VOL. 10 | NO. 16 | Saturday, April 15, 2017
Grizzlies’ First Round Home Playoffs Schedule Set
The Memphis Grizzlies’ schedule for the 2017 Western Conference First Round Playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs is set, with the Grizzlies beginning on the road in San Antonio at the AT&T Center for Games 1 and 2. The series starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15.
The Spurs will meet the Grizzlies at FedExForum for Game 3 on Thursday, April 20, at 8:30 p.m. and Game 4 on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
After finishing the regular season with a mark of 43-39 (.524) in David Fizdale’s first year as head coach, the Grizzlies clinched their franchise-record seventh straight postseason appearance, the third-longest active streak in the NBA behind San Antonio (20 straight) and Atlanta (10 straight).
All seats at FedExForum are currently available for purchase for Game 3 and Game 4. Fans can get their tickets now at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-4-NBA-TIX, visiting the FedExForum Box Office or online at grizzlies.com or ticketmaster.com.
If necessary, Game 6 with the Spurs would be played in Memphis on Thursday, April 27, at a time yet to be determined.
– Don Wade
Memphis Law Week Events Announced
The Memphis Bar Association is once again hosting Law Week, an annual celebration of the legal community in Memphis.
Several events associated with the celebration are ongoing or planned this year.
The Juvenile Court Book Drive started April 10 and runs through May 5. The MBA’s Access to Justice and Law Week committees are collecting donations of hardback, paperback and coloring books (new or gently used) for Juvenile Court. Books should be appropriate for toddlers through age 8, although books for older children will also be accepted. In lieu of books, donations will be accepted to purchase books.
Checks can be made payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation, in care of Anne Fritz, 145 Court Ave., suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103.
Books can be donated at the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave. (Division 9 of Circuit Court); the Memphis Bar Association, 145 Court Ave., suite 301; at the offices of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, 488 S. Mendenhall Road; or at any Memphis Bar Association event.
Other events planned for Law Week include:
• Legal Lines – The MBA Young Lawyers’ Division and WREG Channel 3 are collaborating to provide Legal Lines, a live legal help call-in program from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.
• Law Week Party & Trivia Night – This event will be held Thursday, April 27, at Railgarten from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Members of the legal community are welcome to join this celebration of the legal profession and have fellowship. Trivia Night information can be found at memphisbar.org.
• Memorial Service – On May 2, the annual memorial service at Calvary Episcopal will start at noon. The service honors attorneys and judges the profession has lost in the last year.
Look for a special section on the legal community in the April 21 edition of The Memphis News.
– Daily News staff
Memphis’ Lindsay Crowdus Player of the Year Finalist
University of Memphis senior outfielder Lindsay Crowdus has been named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country. The award is in 16th year.
Crowdus not only ranks second in the NCAA in batting average (.485) and third in hits this season, she has become the all-time record holder in many categories at Memphis.
Her 65 hits to date is the most all-time in a season by any hitter at Memphis.
Crowdus is the only American Athletic Conference representative on the USA Softball Player of the Year finalist list. Prior to the start of postseason play, the list will be narrowed to 10 finalists on May 10. The top three finalists will be announced May 24, while the winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be revealed on May 30 prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
– Don Wade
Freewheel Goes Full Circle For Its Second Season
Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow-ride bicycle program, is returning for a second season beginning April 19.
The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the medical district’s new and existing hidden treasures.
“The biking movement is growing in Memphis, and Freewheel’s ability to capture the energy of Memphians is a perfect example of progress,” Nicholas Oyler, bikeway and pedestrian program manager of the city of Memphis, said.
During the inaugural fall 2016 season, more than 20 ZIP codes and 250 riders cumulatively covered 1,435 miles through seven neighborhoods.
Participants can bring their own bikes, or they can sign up to borrow one from the medical district’s fleet, which was originally restored last fall by Anthony Siracusa’s team of trained bike mechanics at Carpenter Street Bike Shop.
Each slow ride will depart at 6 p.m. from Kudzu’s parking lot at 603 Monroe Ave., the new Freewheel headquarters. Rides explore a particular neighborhood in approximately 45 minutes. Participants are invited to High Cotton Brewing Co. for discounted beers afterwards.
