VOL. 130 | NO. 216 | Thursday, November 5, 2015
Miniature Golf Course To Be Built in Cordova
Vantage Point Holdings LLC has filed an application permit with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board to add an 18-hole miniature golf course to its 15-acre Vantage Point Golf Center in Cordova.
Located at 9580 Macon Road, the new miniature golf course would cover 18,000 square feet and be located on the southeast portion of the site. Plans call for the course to include a waterfall, pond and stream.
Vantage Point Golf Center already has a driving range and practice green. Those are lit for nighttime use, and the miniature golf course also will have lighting.
Harris Miniature Golf Inc. is the designer and will construct the 18-hole course.
– Don Wade
Fogelman Proposal Blocks TraVure Vote
The $90 million TraVure mixed-use development met a delayed vote from the Germantown Planning Commission for a third consecutive time, and developer Ray Gill has strong words for the officials.
“I’ve never in my career seen a public body do what they did last night,” said the Gill Properties principal.
The most recent delay came because of a last-minute application by Fogelman Investment Co. to build a road through its Westminster Townhomes development, 6755 Poplar Ave.
“I’m competing with Highwoods for tenants, and I’m competing with Boyle for tenants,” Gill said. “It hurts me. I’ve got proposals out. Time is money.”
Gill has been working for three years on the 10-acre development, which includes two Hilton hotels, a five-story office building, covered parking, restaurants and retail outlets. The property is between Poplar Avenue and Poplar Pike, just east of Kirby Parkway.
Gill said he made significant changes to comply with Germantown’s Smart Code rules. He also said he’s willing to work with Fogelman on configuring the traffic layout. “I think we’ll prevail, but these delays are unnecessary,” he added.
The Germantown Planning Commission board will revisit the plan Dec. 4.
– Madeline Faber
Workforce Leader Glen Fenter Gains Regional Recognition
Dr. Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, was recently lauded by Southern Business & Development magazine.
The regional publication named Fenter as one of its 2015 Persons of the Year for his contributions to workforce development in the Mid-South.
As leader of GMAC Workforce, Fenter is working to create a pipeline of skilled workers by aligning K-12 and higher education programs with employer needs in the Memphis region.
“The public-private GMACW is one of the most comprehensive workforce development initiatives we’ve ever seen,” said Michael Randle, owner and publisher of SB&D.
– Madeline Faber
$2M Building Permit Filed For Electrolux
The Electrolux Major Appliances North America plant has applied for a $2 million permit for internal renovations.
According to the industrial building permit filed Nov. 2, Electrolux is looking to install concrete and steel support “for a relocated industrial press.”
The affected area is approximately 500 square feet.
Electrolux formally opened at 3231 Paul R. Lowry Road in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in January 2014.
– Madeline Faber
Council Approves One Hotel, Delays Another
Memphis City Council members have approved construction of a 400-room hotel on Lamar Avenue near Memphis International Airport.
Vista Lamar Hospitality LLC will develop the hotel on 1.9 acres of open land at 2876 Lamar Ave. The building will include a conference room.
At its Tuesday, Nov. 3, meeting, the council also approved a motorcycle and ATV dealership at 5715 Mt. Moriah Road.
And the council again delayed a vote on plans for a hotel with retail space on the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and North Front Street, across the street from Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.
– Bill Dries
Barbecue Judging Seminar Set for Next Weekend
For those barbecue consumers who always thought they’d make good judges: Here is your chance.
Memphis in May International Festival will host its annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest judging seminar Saturday, Nov. 14.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown, 160 Union Ave. It represents the only opportunity for “barbecue enthusiasts” to receive training and become a qualified judge for the contest, according to a statement from Memphis in May.
The seminar is limited to the first 100 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $85; visit memphisinmay.org/judge-barbecue for applications.
Registration closes Monday, Nov. 9.
The World Championship is set for May 12-14 in Downtown Memphis’ Tom Lee Park.
– Daily News staff
Paxton Lynch a Semifinalist For Two National Awards
University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch is a semifinalist for the 79th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
Lynch, a 6-foot-7 junior, is ranked sixth nationally with a 70.2 completion percentage and has passed for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns so far this season. He is averaging 338.6 yards per game, which ranks seventh in the country.
Over his career, Lynch has passed for 300 or more yards in 11 different games. He has thrown for 300 or more yards in seven straight games this season.
Last season, both the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award went to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
– Don Wade