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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #241
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Chicago group renovates Brooks inn
Memphis Daily News


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A year and a half and $3.5 million of renovations into the project, the hotel has been branded a Clarion, all 245 rooms are just about renovated, the hotel restaurant has reopened and is awaiting its liquor license, and Michael and his partners plan to launch the new Clarion Cedar Hotel in May... That’s when they plan to have their liquor license and reopen the hotel lounge known as Dad’s Place, which is how many longtime Memphians identify the building. The lounge – which will again be branded Dad’s Place – is part of the history of Memphis’ lounge circuit that featured live music well into the disco era. The plan is to feature Elvis tribute artists at the reopened lounge.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news...hotel-upgrade/

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #242
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Beale Street Landing about to spring to life
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“It’s a multi-purpose facility. … What it is in February is not what it is in April,” Lendermon said of the 4,500-square-foot restaurant space. “It’s got to be able to shrink and grow and morph into what it needs to be for a given period of time.”... The restaurant is one of three spaces including an open area beneath the grass roof as well as a space for a gift shop in addition to a gift shop that is to be part of the restaurant. Daily excursion boats will also debut at the landing in July, with space for ticket sales and a broader market for merchandise... The dock itself will open before the restaurant with the April 27 arrival of The American Queen. The largest steamboat in the world will call Memphis its home port. The floating islands that are the access to the river at the landing are now floating in McKellar Lake, south of Downtown. Later this month, they will make the short journey north to be attached to the mooring arms at the landing.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news...21/river-view/

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #243
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Preston Lamm to fill former Pat O'Brien's on Beale Street
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A local restaurant group with plenty of Beale Street experience could have the former Pat O’Brien's and Ground Zero Blues Club space at 310 Beale singing a new tune by May. Beale Street veterans Preston Lamm and Bud Chittom purchased the building, equipment and furniture from 310 Beale Street Properties LLC for an undisclosed amount and plan to open a corner bar called Dancin’ Jimmy’s. The 18,897-square foot building includes a 7,749-square-foot ground floor, a 7,331-square-foot second floor and a 3,334-square-foot covered patio... Lamm is president of River City Management Group LLC, which has various restaurant concepts on Beale Street, including Rum Boogie Cafe, Pig on Beale, King’s Palace Cafe, the Absinthe Room, Beale Street Tap Room, Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall, Ugly Juanita’s Taco Shop, and Handy Bar. It also owns or operates others restaurants throughout the Mid-South such as Mesquite Chop House, Fillin' Station Grille, Spindini, Pa Pa Pia’s, and 10 Bones BBQ. Chittom, who has been involved with Blues City Cafe, Club 152, and Johnny G’s Creole Kitchen on Beale, is also heading up a group that is opening up Riverside Grille & Dockside Bar by July at Beale Street Landing.
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/n...ormer-pat.html

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #244
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A bonus look at Memphis' most popular tourist attractions
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Beale Street in Downtown Memphis is the city's most popular tourist destination, drawing more than 5 million visitors in 2011.
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City’s minor-league baseball team looks to re-energize fan base
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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #246
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Memphis Redbirds complete scoreboard installation in time for home opener
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The Memphis Redbirds have completed installation of their new 3,600-square-foot, high-definition scoreboard just in time for the team’s opening night Friday. The 1.4 million pixels board weighs more than 20 tons and will be the largest board in minor league baseball. It surpasses the 2,640 square-foot board at Coca-Cola Field, home of the Buffalo Bison.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #247
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Crescent to add two restaurants
Capital Grille, Seasons 52 first Tennessee locations
Memphis Business Journal


http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/p...staurants.html

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #248
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The American Queen comes to Memphis, bringing jobs and tourism in its wake.
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Negotiations between the steamboat company and the city of Memphis began in March 2011. By August, the two sides had agreed to terms: The Great American Steamboat Company would operate out of Memphis, giving Beale Street Landing a permanent tenant, while Memphis would loan the company the remaining funds necessary to launch. "It's amazing that we were working on the Beale Street Landing at the time," Wharton says, just as the Great American Steamboat Company was looking for a place for its headquarters. "We are a river city. The steamboat represents entertainment and travel at its best, and this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that came along at the right time."
http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/...nt?oid=3159467

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #249
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Largest solar farm in TN officially opens Thursday
Solar farm in Stanton, TN, will add a visitor center next year
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The state of Tennessee and University of Tennessee are hosting the event at the 25-acre, 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm. It features about 21,000 ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels and is estimated to provide enough energy for 500 homes and offset use of 250 tons of coal per month.
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...opens-Thursday

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Mitsubishi construction still on schedule, company reports
Memphis Business Journal


