VOL. 130 | NO. 102 | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
100 N. Main Listed on National Historic Register
The city’s tallest building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that could allow tax credits and grants for the redevelopment of the building at 100 N. Main St.
Architecture Inc., the Memphis-based architectural and design firm spearheading the building’s proposed architectural renovation, pushed to have the building listed on the register. Judith Johnson, a historical architect and owner of Memphis-based J. Judith & Associates, supported its inclusion.
The Tennessee Historical Commission approved inclusion on the register in March and the National Park Service recently granted approval for Part I Certification, meaning the building is officially listed on the register and able to qualify for Historic Tax Credits.
The next step is Part II Certification, which involves submitting any plans for potential changes to the building, including any changes that could alter the building’s appearance. Part III Certification, the final step in the process, requires the owners to provide documentation to justify alterations after approved updates are completed. Parts II and III are required for the owners to maintain tax credit benefits.
Yitzchok “Isaac” Thomas and One Hundred North Main LLC acquired the building at Main Street and Adams Avenue in August 2013 for $5 million from the Zimmerman Revocable Trust.
Thomas moved tenants out of the 37-story building to make way for an ambitious proposed mixed-use development that will feature hotel rooms, apartment units and commercial space.
Designed by Robert Lee Hall & Associates, the skyscraper – featuring a round, revolving restaurant on the top floor – was completed in 1965.
“Architecture Inc.’s plans for 100 N. Main include a conversion to apartments, a hotel and commercial retail space,” said Architecture Inc. principal David Schuermann in a statement. “We will make these renovations with the experience and expertise that meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s guidelines and with the intent to preserve and protect one of Memphis’ most prominent historic buildings.”
– Amos Maki
Orpheum Board Names New Center After CEO
The board of the Memphis Development Foundation, which operates the Orpheum Theatre, has decided to name the organization’s new capital addition the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.
That’s in honor of president and CEO Pat Halloran, who will have served the Orpheum for 35 years when he retires at the end of 2015. It’s also a reflection of the fact that the new center, a $14.5 million addition to the Orpheum campus, has long been a passion project of Halloran’s.
The center will be dedicated in conjunction with Halloran’s upcoming roast, set for September 24th. When Halloran’s retirement becomes effective December 31st, he will move to the center where he will serve as a consultant.
– Andy Meek
Seven Attorneys Apply for Chancery Court Vacancy
Seven Memphis attorneys have applied for the open Chancery Court Judge’s position in Shelby County.
The attorneys applied to the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, which will recommend three finalists to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for appointment.
The applicants are attorneys Stephen H. Biller, Frank S. Cantrell, William Allan Cohn, David Eugene Ferguson, Kimbrough Brown Mullins, James Robert Newsom III and William Michael Richards.
They are applying for the vacancy created by the death earlier this year of Oscar “Bo” Carr III.
The Governor’s Council will interview the seven applicants June 17 at the Memphis Hilton with a public hearing starting at 9 a.m.
– Bill Dries
Fogelman Management Group Adds 1,800 Units to Portfolio
Memphis-based Fogelman Management Group has won approval for the management of seven new properties across the Southeast totaling more than 1,800 units.
The company announced Monday, March 25, that it was awarded management duties at the properties in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri.
The properties are: the 238-unit Villas of Park Avenue in Savannah, Ga.; the 392-unit Center Point in Raleigh, N.C.; the 324-unit Columns of Wakefield in Raleigh, N.C.; the 202-unit Vanguard Crossing in St Louis; the 239-unit Hawthorne in Jacksonville, Fla.; the 153-unit Moretti in Birmingham, Ala.; and the 300-unit Arlington at East Shore in Mobile, Ala.
Fogelman Management president Mark Fogelman said that with the recent additions the company is now managing more than 20,000 apartments valued at more than $1.7 billion in 26 cities across 14 states.
– Amos Maki
Summer Avenue Nightclub Closed As Nuisance
Just before the start of the Memorial Day weekend, authorities closed a Summer Avenue nightclub as a public nuisance.
The James Lounge Club, 3172 Summer Ave., was closed Thursday, May 21, under terms of a temporary injunction signed by General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.
The injunction is based on a nuisance petition from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office. It includes the results of an undercover investigation by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit.
Undercover officers bought marijuana, Xanax and untaxed liquor billed as “moonshine” at the business during the investigation, according to the petition.
The petition also sites 60 calls police have made at the lounge since January for shootings, drug trafficking, domestic violence and other criminal activity. Since January, 22 people have been arrested at the club.
Lenard Little and James Elmer Little, listed in court documents as the owners of the lounge, were due in Environmental Court Tuesday for their first appearance on the complaint and injunction.
– Bill Dries
Inventor’s Camp Making Summer Stops in Memphis
A summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame is making several local stops.
Camp Invention will be at Crosswind Elementary School, Lakeland Elementary School, Grahamwood Elementary School and Bon Lin Elementary School the week of June 1-5, 2015. It also will be at Woodland Presbyterian School and Saint Louis School the week of June 15.
The weeklong day camp for students entering grades one through six fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills.
Students are encouraged to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to: through real-world problem solving.
Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 87,000 students every year through more than 1,300 camps across the nation. For additional information, or to find the nearest location for registration, visit www.campinvention.org.
– Amos Maki
Astronaut From Tennessee Inducted Into Hall of Fame
An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.
Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.
The public ceremony will be held Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Seddon is a three-time space shuttle astronaut. She was selected by NASA in 1978 as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. She spent a total of 30 days in space.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis said from 1996 to 2007, Seddon was assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Since 2007, she has been co-owner of LifeWings Partners LLC, which is based in Collierville.
– The Associated Press