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VOL. 133 | NO. 152 | Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Amazon Proposes Tent Design For West McLemore Location

Amazon is proposing an unusual development in South Memphis: A “permanent tent’’ to serve as a warehouse.

The world’s largest online retailer wants to build a triangular, 16,575-square-foot warehouse of taut fabric supported by steel-tube trusses and cables, according to construction documents filed with Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office.

That agency’s longtime administrator, Allen Medlock, said he was unaware of another Memphis warehouse made in such a way. The application for the building permit was submitted in late July.

The arched structure would rise on a basically empty asphalt parking lot at 109 W. McLemore, just east of Interstate 55. Belz Investco owns the 11.4 acres used by a trucking company.

The construction cost is estimated at $595,000.

Plans show the 35-foot-tall building would have six overhead doors – three on each side – where vans can be loaded. Tractor-trailers would unload under an open-air, 2,150-square-foot breezeway at one end of the building.

The structure also would house areas designated for a “station,” ready-to-ship desk, shift manager’s desk and water cooler, the plans show.

The site plan shows 43 regular parking spaces and 19 spaces for vans.

A ClearSpan Fabric Structures facility in Dyersville, Iowa, would supply the building components, documents show.

The plans refer to the building in different ways: “Permanent tent;” “tent structure warehouse” and “frame supported fabric structure warehouse.”

The proposed development would be the fourth and most unusual Amazon building in Memphis.

The city failed to make the cut for the so-called “HQ2,” Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters that is to employ about 50,000 people. However, the e-commerce giant is rapidly establishing a substantial presence in the city.

Traditional warehouse construction is being completed on a $70 million “receive center’’ which will open by early next year at 3292 Holmes Road in the city’s vast, Southeast industrial area. The facility is expected to employ 575 people in an operation for receiving and repackaging goods for shipment to Amazon fulfillment centers.

Earlier in July, construction documents were filed on behalf of Amazon for the $10 million renovation of an existing warehouse at 5155 Citation, about two miles east of the receive center. The 400,000-square-foot building previously housed the AT&T Entertainment Group Supply Chain.

Amazon also has operated a warehouse at 6005 Freeport, also in Southeast Memphis.

By mid-morning Wednesday, Amazon had not responded to a reporter’s request for more information about the roles the McLemore and Citation warehouses will play. The company has publicly described the purpose of its receive center as part of its application for a tax incentive based on the investment and jobs there.

But so far Amazon has not sought public incentives for the Citation and McLemore facilities and has not commented about what function each will serve.

The ClearSpan website lists several advantages to its fabric-covered buildings, stating: The anchoring system needs no expensive excavation or foundation work; the interior has no columns or other support structures that get in the way of operations; the fabric admits natural light and reduces electricity costs; the fabric keeps the space warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, also reducing power expenses; and “little or no” property taxes must be paid on the tent-like buildings.

–Daily News staff

Special After-Hours Event Slated at Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is hosting a “night at the museum” for members and guests Friday, Aug. 17, from 5-8 p.m.

Children will see the exhibits in a whole new way. When visiting Engine House 18, they will be able to interact with police officers and firefighters. Sir Dance-A-Lot will be displaying his disco fever in Time Square and there will be other activities going on throughout the museum.

Guests will have access to all the activities in the museum, plus access to the H2Oh! Splash Park and unlimited carousel rides. There will be face painting, crafts and food trucks on campus. Cost is $15 for non-members and is free for members.

For more information, go to cmom.com/.

–Don Wade

Mississippi Boat Shop Owners Buy Oakshire Apartments

An apartment and townhouse community across from Oakshire Elementary School has a new owner.

Santa Monica LLC bought the circa-1970s Oakshire Downs Apartments and Townhouses property for $5.7 million from Crimson Circle LLC on July 27, according to deeds on file with the Shelby County Register.

Santa Monica’s address is 60 Pleasant Hill Road, Nesbit, Mississippi, the location of Pier 55 Marine, a family-owned and operated boat shop, located about 10 miles from Oakshire Downs Apartments.

Crimson Circle, a Tennessee limited liability company, bought the apartment and townhouse property in June for $4 million in cash after former owner, Utah-based Memphis Development Partners LLC and the City of Memphis Health, Educational and Housing Facilities Board, sold the property to the highest bidder at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Last December, Memphis property management company RJ Property Management LLC filed a lien against the property for about $113,500, plus interest, citing unpaid work, labor and materials.

Kellen Jones, manager of Crimson Circle LLC and president of Cache Private Capital Management, which makes direct loans to borrowers seeking commercial financing for loans ranging from $500,000 to $5 million, agreed to make a $3.4 million loan available to Santa Monica for the purchase.

–Daily News staff

Former Madison County Employees Indicted

Madison County’s former facilities maintenance supervisor and a former accounts payable clerk have been indicted for stealing county funds.

Details of the investigation have been released by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury following the indictments of Donna Williams, a former accounts payable clerk in the Madison County Finance Department, and Eric Skinner, Madison County’s former facilities maintenance supervisor.

The comptroller’s office launched an investigation in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after the director of the Madison County Finance Department alerted its office.

Investigators discovered Williams and Skinner’s alleged plot to steal county funds by way of an unauthorized landscaping project. According to the comptroller, Williams forged two invoices and disbursed two county checks totaling $6,075, which she and a friend later cashed at a local bank.

The comptroller said Williams paid Skinner $1,800 for allowing her to receive unauthorized funds from the county’s maintenance department budget, and that Williams kept the remaining $4,275.

Investigators found Williams also used the county credit card to make 12 payments on her personal cable bill, totaling about $2,200. Williams repaid about $1,000 with personal money orders. According to the comptroller, she still owes Madison County about $5,400. Williams was fired on Sept. 25, 2017.

Skinner later came clean about his involvement, refunding Madison County $1,800 when he resigned on Dec. 13, 2017, the TBI said.

On July 2, Williams and Skinner were indicted by a Madison County grand jury for theft of more than $1,000 and official misconduct.

–Daily News staff

Hopdoddy Sets Open Date for East Memphis Location

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has set an official opening date for its second Memphis location.

The new location in the Poplar Commons shopping center will open to the public Monday, Aug. 13.

Earlier this year, the Austin, Texas-based burger chain opened its first location in Memphis at the corner or Madison Avenue and Cooper Street in Overton Square.

–Patrick Lantrip

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 57 1,266
MORTGAGES 48 48 964
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 1 1 152
BUILDING PERMITS 85 85 2,836
BANKRUPTCIES 34 34 652
BUSINESS LICENSES 10 10 286
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0