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Snapshot: Downtown’s Latest Boutique
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There are a lot of things wrong with that short article. For one thing, neither Hilton Garden Inn or Holiday Inn Express are boutique hotel brands (they're limited service). That and Turkey Creek isn't even working on the Hilton project anymore (a company based out of Chattanooga is handling the work).
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I expect to hear more proposals like these in Midtown with that new incentives for multi-family units.
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More renderings of Parkside at Shelby Farms

I like the designs for what they are. More dense mixed use developments happening in the burbs, but how do you guy's feel about it
being near Shelby Farms and the traffic ? This project has a lot of opposition because of the location.



















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Old Posted Jul 20, 2017, 11:17 PM
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More renderings of Parkside at Shelby Farms

I like the designs for what they are. More dense mixed use developments happening in the burbs, but how do you guy's feel about it
being near Shelby Farms and the traffic ? This project has a lot of opposition because of the location.






















Seeing those designs and the layout makes me like it more. It's a massive project, I don't dislike the designs of a lot of the buildings. Being near the Park, I'm not against development like this pushing it. It is still in a city, so growth is to be expected-- happy to see it's mixed-use. As far as traffic, I think I read one of the key factors was the new Shelby Farms Pkwy, which was put on hold recently by TDOT. That could affect a lot of it. I wish there were more mixed-use projects like this in the core (Midtown/true East Memphis), but again, any type of it is a start.
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More renderings of Parkside at Shelby Farms

I like the designs for what they are. More dense mixed use developments happening in the burbs, but how do you guy's feel about it
being near Shelby Farms and the traffic ? This project has a lot of opposition because of the location.
It all hinges on traffic. Whitten needs to be expanded to 6 lanes all the way back to Macon and Shelby Farms Parkway needs to be completed.

That side of the park has pretty much been ruined by the addition of The Kitchen restaurant, all of concrete around Patriot lake, and the giant road running from Walnut Grove all the way to Mullins Station. The great thing about Shelby Farms was how limited vehicle access was; it was just natural. That's gone now. Hopefully the area south of Walnut Grove can remain unmolested.
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Norwegian CEO drops Memphis out there once again.
Edinburgh/Memphis in 2019?

http://www.scotsman.com/news/transpo...isco-1-4477392

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That would be when they get A321LRs from Airbus.

I'm still formulatin my thoughts on the Mud Island thing. I like some of it.

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A lot of cities seem to be moving away from intracity highways. I think the idea of a 6 lane highway--I mean "parkway"-- in this area is fairly regressive and will probably induce demand for even more driving. However this is the issue with density in this location, mass transit seems a difficult concept out here.
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I think the designs look fantastic, this project would introduce modern architecture to an area that may not be completely familiar with it.

But, why spend +$100 million to bring more apartments and a hotel to a neighborhood with no immediate retail. Sure this development could bring economic benefits. In that case why put it here, why not try to put it along North Germantown Pkwy (Wolfchase Area), to me it would really compliment that area and redefine it. Plus there is a particular lot that I see which offers way more space, though they would have to avoid touching a small cemetery.

Better yet, why not cut there funds, build more houses in the area that they want to build these apartments. Then rescale their initial apartment development (making it smaller) and then try to push for another area like The Pinch, Midtown, University District, Crosstown maybe even Medical District. If not those areas they could, completely change the design and go Downtown or East Memphis.

Idk guys but Hickory Hill, Nonconnah and Parkway Village have shown me that apartments don't have a long lasting relationships with neighborhoods for too long.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 10:50 PM
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I will say I agree that MATA should definitely increase and or better their services in the those areas if we're gonna build more dense communities like these. Like the one near Saddle Creek that's proposed or the Thronwood project thats in works.

Now I have a hard time seeing 4-6 story apartment buildings turn a area ghetto over the years. Now I would like to see something like this proposed in Midtown, East Memphis, or South Memphis first before here.

As we can see is that Midtowners are very strict on these type of developments. Just look at what happened to the the development near Sam Cooper. Apartment buildings went from 4-5 story buildings to 2-3 because of historic preservation guidelines with the neighborhood, which I can understand but it could have been taller without it destroying the neighborhood's look.
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Old Posted Jul 25, 2017, 5:38 PM
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I'm not sure these apartments would turn undesirable over time. I agree with the posts above that something like this should be built within the loop-- Nothing like this has ever been done before that way (I'm not sure you would call this Cordova?). It will probably take years to even build 1 phase-- is it going to become a hot area for millennials? Most would be moving towards Midtown or Downtown as the trend has been the past 10 years or so. I think Highland Row has been a great addition to the University area-- we need more of that in the core.

And with the apartments on Sam Cooper-- that is Nimbyism at its finest. I don't see why a 5 story building on what is basically an interstate is going to do to "property values" but it is what it is, I do hope it gets built with what they've scaled it down to.

