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Old Posted Mar 3, 2014, 9:21 PM
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i was looking at some buildings in the indianapolis thread, and my eye caught the project named "indiana square". it is a reclad of glass, i think 34 stories, and it looks very nice. it has that lower mezzanine wrap around the bottom, on the original presentation; however, in the redo, it looks as if it has been shorted, which makes the building look taller and a bit more up to date, imo. again, i think it is very nice, and you don't have to raze everything in the city to sparkle---haslam....! they also have buildings that are being put back into service by adding additional floors to them. it makes all the difference in the world.

i don't remember who said it or where i read it, but supposedly, indianapolis is supposed to be the comparative of memphis, as their infrastructure is allegedly very much alike. i lived there several years, but i guess it didn't really make that much of an impression on me.
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A look inside the redevelopment plans for 100 N. Main
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One Hundred North Main LLC, led by Isaac Thomas, are looking at Hotel Indigo, among other brands, for the 171-room hotel. Hotel Indigo is a brand owned by Atlanta-based InterContinental Hotels Group, which also owns the Holiday Inn brand.
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/n...-released.html

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Old Posted Mar 5, 2014, 9:47 PM
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The more that I read about the project the more I think that it will do so much for that area of downtown and downtown in general. Residents downtown will help downtown's economy out, but the hotel should improve it greatly, since those people will actually probably be the ones in and out of most restaurants throughout the week. We'll see if this sparks a few more smaller developments that might be proposed or announced between now and the summer.
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Old Posted Mar 6, 2014, 2:44 PM
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New Le Bonheur parking garage to rise in medical district
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Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is about to construct a five-level, 760-space parking garage on Manassas between Adams and Washington. The existing parking garage (right, background) will be demolished later this year.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...se-in-medical/

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Old Posted Mar 7, 2014, 12:14 AM
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Saw where American has added three daily nonstop flights to Philly from Memphis. That's a plus.
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Old Posted Mar 11, 2014, 9:40 PM
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Saw where American has added three daily nonstop flights to Philly from Memphis. That's a plus.
No doubt. They need to work harder on getting service from more low cost carriers and ultra low cost carriers, until then those prices are going to stay sky high.
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Old Posted Mar 11, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Broken pipes highlight challenges at 100 N. Main
There's also a video attached to this article.

http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/b...ac-thomas.html

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Waiting for an elevator in One Hundred North Main with the building's owner, Isaac Thomas, I eyed the built-in ashtrays on the walls between the elevators.

"Those staying?" I asked doubtfully, considering the $100 million redevelopment planned by Thomas and his partners that, as I reported a week ago today, will give the building 266 apartments and 171 hotel rooms.

"No," Thomas replied. "Everything will be new."
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The frozen pipes that burst Tuesday, bringing dirty water cascading into the building's lobby, kind of nailed that point home for me. Bringing the building up to snuff won't be easy, as we highlighted in another recent article.
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"Our primary goal is to increase the number of people Downtown," he told me, adding that this project would certainly accomplish that.

One of the ways the developers may offset the cost is to seek incentives from the DMC – something Morris said hasn't happened yet, although there have been "extensive discussions."
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Old Posted Mar 12, 2014, 1:13 AM
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Personally I see The First Tennessee Bank Tower being renovated like One Indiana Square since the building has pretty big glass windows and the company is adding more locations in other states which well eventually move some more employees to its national headquarters.



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Old Posted Mar 12, 2014, 1:25 AM
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County Comission approves Sears Crosstown Funding

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The redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown Building has received the “last major piece” of funding that will allow the project to begin.

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday to earmark $5 million for infrastructure improvements

The $180 million project will redevelop the 1.5 million square foot structure, which sits on 18 acres. Crosstown LLC, which acquired the property in 2007 can now begin construction on apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing, located on the upper levels. The project will also include offices for multiple organizations including ALSAC, Church Health Center, Crosstown Arts, Gestalt Community Schools, Methodist Healthcare, Memphis Teacher Residency, Rhodes College and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

According to the Commercial Appeal, the funding was approved with a vote of 11-1 after a two hour discussion that was sometimes tense, and at one point almost veered toward delaying the vote.

In December, the Memphis City Council voted to approve$15 million, its portion of infrastructure improvements.
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Old Posted Mar 12, 2014, 9:18 PM
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Memphis City Council approves $66M Raleigh Springs Mall redevelopment

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The Memphis City Council has unanimously approved moving several city offices to the dilapidated Raleigh Springs Mall as part of an urban renewal plan.

The Council voted Tuesday on the $66 million plan, which will mean construction of a new Memphis Police traffic precinct to replace the nearby Old Allen station and a public library, as we reported in April 2013.

Other uses include a farmers market, a skate park and a recreational lake and walking trails, the report said.

The plans, as first proposed, call for a $30 million private investment that will add 100,000 square feet of retail space.

The mall's current tenants would be relocated to another part of the mall during demolition, according to an earlier report.



Here is a link to a animated proposal
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Old Posted Mar 13, 2014, 11:35 PM
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thanks cris, the video is almost necessary to understand that much re/and construction. i',m glad the presenter added that last defining part of the reason buildings should be razed, when they reach the 10% or higher cost runs, e.g. unless it is designated as a historical national structure or significant site placement.

the idea of moving city employees is a bit contrary to the benefit of the desired occupancy in downtown spaces. the last thing that i had heard about the downtown government employees and space seemed to come from mayor wharton and his kicking around the idea of placing employees from buildings that were scattered in various areas of downtown, consolidating them in the hill bldg. i think this is a good idea, if the fbi suggestion didn't fly. finally, a city the size of memphis should have a beautiful library downtown (the old police station), if i were king, would surely be used. i would even love to see it converted into an elegant ballroom, etc., or even a church. any arguments, corrections, or info welcomed.
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Whatever happened to the relocation of the Hard Rock Cafe to the former Lansky's building? Did that fall through?
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2014, 2:27 AM
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Whatever happened to the relocation of the Hard Rock Cafe to the former Lansky's building? Did that fall through?
Don't think it did, the original details announcement was cancelled due to weather issues and they just haven't rescheduled it.

