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VOL. 133 | NO. 32 | Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Maciel’s Taco Shop to Open Highland Store This Week

Maciel’s Taco Shop and ITS Fine Restaurant Group have teamed up to open a second Maciel’s location at 525 S. Highland St., which will open to the public for lunch and dinner starting Thursday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant and 1,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor patio will feature the same favorites as the Downtown Maciel’s location. It eventually will offer an expanded menu, brunch and late-night eats. The new location also has a full-service bar and will offer catering and delivery to Midtown and East Memphis.

Maciel’s Highland was formed by a partnership between Manny Martinez, the proprietor of Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos, located at 45 S. Main St. Downtown, and the ITS Fine Restaurant Group, which includes Bounty on Broad, Railgarten, Loflin Yard and Rec Room and is spearheaded by principals Taylor Berger, John Planchon and Martha Hample.

– Andy Meek

At Home Sells Winchester Property for $10 Million

A Phoenix, Arizona-based real estate investment trust has paid $10 million for the big-box space in Southeast Memphis’ Centennial Place shopping center leased to home furnishings retailer At Home.

VEREIT Inc., doing business as VEREIT Real Estate LP, bought the 124,000-square-foot Class B store at 7697 Winchester Road from 7697 Winchester Rd. LLC, a limited liability company affiliated with At Home, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

The home furnishings retailer, formerly known as Garden Ridge, bought the property in 2014 from Target Corp. after Target closed its Centennial Place location.

In conjunction with its purchase, VEREIT signed a memorandum leasing the property to At Home Stores LLC through February 2033, with the option to renew up to an additional 20 years.

Centennial Place, located on the south side of Winchester east of Tenn. 385, also counts Best Buy and Burlington Coat Factory among its tenants, though those were not included in the sale.

The Shelby County Assessor’s Office most recently appraised the 15.1-acre property for $8.9 million in 2017.

– Patrick Lantrip

NAACP Chair to Keynote Freedom Fund Luncheon

National NAACP board chairman Leon Russell will be the featured speaker at the March 17 Freedom Fund luncheon of the NAACP Memphis Branch.

The annual fundraiser for the local chapter of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization is being co-chaired by Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and state Rep. Raumesh Akbari.

Russell was elected chairman of the national NAACP board in February 2017. He has been a member of the board for 27 years.

– Bill Dries

UTHSC Adopts Mental Health Delivery Model for Students

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is increasing its attention to the mental health and well-being of its students, with a focus on preventive care and intervention.

The initiative, adopted after consultation and recommendations from national student mental health organizations, involves adding counseling personnel; improving student access to mental health services; and moving student mental health services out of the traditional health clinic setting and into the Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion, or SASSI.

The move aims to take the stigma out of accessing mental health services and encourage students to view them as one aspect of support and self-care.

SASSI offers learning resources, tutoring, inclusion services, assistance for disabled students and services for veterans, among other things. University Health Services also has begun using a primary care model in which evaluation of mental health status is part of the intake and conversation with any patient seen in student health.

Workshops on suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, wellness and resilience will be offered. Students also will be educated to recognize when their classmates exhibit signs of mental distress and recommend SASSI for assistance.

Andy Meek

Grizzlies Lose to Thunder, Buy Out Brandan Wright

The Memphis Grizzlies’ losing streak stretched to six games with a 110-92 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday, Feb. 11. The return of Tyreke Evans was not enough for Memphis as he scored just 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting.

The Grizzlies, in anticipation of dealing Evans before the recently expired NBA trade deadline, sat him out for more than a week. Evans came into Sunday’s game averaging 19.5 points per game.

The Thunder were without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, but Paul George carried them with 33 points. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 18 points and JaMychal Green finished with 14 points. Memphis (18-37) will play its last game before the NBA All-Star break Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. vs. the Thunder at FedExForum.

Meanwhile, the team also waived veteran forward/center Brandan Wright over the weekend, ending a disappointing three-year stay with the team that included injuries and just 67 games played.

Wright averaged 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds during his time with Memphis. Wright is expected to sign a contract with the Houston Rockets for the remainder of the season once the waivers are cleared.

In 2007, Charlotte made Wright the eighth overall pick in the NBA Draft out of North Carolina; he was traded to Golden State the same day.

Wright, 30, never developed into a lottery pick-level player. For his career, which also included stints with New Jersey, Dallas, Boston and Phoenix, Wright has averaged 7.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Memphis signed him before the 2015-16 season to a three-year deal worth about $18 million and negotiated a buyout on the final year of the deal before waiving him so he could sign with another team.

– Don Wade

Kerrville-Rosemark Closed For Rail Maintenance

Kerrville-Rosemark Road between Old Tipton and Sullivan roads in northern Shelby County will be closed for two days for railroad track maintenance.

The closing begins Tuesday, Feb. 13, and will continue through Wednesday.

U.S. 51 and Old Tipton Road are the alternate routes around the road closure.

– Bill Dries

Medical District Apartments Sell for $2.3 Million

Eleven60, a 27,000-square-foot apartment complex in the Medical District, has switched hands for $2.3 million.

In the deal, Los Angeles-based HDH LLC purchased the 1950s-era multifamily unit from Bryan K. Smith.

In conjunction with the purchase, HDH, doing business as Eleven60 Apartments LLC, took out a $1.8 million loan through Hunt Mortgage Partners LLC.

Sitting on 1.6 acres near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Bellevue Boulevard, Eleven60 was last appraised for $1.1 million in 2017.

– Patrick Lantrip

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 147 18,012
MORTGAGES 89 184 20,749
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 8 2,701
BUILDING PERMITS 117 258 37,094
BANKRUPTCIES 55 114 11,540
BUSINESS LICENSES 42 59 5,907
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 48 6,878
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 68 4,117