VOL. 133 | NO. 124 | Thursday, June 21, 2018
New Downtown Coffee Shop Gets Renovation Grant
Hayes and Amy McPherson have been awarded an exterior improvement grant by the Center City Development Corp. to help renovate the ground floor of their North Main Street residence into a coffee shop called Comeback Coffee.
The McPhersons, along with building owner and contractor Reggie Crawford, were given up to $58,832 to use for exterior enhancements for their project at 358 N. Main St.
Construction, which will also include a kitchen addition on the north side of the building projecting into the adjacent closed alley, will begin following all required approvals. Completion is tentatively scheduled for October.
In total, the project is slated to cost just under $130,000. Per the terms of the grant, the applicants must spend no less than 20 percent of the eligible costs, or $23,532, with minority- and/or women-owned businesses.
– Patrick Lantrip
Council Approves New Hotel To Replace Benchmark
Memphis City Council members approved a special use permit Tuesday, June 19, for a new hotel on the northwest corner of Union Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard to be built where what’s left of the old Benchmark Hotel currently stands.
In other planning and development items, the council approved a remote trailer parking area at 3588 E. Holmes Road near Tchulahoma next to the Amazon fulfillment center and a motor freight terminal by JNJ Trucking at 5000 American Way south of Mt. Moriah Road.
And the council delayed a vote on a proposed tire shop on Germantown Parkway until its first meeting in July.
– Bill Dries
New York Firm Acquires SE Memphis Apartments
New York City-based Triangle Capital Group, doing business as TCG Ridgeway Crossing Apartments LLC, has acquired a southeast Memphis apartment complex for $7 million in a substitute trustee’s sale.
Triangle principal Morris Doueck signed the June 15 deed, with attorney Harris P. Quinn of Prochaska Quinn & Ferraro P.C. serving as substitute trustee on behalf of the lender, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds archives.
Built in 1985, the Class C apartments located at 6065 and 6111 Ridgeway Blvd. was appraised for a combined $10.7 million and consists of nearly 300 units spread out across 26 acres, according to the Shelby County Assessor.
– Patrick Lantrip
Special Council Race Filing Deadline is Thursday
Ahead of a noon Thursday, June 21, filing deadline for the special City Council election on the Aug. 2 ballot, 11 possible contenders had pulled qualifying petitions and six had filed those petitions for a place on the ballot.
The race for the Super District 9 seat follows the May resignation of council member Philip Spinosa to take a job with the Greater Memphis Chamber. The remaining 12 council members appointed funeral director Ford Canale to the council seat until the results of the Aug. 2 council race are certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.
Canale is among those who have filed to run on the August ballot. The other contenders on the ballot so far are music producer Charley Burch, former Achievement School District director Tim Ware, Shelby County Schools teacher Erika Sugarmon, Girls Inc. CEO Lisa M. Moore and music and event producer Tyrone Franklin.
The winner of the special election for the super district seat covering half of the city of Memphis will serve through the end of 2019 when Spinosa’s four-year term of office would have ended.
Follow@tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, for updates on who has made the race after the noon filing deadline.
– Bill Dries
Memphis Women’s Hoops Adds 2 Coaches to Staff
University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin has announced the hiring of Amy Stephens and Michele Savage to the Tigers coaching staff. This will be Stephens’ second stint with Memphis after spending the 2013-14 season as McFerrin’s associate head coach. Both Savage and Stephens will assume an associate head coach title.
Savage comes to Memphis after spending seven seasons at the helm of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, from 2010 to 2017. At Davidson, she led the Wildcats to back-to-back to trips to the Southern Conference Championship title game, and in the 2012-13 season, she guided Davidson to its second-straight 20-win campaign and a berth into the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Prior to her stint at Davidson, Savage had a successful nine-year run as an assistant coach at Tulane. During her nine years with the Green Wave, Tulane twice hit the 26-win plateau and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2002, 2003 and 2010.
Savage graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 as a three-time All-Big Ten selection, a three-time Kodak All-District selection, and an All-America selection from Street and Smith’s in 1991. She helped lead the Wildcats to the 1990 Big Ten Championship and two berths in the NCAA Tournament in 1990 and 1991. She was inducted in the Northwestern Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Illinois Hall of Fame in 2008.
Stephens returns to Memphis after acting as an assistant coach for Nebraska from 2014 to 2016. In her first season back at Nebraska in 2014-15, Stephens coordinated a Nebraska defense that led the Big Ten in scoring defense, surrendering just 60.9 points per game.
While at Memphis in 2013-14, Stephens helped McFerrin and the Tigers transition from Conference USA into the American Athletic Conference. Prior to her stops at Memphis and Saint Louis (2012-13), Stephens was the head coach at Drake from 2003 to 2012 and compiled a 151-130 overall record. In 2008, Stephens led the Bulldogs to the Missouri Valley Conference title and during the previous season, she guided Drake to the Missouri Valley Tournament title and an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. She also led Drake to four WNIT appearances.
As a head coach at Nebraska-Kearney for eight years, Stephens led the Lopers to a 197-43 overall record. At Nebraska as a player, Stephens ranks among the top five in program history in points (1,976), assists (444), and steals (280). Stephens earned a first-team All-Big Eight Conference selection as a senior. She helped lead Nebraska to its only Big Eight title in 1987-88 and the first NCAA appearance in program history.
– Don Wade