VOL. 132 | NO. 199 | Friday, October 6, 2017
County Readies Complete Renovation of 201 Poplar
By Bill Dries
With Memphis Police brass moved into the Civic Center Plaza from their long-time headquarters on the top floors of the Criminal Justice Center, Shelby County government is preparing to begin a total renovation of the CJC at 201 Poplar Ave.
The county applied for a $17 million building permit this week that covers the first three of seven construction phases.
The police department move of its headquarters earlier this year to 170 N. Main St., the former Donnelly J. Hill State Office Building, and the space it left behind at 201 Poplar allows the overall renovation of the CJC to begin. The renovation project will occur two floors at a time and relocate staff on floors being renovated elsewhere to other areas of the building while the work is underway.
The overall renovation includes electrical improvements, a more efficient use of office space, asbestos abatement, upgrades for the Americans with Disabilities Act and will bring the circa-1980 CJC into compliance with current high rise building code conditions, said Shelby County Public Works director Tom Needham.
As the county pulled the permit this week, plans for the first three phases went to the local code enforcement office for review. Bids will follow early next year.
The design firm on the project is Evans Taylor Foster Childress Architects.