certified restaurants have recycled about 600,000 gallons of plastic, glass and aluminum; nearly 300 tons of cardboard and paper; and 79,000 gallons of food waste.

Lady Bugg Bakery is owned by Valerie Hawkes and Heather Ries. The chefs/owners of Buon Cibo are Josh and Katie Belenchia.

– Sarah Baker

Baker Donelson Expands with Fla. Firm Merger

The Memphis-based law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has merged with the Orlando, Fla., law firm of Litchford & Christopher Professional Association.

Baker Donelson gains six attorneys through the merger.

The combined firm will keep the name of Baker Donelson, which has more than 620 attorneys and advisers across 18 offices in seven states and Washington.

It marks Baker Donelson’s second major expansion in less than a month and gives the firm its first Florida location.

It’s also the second new market Baker Donelson has added to its footprint in the last month, following the firm’s move into Texas in October.

– Andy Meek

StiQRd Loyalty App Launches for Android

StiQRd, a customer loyalty mobile application developed by the Memphis startup stiQRd Inc., has been released for the Android platform.

Launched for Android Nov. 15, the app uses an interactive map that allows consumers to locate businesses participating in loyalty programs.

The stiQRd app is free to consumers, and once downloaded, users can scan a quick response (QR) code at participating businesses to qualify for rewards.

Mind Over Data, a Memphis-based custom software development company, assisted in the development

The application is designed to help businesses increase loyalty by rewarding their most faithful customers. Using authenticated check-ins, it tracks demographics, providing companies with the latest feedback on buyer trends.

Companies participating in loyalty programs can then create client-focused rewards.

The app is now available via the Android Marketplace. For more information on stiQRd, visit www.stiqrd.com.

– John Lintner

Permit Application Filed for Methodist North Upgrades

Methodist Healthcare has filed a building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the renovation of a unit inside the health care system’s Methodist North Hospital at 3960 Covington Pike. The permit lists a value of more than $1.1 million.

The fifth floor medical unit mainly serves Medicare patients 65 and older from the Raleigh-Bartlett area, Frayser, Millington and Tipton County.

The proposed renovation is part of the 35-year-old hospital’s multi-year plan to upgrade the facility’s interior, starting with its patient rooms.

“The scope of that work, really, is to make it a warmer, more homelike environment in the patient rooms,” said Methodist North Chief Financial Officer Kevin Todd.

The 246-bed hospital offers comprehensive care, including robotic surgery, emergency services, cardiac services, a wound healing center and an orthopedic center.

– Aisling Maki

Memphis Metro CCIM Announces Designees

Memphis Metro Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) leaders recently pinned five new chapter designees after the participants passed a comprehensive exam.

The latest additions to CCIM are J. Max Hamidi with RE/MAX Elite, Cathy Anderson with Crye-Leike Commercial, James Rasberry with Rasberry CRE, Ed Thomas with Colliers International and Van Watkins with InSouth Bank.

– Sarah Baker

Annual Toy Truck Drive Seeks Donations

The 10th annual WRVR Toy Truck Drive to benefit children served by Porter-Leath will be held Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave.

Porter-Leath is encouraging Memphians to consider buying a new toy or bicycle and delivering it to the Toy Truck Drive.

The event will be hosted by WRVR 104.5 The River morning show hosts Mike Montana and Mandy Morgan, who will broadcast the “Mike & Mandy Show” live on location and collect toys and donations all week.

This year, Santa will be at Bud Davis Cadillac for pictures each day from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, all BancorpSouth locations in the Memphis area and DeSoto County will serve as drop-off sites for Toy Truck donations.

Porter-Leath will accept monetary donations at Bud Davis Cadillac and all BancorpSouth locations. Checks should be made payable to Porter-Leath, or supporters can text “child” to 88500 to donate.

For more information, call 577-2500, ext. 1167, or visit www.porterleath.org.

– Taylor Shoptaw

ArtsMemphis Distributes Arts Access Brochures

ArtsMemphis is distributing 2011-2012 Arts Access brochures to more than 100 locations across the community.

The Arts Access program is sponsored by Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and allows eligible individuals to visit dozens of venues and experience art exhibitions and performances at no cost. The program is open to EBT cardholders, Church Health Center patients, TennCare patients and Tickets for Troops member families.

The Arts Access card enables a cardholder to reserve as many as four tickets for 150 different arts events, which are listed in the brochure.

For more information, visit www.artsmemphis.org/artsaccess.

– John Lintner

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