“We are proud of the progress of this Marshall/Monroe block and the greater medical district since Freewheel was incepted last fall,” Abby Miller, program director of the MMDC, said. “It is our charge to make the Medical District a more livable, vibrant community of neighborhoods, and Freewheel’s growing presence illustrates that evolution.”
– Patrick Lantrip
Fund Set Up to Assist Victimized Football Players
A special assistance fund has been established by the University of Memphis at Bank of Bartlett to help three Memphis football players recovering from a home robbery that occurred in November while the team was playing at Cincinnati.
Former Tigers Deandre Jordan and Arthur Maulet and returning player Anthony Young lost a list of items ranging from computers to clothes.
Fans who wish to support the Tigers can make any donations at any of the eight Bank of Bartlett locations (visit bankofbartlett.com for a list) or can send checks to the U of M football office. If making a deposit, it should be directed to the Memphis Football Account.
Boosters and fans are prohibited by NCAA regulations from donating anything directly to the student-athletes.
– Don Wade
Summer Pop-Up Park Planned for Riverfront
Following the popularity of this winter’s Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, organizers announced they will launch a new temporary public gathering and recreation space at Mississippi River Park this summer.
Dubbed RiverPlay, the pop-up park will run from early May through August, with installation set to begin April 22 when portions of Riverside Drive close for Memphis in May events at Tom Lee Park.
The temporary park will span both Mississippi River Park and the adjacent parts of Riverside Drive that will be closed to vehicular traffic. Some of the highlights will include playing fields, basketball courts, a skating rink, and spaces for mobile food vendors.
The project’s costs are funded by private contributions to the Fourth Bluff program, and its partners include the Memphis Grizzlies, the city of Memphis, Riverfront Development Corp. and the Downtown Memphis Commission.
The Fourth Bluff refers to a four-block area of the riverfront that includes the Cossitt Library, the University of Memphis law school promenade, Memphis Park, Mississippi River Park, and portions of the Riverwalk that connect them.
– Patrick Lantrip
On-Street Parking Rates Increasing Downtown
The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, April 11, to new rates for on-street metered parking. The rate goes up to $1.50 per hour from the current $1.25, and those parking at the meters in the entertainment district have the option of buying up to four hours at the $1.50 hourly rate.
The approved plan drops the original idea of a $10 flat fee for on-street parking within a half-mile of FedExForum and The Orpheum Theatre during special events. Council chairman Berlin Boyd amended his proposal Tuesday to instead extend the hours of paid on-street parking.
Currently, parking at Downtown meters is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weeknights; under the new plan, drivers will be charged to park on Saturdays and until 10 p.m. on weeknights.
The changes will mean an additional $141,000 in estimated revenue to the city in a year.
“That’s all we are trying to do is find a way to bump up and find small savings and find small increases that’s really not impactful to citizens,” Boyd said.
Boyd originally proposed a $10 flat fee during special events and cited other cities that have similar fees to match what nearby parking lots charge for special events. Some council members expressed reservations about the increases overall.
But Boyd said he didn’t get any pushback specifically on the flat fee, which was going to apply only to on-street parking spaces that use a single kiosk for a row of parking spaces.
“It’s really easy to type in a computer and change the kiosk but it’s very difficult to change those single-headed meters,” he said. “So that was a big issue. We have more single-headed meters than we do kiosks. So with all fairness I wanted to provide an equal opportunity for everyone.”
– Bill Dries
3 Crosstown Tenants Pull $11M in Building Permits
Three high-profile tenants have filed paperwork with the county to begin construction on their new locations inside Crosstown Concourse.
ALSAC, Crosstown Arts and Farm Burger filed building permit applications totaling $11 million with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.
ALSAC, the fundraising arm of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is seeking the largest permit, valued at $5.8 million, followed by the nonprofit organization Crosstown Arts at a little less than $5 million, and the farm-to-fork restaurant, Farm Burger at $293,032.
All three applications are for interior buildout and list Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. as the contractor. LRK Inc. is listed as the architect for Crosstown Arts, while Nelson is listed as ALSAC’s; Farm Burger’s application doesn’t list an architect.
Crosstown Concourse’s grand opening was pushed back from May 13 to Aug. 19 to allow tenants to finish building out their spaces and ramp up operations. However, a number of tenants and residents are already breathing life into the vertical village.
