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VOL. 126 | NO. 203 | Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Stratum on Highland Sells for $9.2 Million

Stratum on Highland LP has bought The Stratum on Highland, a five-story, 85-unit apartment building at 510 S. Highland St. at the southeast corner of Mynders Avenue, from Special Services Asset Management Co. for $9.2 million.

A few blocks from the University of Memphis, the nearly 180,000-square-foot building is independent from the university but is still marketed as student housing.

Each unit is shared by roommates that split the cost of the apartment through independent leases. Rents run from $549 for one room in a shared four-bedroom unit to $1,059 for a single, one-bedroom unit, according to the apartment property’s website.

The Stratum was built in 2008 and includes underground parking.

The seller, Special Services Asset Management Co., bought the property in February at a foreclosure sale for $7 million. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal was $5.1 million.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Kate Simone

City Files Permit Application to Begin Pyramid Changes

The city of Memphis has filed an application for a $2.5 million building permit to begin new construction work on The Pyramid.

The permit application is for interior modifications, which will include removing the seating bowl for the 20,000-seat arena the structure was originally built to hold.

The Pyramid opened as an arena in November 1991. It closed in 2005 as the FedExForum opened as both a concert venue as well as the home to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team.

The modifications by the city are part of an agreement the city has with Bass Pro Shops to deliver to the outdoors retailer a “warm lit shell.”

Bass Pro Shops will then begin work on the site as a superstore with other attractions including restaurants and a hotel.

The city issued in late September a request for proposals for the demolition work. The deadline for those sealed bids is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

– Bill Dries

City Gov Selects Linx to Overhaul Website

The city of Memphis should have a new website in five months, and the team developing the website will be led by Linx Consulting of Memphis.

The city picked Linx from a competitive bid process for the project, budgeted at $250,000 in the city’s capital improvements budget for the current fiscal year.

“Citizens want intuitive design, accessible information and a way to make their voices heard,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said. “I want this to be a convenient and continually evolving online resource where people can communicate more easily and productively with their local government.”

Linx, a local minority-owned consulting firm, will be working with LaunchMemphis, Smart City Consulting, Simple Focus and MediaCurrent in developing the new website. The website will use Drupal, an open-source content-management system used for the White House website as well as other government and corporate websites.

“We have tried to develop a process that will maximize engagement and input into the website’s development from all sectors of the community,” said Cardell Orrin, the principal of Linx Consulting.

While the team works on the website, they will launch a microsite at BuildItMemphis.org to solicit suggestions from the public and show work on the design and development process.

Linx and the city will also host three public-input sessions starting with an Oct. 27 session at the Whitehaven branch of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, followed by a Nov. 3 meeting at the Raleigh branch and a Nov. 15 hearing at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

– Bill Dries

Christ Community Health Opens Hickory Hill Pharmacy

Christ Community Health Services, a Christian-based nonprofit focused on fulfilling the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of Memphis’ medically underserved population, recently opened the Hickory Hill Health Center Pharmacy at 5366 Winchester Road to keep up with demand at its other two pharmacies: at the Third Street Health Center and Broad Avenue Health Center.

The Hickory Hill Pharmacy will be staffed by one pharmacist and one pharmacy technician, with plans to hire a cashier and another pharmacy technician within the next year. CCHS’ three pharmacies allow the organization’s physicians to prescribe primary-care medications to its patients, who can fill CCHS-prescribed medications at any of the organization’s three pharmacies and pay either through insurance or self-pay.

“We focus on primary care for our patients, and to be most effective, we like to really be involved in every aspect of their health,” said Jackie Encalade, CCHS pharmacy director. “Providing an affordable pharmacy for our patients is something we’ve done for seven years, and we are thrilled to expand that service to more patients with our Hickory Hill Health Center Pharmacy.”

The Broad Avenue and Third Street pharmacies in 2010 filled 131,959 prescriptions, about a 14 percent increase over 2009. This increase in prescription volume, combined with an available and appropriate space at the Hickory Hill Health Center, led to the decision to create the Hickory Hill Pharmacy, which was constructed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Founded in 1995, CCHS serves patients through nine medical/dental clinics, mobile medical services and four outreach programs.

– Aisling Maki

Civil Rights Documentary to be Screened Thursday

Facing History and Ourselves will host a free public screening of “Wednesdays in Mississippi,” a one-hour documentary that tells the story of a group of black and white women in 1964 who bridged race, class, geography and religion to help end segregation in America, Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

A panel discussion will follow the screening and will include two of the filmmakers and three of the women whose stories are included in the documentary.

The screening is part of Community Conversations, a national series presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation. The event is a feature of Facing History’s multimedia exhibition “Choosing to Participate,” which is on display at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library through Nov. 30.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 452-1776 or visit www.facinghistory.org/communityconversations.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Restaurant to Replace Sole to be Revealed Thursday

A new restaurant concept for the former Sole Restaurant & Raw Bar in the Westin Memphis Beale Street will be revealed at a special media event Thursday, Oct. 20, across from the FedExForum at 221 S. Third St.

The event is called an “Out of the Bleu” affair. The invitation – an email marketing push from The Red Rover Co. – features phrases such as “favored feu” and “something bold, neu.”

A website has also been created, www.whatsneuindining.com, teasing, “Imaginative, sophisticated cuisine from an extraordinary culinary talent. Impeccable service. Unexpected delights.”

The owners of Interim Restaurant & Bar opened Sole in November 2008, replacing the Daily Grill. The concept was American and seafood.

– Sarah Baker

U of M Coach Pastner to Speak on Civility

University of Memphis men’s basketball head coach Josh Pastner will be at the University Center Theatre Thursday, Oct. 20, to discuss the importance of sportsmanship and civility at Tiger basketball games. He will also discuss how fans and students can use the concept of civility in their daily lives.

Pastner’s talk is part of the “Respect Civility at the University of Memphis” campaign, the goal of which is to create a more civil campus. The program looks at ways to promote self-respect as well as respect for others and the community.

A question-and-answer session will follow the event, and attendance is free. For more information, including a complete list of other civility-themed events, visit www.memphis.edu/respect, or call Peter Groenendyk, director for residence life & dining services, at 678-2295.

– John Lintner

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