VOL. 132 | NO. 80 | Friday, April 21, 2017
Plans For Cement Silos On Riverside Withdrawn
Plans for two 145-foot tall dry cement storage silos at the foot of the Mississippi River where Chickasaw Heritage Park and the National Ornamental Metal Museum sit atop the bluff have been withdrawn by the applicant, American Commercial Barge Line.
The Jeffersonville, Indiana, barge line with a Memphis riverside facility at 427 W. Illinois Ave. withdrew its application for the silos from the April 26 agenda of the Shelby County Board of Adjustment, according to a post from the Metal Museum Wednesday, April 19, on its Facebook page.
The museum and others had been rallying opponents of the plans to attend the Board of Adjustment meeting, with renderings showing the silos rising higher than the bluff top.
ACBL formally outlined its plans March 27, citing damage to 23 above-ground storage tanks at its Memphis facility from the 2011 flooding that reached the highest levels since the all-time highest recorded river level of 1937.
ACBL is a direct barge-to-truck facility and the tanks stored numerous products from petroleum to molasses. The storage tanks were damaged “beyond repair” in the flooding six years ago, according to the company.
Alternate sites were explored elsewhere in Memphis and in West Memphis, Arkansas, but all required building a new river terminal.
The company, in its application to the board for a zoning variance, said the existing terminal – which it believes has been in business under different owners for 100 years – is ideal because of its proximity to the interstate and the deep draft on that section of river, which means no interruptions in barge deliveries regardless of how high or low the river might be.
The industrial use clashes with long-held plans for residential development of the old Marine Hospital by Chickasaw Heritage Park where several ceremonial Indian mounds are located at the bluff’s edge.
The park is next to the French Fort neighborhood of single-family homes. French Fort homeowners had also expressed opposition to the proposed silos.
– Bill Dries
ServiceMaster May Pay Fizdale’s Fine for Ranting
Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s postgame rant about the officiating after losing Game 2 of a first-round playoff series in San Antonio resulted in a fine of $30,000.
But a tweet from ServiceMaster indicated the Memphis-based company might be willing to pay Fizdale’s fine, at least $25,000 of it. Fizdale’s closing line at his press conference, after he detailed the free throw disparity between one Spurs player – Kawhi Leonard – and the entire Grizzlies team was memorable: “Take that for data.”
The Grizzlies tweeted out a T-shirt design, with the words “Take That For Data,” that included Fizdale’s trademark black-rimmed glasses.
– Don Wade
Memphis Commute Challenge Begins in May
On average, Memphians spend $10,817 per year maintaining a vehicle and driving to work. The Commute Challenge, May 1 to 31, is a monthlong chance to try other commuting options and win prizes.
Employees and teams that join the Commute Challenge use public transit, biking, carpooling and walking to commute to work as often as they choose. Each trip to or from work earns points that qualify participants for commute-related prizes.
The Commute Challenge is sponsored by Commute Options, an initiative of Innovate Memphis, to promote transportation choices that improve economic and community health.
Employees who ditch drive-alone commuting may do so to improve their health, save money on car expenses, make productive use of travel time, support public transit and biking infrastructure, improve air quality, and reduce their impact on climate change, according to the event organizers.
“As a bike commuter, I get almost an hour of exercise each day while others are stuck behind the wheel,” said Suzanne Carlson, transportation and mobility project manager for Innovate Memphis. “It’s a great way to get around.”
Business benefits from encouraging commute options can include tax savings, increased employee health and morale, and enhanced corporate image.
Local employers including the city of Memphis, Shelby County Health Department, creative consulting firm DCA, Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Church Health have already signed on to encourage co-workers to participate.
Doug McGowen, chief operating officer for the city of Memphis, is encouraging the team at City Hall.
“We support transit with free employee bus passes and May is the perfect month to support and challenge our employees to try healthy commute options, whether it’s taking the bus for the first time, bicycling or walking,” he said. “We’re looking forward to great participation from City Hall.”
Registration is happening now. Go to commuteoptionsmemphis.com to register and for more information.
– Don Wade
Chef Shuttle Raising Funds For Exchange Club
Meal-delivery service Chef Shuttle is partnering with The Exchange Club Family Center for a Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the organization’s domestic violence and child abuse prevention, intervention and restorative services.
Chef Shuttle will donate $1 to the agency for each Memphis-area order made between May 8 and May 12.
“As Mother’s Day approaches, we wanted to support and show our appreciation for an organization that empowers so many women in the Mid-South community,” said Chef Shuttle CEO Ryan Herget. “We also hope this collaboration helps The Family Center reach more families and children in need of their services.”
Chef Shuttle’s donation will help the Family Center provide group and individual counseling, court advocacy for children, and adult and family educational services directly to Mid-South individuals affected by child abuse or domestic violence.
“We are grateful for Chef Shuttle’s commitment to the families we serve,” said Angela Bledsoe, development director for The Exchange Club Family Center. “More than 5,000 children and adults count on us to help them break the cycle of violence, and money raised through this promotion will help support family healing.”
To support the fundraiser, customers should order their favorite restaurant meals via ChefShuttle.com from May 8 to May 12.
The company delivers throughout the Greater Memphis area Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A full list of restaurants and other details about how it works are available on the website.
– Daily News staff
Memphis Made Brewing Co. Starts Benefit Concert Series
This month, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting up something to showcase its love of the Bluff City’s music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series.
Each month, the Cooper-Young brewery is booking a local band and choosing a local nonprofit to spotlight and support.
“We’re very focused on making Memphis a better place, and this is a small way to do that while enjoying local beer and music,” said Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made.
The series starts Sunday, April 23, and will benefit the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park.
Cash donations will be taken at the door and Memphis Made will be donating a portion of sales to CPOP. The doors open at 1 p.m. with Brandon Taylor starting the music at 2 p.m.
The Moon Glimmers perform at 3 p.m. and Turnstyles play at 5 p.m.
There is a break in the music for a free tour of the brewery at 4 p.m.
Food trucks Arepa 901 and MEMPopS will be on site all day.
– Daily News staff
FedEx Files $3.2M Permit for Renovation
FedEx has filed a $3.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for building renovations at 3140 Tchulahoma Road.
That is the current location of FedEx Health Center West.
Grinder Haizlip Construction is listed as the contractor on the permit application while A2H is listed as the architect.
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is listed as the property owner.
The 62,022-square-foot building sits on 6.2 acres located near the FedEx Memphis World Hub.
It is appraised at $4.1 million.
– Patrick Lantrip