Most notably, Church Health, the YMCA and the restaurant Mama Gaia have all opened for business in the past few weeks.
– Patrick Lantrip
Memphis City Council OKs Sale of Sheraton Hotel
The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 11, approved Host Hotels & Resorts LP’s $67 million sale of the Sheraton Memphis Downtown convention center hotel to LMS Real Estate Investment Management LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Schulte Hospitality Group and Starwood Capital Group.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved another part of the transfer in ownership involving the tax abatement the current owners have with the CCRFC.
LMS has said it expects to close on the deal next week.
Leaders of the joint venture told council members the hotel, which is connected to the Memphis Cook Convention Center, will remain a Sheraton despite earlier talks about returning to a Marriott flag.
The council also got its first look Tuesday at four options the city’s Public Works Division is considering for solid waste garbage pickup.
The options, outlined by Public Works Division director Robert Knecht, at the council’s executive session are:
• Keeping the city’s $22.80 monthly garbage fee and requiring that everything for pickup be placed in a cart. The city would charge an additional $5 a month for each additional cart beyond the first one. Items on the curb outside containers would not be picked up, and Memphians would have to take those items to drop-off locations.
• A garbage fee of $25.05 a month that includes a once-a-quarter pickup of curb items outside containers.
• A fee of $28.05 a month for monthly curbside pickup of everything up to eight cubic yards.
• A fee of $32.80 a month for weekly pickup of everything up to eight cubic yards.
Knecht said the options are a further step toward Memphians paying garbage fees that reflect the amount of trash and garbage they put on the curb. And the fees are meant to reflect the cost to the city of providing the service.
Without a change in the fees, Knecht said the solid waste division will have depleted its reserve funds by 2020 from making up the difference in what the service costs and what Memphians pay.
– Bill Dries
Fowler New Chairman Of Rhodes Board of Trustees
Scientist Cary Fowler is the new chairman of Rhodes College’s board of trustees, the liberal arts college announced Tuesday, April 11. He will succeed William J. Michaelcheck, who is completing his eight-year tenure as chairman.
Fowler, a Rhodes alumnus and visiting scholar at Stanford University, is a past executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust of Rome. He also led the team that produced the United Nations’ first assessment of the world’s plant genetic resources for agriculture.
In addition, Fowler chaired the search committee that recommended Marjorie Hass last year as the current president of Rhodes.
“Through the liberal arts, Rhodes and the faculty there opened my eyes to the world and changed the course of my life and work,” Fowler said in a prepared statement. “I am so happy to be able to serve the college.”
– Bill Dries
Big River Crossing Wins Architecture Award
The Big River Crossing on the Harahan Bridge has been honored with an American Architecture Award, the nation’s highest public award for new architecture.
Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the juried award singled out the bridge’s night lighting by Philips Lighting Inc. for its basic task of ensuring visibility on the walkway while also decorating the bridge in different ways to coincide with local and national events, holidays and civic causes.
The jury praised the “dynamic algorithm that makes light move naturally along the bridge as a translation of the behaviors of the Mississippi River.”
The Philips lighting team that worked on the bridge will be honored at an April 27 gala hosted by the Orlando Museum of Art.
The lighting was funded by a group of private, anonymous donors.
The crossing was one of 79 award recipients chosen from a list of 300 structures ranging from skyscrapers and corporate headquarters to airports, parks and landscape architecture.
The candidates were judged on the merits of their design and how they operate within “problems of the environment, social context, technical and constructive solutions, the responsible use of energies, restoration and adaptive- reuse, and the sensitive use of materials and ecology.”
“The winning projects are each stunning and provocative new additions to their urban and rural locations – authentic connections to nature and to the very cultures in which they coexist,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, president of the Chicago Athenaeum. “The selected projects have a positive psychological effect on the communities in which they are built and in which they serve – every detail looks handcrafted; every facade contextualized; every plan, diagram and section particularly and exquisitely well-executed.”
– Bill Dries
Butler Snow's Commercial Litigation Group Grows
The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.
Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.
Former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton joined Butler Snow's commercial litigation group in March as part of a white-collar compliance and government investigations team.
Lipman will be of counsel at Butler Snow and continue to focus his practice on all aspects of construction law. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and earned his law degree at the U of M's Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Crawford’s practice in commercial litigation includes financial institution and general business disputes. Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.
