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VOL. 133 | NO. 35 | Friday, February 16, 2018

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RKA Construction Quadruples Space With New Office

RKA Construction has purchased a 4,000-square-foot building just off the Poplar corridor on Tillman Street, allowing the Memphis-based firm to quadruple its office space.

RKA, which specializes in custom residential work ranging from small additions and renovations to large, new construction projects, bought the building at 81 Tillman from Bauray LLC in January for $260,000.

The new space will house the firm’s 21 team members. The firm’s office currently is located in a 1,000 square feet at 714 S. Mendenhall Road.

RKA Construction owner Ryan Anderson said his company had been looking for a larger space inside the Interstate 240 loop for a long time.

“We have projects from Collierville to the river and everywhere in between, so having a centralized space is ideal for us,” Anderson said in a statement. “Our new offices will have more storage space, space for office staff, meeting space for superintendents and field staff to meet with subcontractors, and room for expansion.”

Architect Carlton Edwards designed the plans for the new space, which include a sleek exterior design and a complete remodel of the interior.

“We’re builders, so buying an older building in an established Memphis neighborhood and restoring it really fits our brand,” Anderson said. “We love the idea of being a part of the continual revitalization of and reinvestment in Memphis real estate, both commercial and residential.”

Anderson plans to move his team into the new office space in April.

– Daily News staff

Bill Prohibiting Sterilization In Sentencing Moves Ahead

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Rep. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Senate Bill 2133 prohibits a court from making a sentencing determination based on a defendant’s consent or refusal to any form of temporary or permanent birth control, sterilization, or family planning services, regardless of whether the defendant’s consent is voluntarily given.

“Having children is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make in his or her life,” Kelsey said in a release. “The decision to have children should be left out of the courtroom.”

Kelsey and Akbari filed the bill in response to a White County judge offering reduced jail time to defendants who volunteered for sterilization. Judge Sam Benningfield said his goal was to break a “vicious cycle” of repeat drug offenders with children. The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct found that Benningfield violated rules regarding judicial independence, integrity and propriety.

“Reproduction is a fundamental right,” Kelsey said. “In Tennessee, we respect life and we respect reproductive rights.”

The bill in no way prohibits defendants from seeking sterilization services if they so choose. The bill will next be heard in the full Senate. Sen. Lee Harris (D-Memphis) is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Kelsey, who represents Cordova, East Memphis and Germantown, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

– Daily News staff

Denver Company Buys Prime Land in East Memphis

Denver, Colorado-based Confluent Development has purchased a prime parcel of vacant land in the Poplar/Interstate 240 corridor.

Confluent, doing business as CD-HRA (Germantown) LLC, purchased the 3.2-acre property from local company Dunavant Enterprises, doing business as Grandview-Memphis LLC, for $4 million, according to a Feb. 13 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register.

William O. Hagerman, senior vice president of real estate operations, signed the deed on behalf of Dunavant, while Jonathan Rankin, senior vice president and chief financial officer, signed on behalf of Confluent.

Located just north of the intersection of Poplar and Briarcrest avenues in the heart of East Memphis’ office district, the vacant land was appraised for $1.7 million in 2017 by the Shelby County Assessor.

Confluent was founded in 2015 after the merger of two Denver-based real estate firms, MVG Development Inc. and Confluent Development Services, and specializes in developing industrial and office projects, according to its website.

– Patrick Lantrip

Huey’s-Collierville Closing Two Weeks for Renovations

Huey’s Collierville, at 2130 W. Poplar Ave., is set to close its doors to the public for 12 to 14 days starting Monday, Feb. 19, to complete needed renovations.

With the help of Traditional Construction, the Collierville location will see upgrades in a couple of areas, but mostly the dining room. The restrooms will be fully renovated and remodeled. The entire dining room floor will be redone with stained concrete, and three windows will be installed on the south-side graffiti wall to bring in more light.

The entire bar countertop will be refurbished, along with some other cosmetic woodwork touch-ups in the dining room, along with a fresh coat of interior paint. And the kitchen will undergo some miscellaneous floor repairs.

The Collierville location opened in 1999 and is the fifth out of nine Huey’s locations.

– Andy Meek

City Issues RFQ For Fairgrounds Project

The city of Memphis has issued a request for qualifications for a master developer of commercial and retail space in the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The RFQ covers 19 acres on the northern end of the Fairgrounds along Central Avenue, between Maxine Smith STEAM Academy to the west and the Children’s Museum of Memphis to the east, with a goal of mixed-use private development. Part of the 19 acres includes the gymnasium of the school, which would be demolished.

City plans call for the gym to be replaced with a structure that is a combination of retail and school uses. The acreage also includes a potential 500-space parking garage.

The oval track now on the site would move to the southwestern corner of the Fairgrounds as part of a youth sports complex fronting East Parkway where the old Libertyland amusement park once stood.

Responses to the RFQ are due by 2 p.m. March 23, with Allworld Project Management as the contact on the process. A pre-proposal meeting of those interested will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m. along with a diversity workshop at the Shelby County Board of Education Building, 160 S. Hollywood St. The last day for questions is March 16 and the final addendum to the request will be posted March 19.

The city will determine which of the applicants are qualified and those selected will then be able to participate in a later request for proposals, or RFP, process.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Airport Designates Area for Uber, Lyft Services

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective March 1.

Airport officials said the change is being made to reduce traffic congestion at the baggage level and to provide a more efficient pickup and drop-off procedure for users of the ride-sharing services.

The new pickup area outside the B ticketing lobby will be covered so customers waiting for a ride are not directly exposed to inclement weather.

“This change will result in a more convenient process for passengers doing business with Uber and Lyft,” Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Scott Brockman said in a release.

More information can be found at flymemphis.com/ground-transportation.

– Patrick Lantrip

Tigers Stop Three-Game Skid With Road Win at SMU

Playing without the American Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, Jeremiah Martin, the University of Memphis defeated a shorthanded SMU team at Moody Coliseum, 70-67, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, as five Tigers scored in double figures.

Mike Parks Jr. led the Tigers with 17 points. Kareem Brewton, filling in at point guard for Martin, scored 16 points with six assists. Raynere Thornton finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Kyvon Davenport scored 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Jamal Johnson scored 10 points.

Martin sat out with a hip injury. Memphis improved to 15-11 overall, 6-7 in the AAC.

– Don Wade

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 57 1,266
MORTGAGES 48 48 964
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 11 162
BUILDING PERMITS 87 87 2,838
BANKRUPTCIES 34 34 652
BUSINESS LICENSES 10 10 286
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0