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VOL. 132 | NO. 186 | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

City Council to Vote on Advancing Gateway, Convention Center Funding

By Bill Dries

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Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Sept. 19 on two resolutions that would advance a total of $21.5 million to the Bicentennial Gateway project as well as Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations, which is also part of the Gateway project.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, for live coverage and updates from committee sessions earlier in the council day.

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Sept. 19, on advancing $21.5 million for the Bicentennial Gateway project and convention center funding. (Looney Ricks Kiss)

The council discussed the funding advances two weeks ago and will specifically review funding and financial projections for the convention center renovation Tuesday at the 2 p.m. council executive session.

The gateway project is the nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, also called the Pinch District.

The council also votes Tuesday on a new contract for use of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl organization. The council has already approved similar contracts with the University of Memphis and the Southern Heritage Classic.

Council members will talk about the stadium management contract at an 11 a.m. committee session. The discussion item is a follow up to questions from council members earlier about how the stadium is being marketed and whether stadium managers are pursuing concerts.

The last stadium show was a U2 concert in 1997.

At a 1 p.m. council committee session, the council gets its first look at plans by the city to buy several parcels of land for the “I Am A Man” Plaza at Pontotoc and Hernando streets. The plaza is a commemoration of the 1968 sanitation workers strike that the city plans to complete by April’s activities across the city marking the 50th anniversary of the historic strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the three-month strike, daily marches by the strikers to City Hall began at the intersection as workers would gather at Clayborn Temple.

No documents showing which parcels the city wants to buy were included with the council agenda.

The council also takes up a resolution Tuesday to provide one-time-only grants of $70,000 each to another dozen surviving city sanitation workers whose service dates to 1968. That would make a total of 26 workers receiving the grants. The item is on the agenda for the council’s executive session and could be added to the full council agenda for a vote Tuesday.

In planning and development items, council members consider a move of Golden India restaurant in Overton Square to a house nearby at 20 N. Cooper St. The house would become a mixed-use development with the restaurant and residential.

The owners of the restaurant, Satnam Singh and Majit Kaur, say they need more space than the restaurant has at its current space on Madison Avenue.

The council also votes Tuesday on a CarMax lot on the northeast corner of Cotton Plant Road and Nonconnah Parkway that extends east to Germantown Road. The proposal by CarMax is opposed by the Office of Planning and Development.

The council votes on the second of three readings on the ordinance directing the administration to remove two Confederate monuments in city parks at any point after Oct. 13 – the date the Tennessee Historical Commission is to hear the city’s request for a waiver to permit the removal of the statues.

And the council votes on the appointment of Mike Rodriguez of FedEx Corp. as the city’s new chief information officer.

PROPERTY SALES 39 202 12,960
MORTGAGES 25 110 8,113
BUILDING PERMITS 114 645 30,579
BANKRUPTCIES 37 122 6,186