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Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences @ Christian Brothers University, 64,000 Sq ft
The Sciences complex is composed of Cooper-Wilson Center and Assisi Hall. The complex contains 22 labs and preparation rooms, seven classrooms, interior and exterior gathering spaces, and facilities for research and specialty equipment, supporting the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Natural Science, Math, and Computer Science.


Metz Hall @ Memphis College Of Art, 24,000 sq ft
New residence hall is part of the larger master plan for Memphis College of Art which enables them to house 47 more students.


Levitt Shell @ Overton Park
It was built for less than $12,000 in the 1930s by the city of Memphis and the Works Progress Administration, but to relaunch the Levitt Shell at Overton Park – which the city closed a few years ago after years of inactivity and disrepair – it took a $1.3 million renovation plus the addition of new equipment, volunteers, staff, an office space and much more. It is the music venue where a young Elvis Presley played his first show in 1954.


Playhouse On The Square, $15,000,000 - 2 phases (U/C)
The centerpiece for Memphis' arts community is getting a new look! Designed for maximum audience engagement, the new playhouse will consist of 350 seats - with no seat further than 10 rows from the stage. The new 35,000 sf theater will also feature a cafe and art galleries. An existing five-story building located adjacent to the new Playhouse will house administrative offices, dressing rooms, rehearsal space and a costume shop. The top two floors will be used as office space for non-profit arts groups.


Minglewood Plaza, $6,000,000 (2 of 3 phases completed)
80,000 sq. ft will include three retail stores and a restaurant - plus a large entrance, atrium and courtyard - all of which will comprise Minglewood Plaza.
In addition to the retail/restaurant components, the property houses Minglewood Concert Hall, a music venue that can hold 1,500 people.
The DeHart Group, operating as Mad Will Properties LLC, bought the building in February 2007 for $1.7 million and promptly converted the second floor into corporate offices. The DeHart Group is a family-owned business that operates a host of companies ranging from third-party logistics and finance to human resources and technology.


Midtown Memphis, (Design/Planning) $180,000,000
Mixed-use project that will include residential, retail, office, medical office, and restaurant space on a 26-acre site.


Carrier Hall @ Central Gardens (U/Renovation)
Size: 9,000-square-foot main house, 2,500-square-foot guest house/bath house, and tea house with more than 400 square feet.
Imposing grand estate built in the 1920's on 1.3 acres in the heart of Midtown. Grand rooms & halls, interior limestone arches & remarkable floors place this home in a league of its own. Features: Wine cellar, large pool (14 ft deep!), eight fireplaces and restored outdoor courtyard fountain. Also, it listed on National Register of Historic Places. Memphis boasts the sixth-highest number of historic properties listed on the National Register - about 11,500 buildings.


The Pie Factory Lofts (Condos) @ Cooper-Young District


Midtown Medical Dialysis Center
The world’s largest provider of dialysis services has spruced up a tired part of Midtown and introduced some green architecture to the neighborhood. Germany-based Fresenius Medical Care has opened a two-story, 13,460 square-foot dialysis center at 1428 Monroe, at a cost of $2.6 million.
good to see accurate and truthful reports concerning my city. some who post information would have one believe that the big "M" is dying. even though johnny has a comprehensive list, there are other projects planned or underway. 220,000,000 saddlecreek dev including 8 story office tower, 200,000,000+ redevelopment of the fairgrounds in the inner city, 300,000,000 proposed riverbend development in metro memphis tunica county, 3500 acre auto plant development tunica county, the proposed new 1 billion dollar bridge over the mississippi in the memphis metro (probably north memphis), the mega intermodal building location in metro memphis (fayette-shelby county.) to conclude, one overlooked area important to the metropolitan area of memphis is the casino district, its great airport and its economic contribution (2007 figure) 4.6 billion annually. this entertainment location boasts hotels ranging from 31 stories to single level. i have no pictures, but when i locate some, i will post them. for some strange reason, memphis has very few---if any--aerial views of the distant skylines of downtown, robinsonville, east corridor, midtown, etc. it is difficult to find a decent picture that pictures the pyramid to the bluffs to the medical center, st. jude, etc. i have written to some professional photographers as far back as may of this year, yet, i have gotten no replies. perhaps, it has something to do w/ angle, air traffic space, or approach. i have never seen a photo of the downtown skyline pictured from and including the I 240 business corridor. again, johnny, thank you for your extensive update on the bluff city.
 

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good information on memphis. it would be nice to see casinos in south metro area of memphis. too, more information on the proposed highrises on the island would be nice. no doubt about the major projects and improvements in downtown. it will be interesting to see what development plans are drawn for the fairgrounds in midtown. again, thanks for the obvious effort to discuss the good things happening in memphis.
 