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“The factory designs are complete, the site is prepared and construction is well under way. The last of the 6,000 support pilings will be installed by the end of April and you will then see the building begin to rise,” Badaracco said in a statement... Should construction remain on schedule, the plant will be commissioned this fall. The 350,000-square-foot steel facility will house manufacturing implements and up to 275 employees when it begins churning out 400-ton electrical transformers.
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/n...-still-on.html

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #251
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Businesses hopeful Southwest can improve flight options, pricing
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“We have to face facts. We’ve always been the smallest market in the United States to have an airline hub,” said Cox. “Over time because of the price of fuel, because Atlanta is bigger than Memphis, and because Minneapolis and Detroit are bigger and more prosperous hubs, Memphis and Cincinnati have been right-sized to between roughly 120 and 150 (Delta) flights per day on average.”
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news...endlier-skies/

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #252
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Sterick back in the news. Also, there's rumor that there was a group of investors who viewed the 1930s art-deco scraper recently.

Memphis officials pushing for plan to redevelop long-vacant Sterick Building
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Downtown officials are pressing for a feasibility study of mixed-use development of the Sterick Building and national marketing of the empty landmark once the study is completed.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...artner=popular

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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #253
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$200 million mixed-used development in Munford to begin first phase
Memphis Business Journal


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Site plan rendering of part of Village at Green Meadows, which includes 136 single-family dwellings.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #254
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Yet more improvements for the 62,000 seat Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The University Of Memphis Tigers, now of the Big East Conference, will have the 6th largest video scoreboard in all of college football. More to come...

FedEx presents $2.5 million donation to U of M for Liberty Bowl video board
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Old May 14th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #255
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This could potentially be very good for Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium revenues if this USFL relaunch does indeed come to fruition. I recommend the Washington Post link below for more details. This time around the USFL will not challenge the NFL and will be a 2nd-tier developmental league with the NFL having some access.

Memphis on USFL’s short list for football team in 2013
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Memphis is among the 8 cities the USFL is targeting for teams. The cities mentioned by the AP are locations without NFL teams and with stadiums that are unused during the spring and summer months. The Memphis Showboats of the USFL played in the Liberty Bowl from 1984 until the league folded in 1987 and featured NFL hall of famer Reggie White. The Showboats made the USFL playoffs in 1985 and were considered among the more viable USFL franchises with solid attendance throughout their two-season run. Unlike the first time around, the USFL will own all the teams rather than rely on local ownership, and not attempt to challenge the NFL for players or payroll.
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/b...-list-for.html

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More on the story from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports...FGU_story.html
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Old May 14th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #256
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With the coming 10-story expansion tower for the Downtown Marriott @ Cook Convention Center & this development, make that 370 hotel rooms under-construction in the Convention/ Pinch District.

The Pyramid plan takes shape
Bass Pro design includes hotel; city buys nearby land
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Plans to transform The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops super store now include a three-story hotel encircling the arena floor... Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris -- who has made 15 to 20 trips to the building -- has decided to add a 210-room hotel on three floors in The Pyramid's interior. The building will be stocked with outdoor goods arrayed among wildlife displays to seem as much like a theme park as a retail store.

Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton recently signed a contract to acquire the nearby Lone Star Industries property. Existing structures there will be torn down and replaced with green space, to improve the area's connection to the Mississippi River and Memphis Cook Convention Center.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...n-takes-shape/

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Ford to propose Memphis taxpayers contribute $2 million to redevelop the Chisca
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Councilman Edmund Ford wants city government to sink $2 million into a $19.5-million redevelopment of the historic Chisca Hotel... The Church of God in Christ has had the long-vacant hotel at 272 S. Main under contract since last October to sell to an investor group including some of the principals in One Commerce Square ownership. They include Gary Prosterman, Karl and Gail Schledwitz and Terry Lynch. The would-be buyers propose to convert the eight-story, 98-year-old hotel into a mixed-used development including smaller apartments on upper floors and ground-floor retail.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...D=happeningnow

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Historic cobblestones ready to undergo $6 million restoration
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The cobblestones will include a ramp area for launching canoes and kayaks in the Memphis harbor but not motorized boats. The area will remain accessible to automobiles and have a walkway by the river’s edge as well as two east-west paved walkways leading to the river.
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news...erfront-rehab/

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Old May 18th, 2012, 02:36 AM   #259
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Memphis-area planners consider area around I-269
The alternative is 'haphazard' development
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As transportation officials and local planners see it, the highway project also will be the catalyst for a whirlwind of development. In an effort to help shape what kind of development occurs, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability are embarking on studies of the I-269 corridor. The work will deal with land-use, environmental and transportation issues.
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