Hard Rock Café is putting in an eatery near the indoor amusement park segment of Mall of America in Minny.



Since you're from Huntsville, noticed that B-Ham's Alabama Adventure got bought by some of the Koch's that operated Holiday World till recently. That's a huge win for B-Ham, they will run that place right.
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Old Posted Mar 17, 2014, 4:21 PM
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I just saw on the Memphis Daily News site that Hard Rock and Yates filed for a building permit for construction. I would assume this is for the relocation of the Hard Rock Cafe. But strange that no press conference was made beforehand.
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Old Posted Mar 17, 2014, 4:42 PM
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Some pretty good developments going up.
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Airport's $114M redesign will take until 2020

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Memphis International Airport will begin closing gates this year as part of a $114 million consolidation and redesign following Delta Air Lines Inc.'s broad cutbacks last year.
To see what the newly renovated Concourse B will look like, check out this slideshow.
The removal of the south end of Concourse A is expected to begin in late 2014, with the removal of the south end of Concourse C in mid-2015, according to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. Airlines should begin moving to Concourse B by mid-2015. The project will not affect airfares.
As part of the consolidation, the airport will reduce its number of gates from 83 to 60, but will increase the number of flights per gate to five or six a day from three, said Vice President of Operations John Greaud.
Beginning in 2016, Concourse B will undergo a three-phase modernization project that will be complete by 2020.

Smaller upgrades of the airport, including terminal apron reconstruction, are already underway. The apron project, which is replacing aging concrete near Concourse B, will enter its final phase this year.
Also, as I reported last night, the MSCAA has already taken out a $400,000 building permit for a new shell space in the airport's west connection for the Transportation Safety Administration, currently in the soon-to-close south end of Concourse A.
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Old Posted Mar 17, 2014, 10:55 PM
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these decisions were made as long ago as 2008, for the most part. it is pretty much a self-full-feeling prophecy, imo. it seems as little analysis has been considered concerning the location of the airport. you would think that it would make perfect sense for it to grow and advance the city. what was all of the building, the implementation of tracon, the new runways, and the other improvements, even the new high tech control terminal. just about the time it was finished, furnished classroom and illustrators for pilots, the pilots move their operations to atl. why build a new bridge at the end of the south runways, if there is really no traffic? over 11 million passengers flown in 2004----4.6 something at the end of 2013...makes no sense. when i read the long term projections concerning mem inter last year or right near the end of 2012, i pretty much knew that decisions had been made long ago and, the dye was cast. memphis seems to always take the hit. cox put out, w/ the caveat "if the current growth continues", by the year 2025 to 2030 the airport should be carrying such and such passengers. if the game were played fairly, memphis would handle as much traffic as necessary. how does all of this play out for the aeropolis concept, continued growth as a leader in logistics, the biomed industry. what has happened to the research park? wharton's statements about it and the urban land institute and the recommendations, as memphis asked them for a consult. the first statements out of their mouths...reduce, reduce, redefine to something else, after 7 years of waiting for a world class research campus. it just seems nuts. it is certainy disappointing. now, instead of placing city employees and services in downtown, mr. wharton wants to put them in old malls and one other place. we had just heard the week before how costly and ineffective, if above 10%, it was to keep old buildings. now, between the mayor of memphis and haslam, they can make sure that memphis stays on course to be the scratch-n-sniff city. as for the indigo hotel, wasn't there a minority group which was finishing a renovation, after 3 years? i think it is on the east side of the square, and the last time i checked, i was told it would be opened in about 3 months. that was almost a year ago. what has happened?
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A conference center at the Peabody Place Mall?
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/25...#axzz2wFOj9xar

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -
A conference center at The Peabody would cost a lot less than a new convention center.

The mayor didn't talk about a dollar figure but if he did, one councilman would tell the mayor to show him the money.

No one walks the grand stairs of the Peabody Place Mall. It's been closed for years. What do with it? Mayor Wharton proposes to make it a conference center.

"Most of your traffic when it comes to conventions and meetings would be a niche market for us," said Wharton.

A new conference center might be an economical alternative to the proposed 60 million dollar rehabilitation of the existing convention center.

Mayor Wharton said, "Keep in mind, it's The Peabody. It has the name. It is already there and the facility is already there."
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Back when we did a story about the demise of the mall, executives at Belz Enterprises said they had wanted to convert the empty retail space into conference rooms and suites.

It hasn't happened and the mayor's plan may not either, unless his administration can explain how the city will pay for it.

City Councilman Harold Collins said, "When we are a community struggling to fund its pension, struggling to fund its health care, struggling to pay our first responders, struggling to meet our debt, it is a difficult proposition."
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"We have no details. We have no specifics. Once we get those then we can debate whether or not it's real," said Collins.

One person close to the convention and conference center discussions told me the mayor and Jack Belz, owner of Peabody Place, have only chatted about this idea. Nothing has been agreed upon.

The committee studying the feasibility of a new convention center meets Thursday morning to discuss all options including this new one.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2014, 7:33 AM
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and, as generally the case, this possible idea has just been chatted about, but always, seemingly, w/ the same players, and generally the same results. it usually takes about 6 years to finish a memphis project, if it actually is ever built, because it seems that most of them are never workable or have people that simply don't have a vested interest in getting things done for memphis citizens, perhaps one or two out of six are finished eventually. never a sense of urgency to get the 9.6% unemployment.
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