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i'm glad to see the rebuilding of the downtown first united methodist church at poplar and second; however, i hope the trinity place proposal will not be dismissed because of the replacement of the church. the presentation plans for trinity place are really beautiful, and it would add a very attractive glass and steel structure to the city's skyline. if it can't go on the proposed methodist property, what about a place on mud island at the harbor. another sensible hotel for the island would be one of those desperately needed larger-roomed hotels that, remarkably, most agree we need for tourists. herenton has plenty of time to learn of prime locations for big businesses---let him lead the way. if it is near the water, i hope the village idiots halbert, warton, warinjure, and bust a nut whal'em will follow to the river and play in the swift side. let carpenter build the boat.
 

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A New Hotel for Sofo (South Forum District)


Royal Phoenix Development LLC plans to build a new luxury hotel and parking garage at the southeast corner of Linden and Fourth in the South Forum neighborhood. Project plans were approved by the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board in August. The 11-story, 298-room hotel will cost approximately $77 million and is scheduled for completion in 2011.

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Plans have been announced to renovate and re-brand One Commerce Square. Forty South Main Street Corporation has named a development team that includes Commercial Alliance Management, Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, and Grinder Tabor & Grinder to overhaul the iconic, 31-story building. Work is scheduled to begin later this year and to be completed in 2010.

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Historic Renovations on the Mall

Construction has begun on The General Washburn, the $7.8 million renovation of the historic Lawrence building at 60 S Main St into 42 apartments and approximately 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Downtown Developers LLC plans to complete work on the project by the end of the year.

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UrbanArt Commission is installing a public art sculpture/pavillion on a plaza at Beale Street Landing. Designed by Chicago-based artist Evan Lewis, the 52-foot tall, concrete and stainless steel structure, which will include wind-powered kinetic parts, will serve as a gateway to the $29.4 million docking facility and park. Installation of the sculpture is scheduled for fall of 2010.

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Work is almost complete at Metro67 the 157-unit luxury apartment project at 67 Madison Avenue. The units are available for lease, and the first residents have already moved in. EFO Residential Partners developed the $28 million project along with the $7.5 million renovation of the adjacent garage in the former AutoZone Annex at 60 Madison.

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Work continues on Barboro Flats at 100 South Main Street. The $18.1 million project will include 92 apartments, approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and a 215-space public parking garage (owned by the Downtown Parking Authority).The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2010.

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EmergeMemphis has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA grant will be used to help finance the $1.5 million expansion and renovation of the fourth floor of the business incubator's offices at 516 Tennessee Street. The renovation will provide space for up to 14 additional early-stage, high-growth companies at the site. Work is scheduled to begin this fall and to be completed in spring 2010.

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Nearby, design plans have been finalized for the U of M Law School – Confederate Park Public Access project, and work is scheduled to begin later this year. Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) is coordinating construction of a 10-foot wide, concrete walkway along the top of the bluff behind the new University of Memphis Law School. The walkway will connect across Court Avenue with a pedestrian bridge – 200 feet in length – to Confederate Park. The project will also include an overlook terrace, landscaping, and lighting improvements. Ritchie Smith Associates designed the $1.2 million project, which is scheduled for completion by summer 2010.

In conjunction with the City of Memphis and the Memphis City Council, RDC has also recently completed a walking trail and other public enhancements at Chickasaw Heritage park in the French Fort neighborhood.

New Downtown Businesses:

Lulalyn Downtown: Art gallery, 80 Monroe Ave

SOB | South of Beale: Memphis' first gastropub, 361 S Main St

Republic Nightclub & Restaurant: 126 Beale St

Sneak Peek: Men's urban street wear boutique, 515 S Main St Ste 101
Enjoy. :banana:
 

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other building/renovation projects remembered: photo of the new 7 story airport garage at memphis international is now on line. it is pretty nice. drawings of the new apron and entrance for memphis international available on line. proposal for third I 40 mississippi river bridge in north memphis. will open a tremendous metro area connection from jonesboro and blytheville, ark. new inpatient hospice care facility on quince road under construction. new forensic center for medical examiner's office at poplar and orleans. the addition of a fourth floor to the new cancer research building at UTHSC, also, the addition of a mirror image 100,000 sqft cancer research center. construction of new research office building, 600,000 sqft at union and manassas. i don't know the number of floors or stories. construction of the intermodal facility at airport city. will house greyhound bus station, mata operations, and offices, bays, etc. will be the tie-in to the light rail system from international airport to points in center city. whole lot of building goin on!
 
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