VOL. 131 | NO. 172 | Monday, August 29, 2016
Luttrell Vows Ambulance Service Solution by Year’s End
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says he should have some kind of final decision on continuing ambulance service by the end of the year in the unincorporated county and Millington, Arlington and Lakeland.
Luttrell and his administration have been meeting with Millington Mayor Terry Jones, Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker and Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman since American Medical Response, the current provider of ambulance service, said it will terminate service at the end of the year if it doesn’t get $2.8 million more in funding to cover its expenses.
“As discussions continue about how to best provide ambulance service, citizens will not be put at risk,” Luttrell said in a written statement, noting AMR’s contract is up at the end of December. “That gives us time to find the most efficient and cost-effective option.”
Shelby County Fire Chief Alvin Benson and County Public Works Director Tom Needham told the Shelby County Commission last week the options are to either negotiate a new contract with AMR, hire a new ambulance service or start an ambulance service with the Shelby County Fire Department.
The current AMR contract approved in 2013 is for $1.7 million and covers ambulance service for 125,000 Shelby County residents, not including residents of Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown.
– Bill Dries
Casual Pint Begins Highland Row Buildout
Work has begun on The Casual Pint, a market and bar planned for Highland Row. Developer Highland Row LLC, a partnership between Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers and Indiana-based Milhaus Development, recently field a building permit for $195,000 worth of tenant buildout at 387 S. Highland St.
The father-and-son team operating the new establishment, Nathan and Jon Robinette, opened their first Casual Pint location in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood in 2011. A year later they opened a second location on Union Avenue in downtown Knoxville.
The Casual Pint will open in the Highland Row development in fall of this year.
– Madeline Faber
Downtown Kooky Canuck Preparing to Move
Kooky Canuck is moving next door. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $689,000 building permit to convert the ground floor of 87 S. Second St. By October, Kooky Canuck will vacate its home of 11 years at 97 S. Second St.
With the move, owners Shawn and Lana Danko will expand draft beer offerings and make some menu changes, including the addition of a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday.
Graham Reese Design Group is handling the design of the new restaurant.
In 2014, Kooky Canuck opened a second location at 1250 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova.
– Madeline Faber
Agriculture-Focused Startup Accelerator Prepares to Launch
Memphis is getting another startup accelerator.
AgLaunch, a joint initiative of Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, has announced the inaugural cohort of a three-month accelerator program. Four startup companies were chosen to receive a $50,000 investment and participate in three months of intense entrepreneurial programming and business development.
The companies that are receiving investment and accelerator support are:
• Cowlar, which has a wearable device for cows to improve herd health and optimize operations developed for dairy, with additional applications in other livestock.
• Secure Food Solutions offers quick and low-cost innovations to detect pathogens in the food supply chain based on patented technology licensed.
• Skycision provides a solution that facilitates early detection of crop stress through the analysis of drone-collected imagery.
• YieldStart is commercializing a bio-based absorbent technology for use in seed coating and fertilizer encapsulation.
AgLaunch Accelerator teams will showcase their technologies this fall in demonstration events across Tennessee, culminating in a Demo Day at Memphis Bioworks Foundation in Memphis on Nov. 17.
– Andy Meek
Uptown Flats Developer Pulls $9.8M Building Permit
Uptown will see a newly built apartment building. Nashville-based Elmington Capital Group recently applied for a building permit for its Uptown Flats project, a 155-unit development at the northwest corner of North Main Street and Saffarans Avenue.
Elmington Capital Group, acting as ECG Uptown Developer, is seeking a $9.8 million building permit for new construction at the 645 N. Main site.
To support the affordable housing project, the developer recently received a $14 million bond from the Shelby County Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board.
Patton & Taylor Enterprises is listed as the contractor.
Elmington Capital Group also is developing Patterson Flats, a 175-unit affordable apartment complex at 250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave. In June, the developer filed a $14.5 million building permit for the site.
– Madeline Faber