Less has concentrated his practice in construction law representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, insurance companies, design professionals and financial institutions. He is a fellow in the American College of Construction Counsel and is a founder of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, serving as president of the group in 2006.
Less has an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Butler Snow employs more than 330 attorneys across its 22 U.S. offices as well as locations in London and Singapore.
– Bill Dries
Daily News Wins 9 Awards In Tennessee AP Contest
The Daily News garnered nine awards in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press News Excellence Awards presented by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors. The awards were announced Saturday, April 8, in Nashville.
Photographer Andrew Breig and reporters Bill Dries, Andy Meek and Don Wade combined for five first-place awards, two second-place awards and two third-place awards. The paper also swept the Business News category in its division for the second consecutive year.
The Daily News’ awards include:
• First Place, Andy Meek: “Defining Transparency,” The Memphis News’ Aug. 19 cover story about transparency and communication between government entities and media organizations.
• Second Place, Bill Dries: A portfolio that included the July 29 cover story “Blue-Collar High School” and Aug. 26 cover story “Bursting the Bubble”
• Third Place, Don Wade: “Under Pressure,” the Jan. 1 cover story about criticism and change at the Urban Child Institute.
• First Place, Andy Meek: “The Grind,” the Jan. 15 cover story about a budding music ecosystem that’s helping Memphis musicians make it.
• Third Place, Bill Dries: “Massacre,” the May 6 cover story on the 1866 Memphis Massacre and the larger controversy about how local history is told.
• First Place, Don Wade: A portfolio of sports news and commentary.
Daily Deadline Reporting
• First Place, Bill Dries: “Black Lives Matter Protest Draws Thousands,” coverage of the July 10 Memphis bridge protest.
Photography: Individual Achievement/Body of Work
• First Place, Andrew Breig: A portfolio that included a range of portraits, architecture and other photos.
• Second Place, The Daily News editorial board: A portfolio of editorials that ran in The Memphis News.
– Daily News staff
Judge Approves Sale Of Warren, Tulane Apartments
Millennia Housing Development Limited’s $3 million bid to buy the Warren and Tulane apartments from a federal court receiver has been approved by District Judge Jon P. McCalla.
But McCalla is still working through a claim by Class A Security LLC, which was under contract with Foresite Realty Management LLC, the court appointed receiver, to provide security at the two complexes. Class A is seeking $158,784 in expenses and fees.
McCalla ordered a receiver be appointed after Global Ministries Foundation, which owned the Warren and Tulane apartments, was sued by Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. The lawsuit centered on the Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board bonds that GMF used to finance its purchase of the complexes.
The bank acted after federal officials ended rent subsidies for tenants at both complexes after each one failed a second federal inspection.
Both complexes have since been closed and all the tenants moved out.
The agreement is contingent on federal rent subsidies being restored for the Tulane Apartments.
McCalla gave other potential bidders until the end of March to make a counteroffer to Millennia’s offer, but no other bids were made.
– Bill Dries
Chase Carlisle Leaving Role at Carlisle Corp.
Chase Carlisle is leaving his role as director of real estate and development for Carlisle Corp., the Memphis-based firm behind the Hotel Chisca redevelopment and proposed One Beale project.
Carlisle has been named the vice president of brokerage services for Avison Young’s Memphis office and will be tasked with growing the local presence of the Toronto, Canada-based firm.
“We are pleased that our company culture attracted Chase to our firm, and know that he will greatly benefit our current and prospective clients,” said Shane Soefker, principal of Avison Young’s Memphis office. “His extensive and diverse real estate background is a welcome addition to our firm and will enhance our full-service capabilities. We see long-term potential in Memphis and its surrounding markets, and will continue building our team of advisers to leverage that activity.”
Carlisle, a Memphis native, had spent seven years working at Carlisle Corp., the real estate development and restaurant operation firm founded by his father, Gene Carlisle.
During his time with the company, Chase Carlisle was involved with over $215 million in real estate transactions, including handling the company’s Wendy’s portfolio, which encompassed 134 units spanning six states; the $32 million redevelopment of the Hotel Chicsa; and the proposed $200 million One Beale development.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of the team at Avison Young and its global platform,” Carlisle said in a statement. “Their competitive advantage and principal-led model sets them apart, and I look forward to building the client base and growing this office by attracting and retaining high-quality talent in the region.”
Avison Young has more than 2,400 employees in 79 offices worldwide who specialize in investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services. The firm opened its Memphis office in December 2015.
– Patrick Lantrip
Airport Releases New Strategic Overview
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority released a new Strategic Overview for the next five years, which serves as a comprehensive plan to implement improvements in all airport operations.
The Strategic Overview, which was last updated in 2015, is broken down into nine categories: physical/terminal, environment, properties/cargo, airfield, communications and reputation, air service, business model/finance, human capital management, and general aviation – each with its own one-, three- and five-year goals.
Highlights include the implementation of multi-user flight information displays with flight tracking, replacement of the passenger terminal apron around the B Concourse, creation of an interactive flight guide, and the approval of MEM’s Part 150 Noise Study.
“While not all-inclusive, this Strategic Overview identifies broad goals spanning the major areas of our extensive and far-reaching business,” Scott A. Brockman, MSCAA president and CEO, said. “As a ‘living’ document, the plan is regularly reviewed and updated as necessary to recognize tactical achievements, new opportunities, challenges and goals.”
The airport also included a list of more substantial, long-term goals like obtaining more nonstop West Coast destinations by the end of 2018, building a database of corporate travelers to facilitate a better understanding of travel needs of frequent flyers, and the construction of two concrete de-icing pads on the south end of the airfield to reduce delays in winter weather.
The guide also released more details and dates on the concourse modernization plan, which includes relocating airlines to either Concourses A or C while construction takes place on Concourse B.
The Strategic Overview can be found at http://www.flymemphis.com/strategic-overview online.
– Patrick Lantrip
Dunavant Award Recipients To Speak at Symposium
The two recipients of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards will speak April 18 at the Christian Brothers University-Dunavant Public Service Symposium at the CBU Montesi Executive Center.
Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Keenon McCloy, director of the Memphis Public Libraries system, are the recipients of the awards given annually by the Rotary Club of Memphis East and the family of the late Probate Court Clerk, Bobby Dunavant, to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official.
They will speak at the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., the same day they will be honored with the Dunavant Awards at an 11:30 a.m. awards luncheon at the Hilton Memphis hotel.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee will be the keynote speaker at the awards luncheon.
– Bill Dries
Plans for Beale Street Boutique Hotel Emerge
A new boutique-style hotel may be coming to Beale Street in the near future.
Amit Patel and Kamlesh Patel with KNM Development want to turn three vacant parcels of land between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard into a Vib by Best Western, according to a special permit application recently filed with the Shelby County Land Use Control Board.
Located at 404 Beale St., the six-story, 101-room hotel would also have an adjacent five-level, 103-space parking garage that fronts Gayoso Avenue.
Best Western launched the Vib “urban boutique” hotel concept in October 2014 and has locations in Chicago, Miami, New York, Little Rock and Seoul, South Korea, according to its website.
Amit Patel originally purchased the property in 2014 and is the owner of several other Downtown locations, including the historic Demron Building, which he purchased in January 2016.
– Patrick Lantrip
Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. has approved an eight-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) for Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm, to turn a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum into its headquarters.
Located at 158 Vance Ave., the historic Capital Pictures building will be preserved and adapted as an office for the 30-plus-employee marketing communications firm. According to its application, the redevelopment will activate a 50,000-square-foot site at a prominent intersection on the border of the South Main Historic Arts District and South City neighborhood.
Since the site is comprised of two adjacent parcels, the adjoining warehouse at Vance Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard will be adapted into an employee parking garage with 32 parking spaces.
There will be 17,250 leasable square feet of space in the main one-story building. A front-facing loading dock will be remade into a landscaped courtyard facing Vance.
The total development cost of the project is roughly $3.1 million, according to the application submitted by William F. Carkeet and Bret A. Terwilleger, the co-owners of Oden.
This particular project was especially attractive to CCRFC officials because of its location within the emerging South City neighborhood, which has been a priority of the Downtown Memphis Commission and its affiliate boards.
Carkeet and Terwilleger have been tentatively approved for a $2.9 million loan from First Tennessee Bank.
Currently located at 119 S. Main St., Oden & Associates is a business-to-business marketing firm founded by Dale Oden more than 40 years ago.
– Patrick Lantrip