And, I have not been as much of a hater on the South Junction/Central Station developments as some have been (I actually think it's good that it adds a lot of people to that area and I don't think they're as hideous as some- And I do love Loflin Yard and I see those owners are opening up something else on Carolina as well, hope more people equals even more development that direction)--- BUT-- I wish that more mixed use and something like the Parkside would have gone on the South End. There's still some opportunity to build a neighborhood from scratch with the Pinch, hopefully it's done right.
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Developer Pursues New Cooper-Young Apartment Complex
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Focal Point wants to build a three-story structure fronting Cooper Street with a four-story structure running east and west behind the first building. The complex would offer parking for 21 cars and 25 bicycles.
https://www.memphisdailynews.com/new...-cooper-young/

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Haslam Touts IMPROVE Act At Interchange Opening
By Bill Dries/ Memphis Daily News


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It looked like another day at the Interstate 40-240 interchange Wednesday, July 19, from the roof of a building by the state’s tallest interchange... By 2035, an estimated 350,000 cars a day will use this interchange... TDOT commissioner John Schroer acknowledged that building the interchange, a $109 million project, caused plenty of disruption of Memphis traffic for quite a while, but said the disruption was worth it. “We’ve been driving on it for six months, as have the citizens of Memphis,” Schroer said. Since then, the interchange’s status as the largest road construction project in state history has been eclipsed by state work currently underway on U.S. Highway 72 in Chattanooga. Haslam added that the coming $300 million overhaul of Lamar Avenue north to the Mississippi state line will eclipse that thanks to the recently passed IMPROVE Act that raises the state’s gas tax while lowering other taxes including the sales tax on food.
https://www.memphisdailynews.com/new...hange-opening/

(Daily News/Brandon Dahlberg)

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Old Posted Jul 29, 2017, 5:05 PM
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Memphis losing from Southland Park's Success?

http://www.commercialappeal.com/stor...ica/504383001/

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Nearly 500 cars and trucks are parked in the south and west parking lots. About three quarters of the vehicles by my rough survey bear license tags issued in a single place, Shelby County, Tennessee.
Southland is the only thing West Memphis has going for it right now. Memphis may not be benefiting from Southland, but Crittenden County residents use Memphis hospitals and buy from Memphis stores. While Southland has grown, the city of West Memphis doesn't advertise it nearly as much as they advertise Downtown Memphis. So if Memphis is losing out with Southland, I'm sure the money is being made in a lot of other areas.

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Southland gamblers bet more than $2.7 billion last year...Last year, wagers at the eight remaining [Tunica] casinos totaled $634 million...
This is due to proximity to Memphis. When it comes to the suburbs, West Memphis has the greatest potential, but it hasn't been lived up to. We're called West Memphis for a reason. Back in the day, 8th Street was like a miniature Beale Street, and the land where Pancho's sits used to be a nightclub that hosted famous musicians. None of these things have been marketed enough. Neglecting the east end of the city is the worst mistake West Memphis has ever made. West Memphis is still focused on the Broadway historic district, an area that has no hotels or entertainment.

I feel like something is happening in WM. There was an old Chevy dealership on East Broadway that was abandoned for years and out of the blue, it was torn down. I hope the city is finally implementing a revitalization plan.

Three hotels, a new hospital and the Delta Regional River Park are all coming to WM's east side.
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Southland is the only thing West Memphis has going for it right now. Memphis may not be benefiting from Southland, but Crittenden County residents use Memphis hospitals and buy from Memphis stores. While Southland has grown, the city of West Memphis doesn't advertise it nearly as much as they advertise Downtown Memphis. So if Memphis is losing out with Southland, I'm sure the money is being made in a lot of other areas.



This is due to proximity to Memphis. When it comes to the suburbs, West Memphis has the greatest potential, but it hasn't been lived up to. We're called West Memphis for a reason. Back in the day, 8th Street was like a miniature Beale Street, and the land where Pancho's sits used to be a nightclub that hosted famous musicians. None of these things have been marketed enough. Neglecting the east end of the city is the worst mistake West Memphis has ever made. West Memphis is still focused on the Broadway historic district, an area that has no hotels or entertainment.

I feel like something is happening in WM. There was an old Chevy dealership on East Broadway that was abandoned for years and out of the blue, it was torn down. I hope the city is finally implementing a revitalization plan.

Three hotels, a new hospital and the Delta Regional River Park are all coming to WM's east side.

I've long fancied an idea of building up a series of Manmade Islands on the Arkansas bank across from Memphis. Much of this would be done the same way the built up the roadway and we new way stations. In the area north and east of the train tracks. The resulting lakes done in a fashion that would allow the flow during high water to flow with little effect on the the stabilized islands and to provide the displacement relief associated with those. ONE would be connected to main channel to provide a slack water harbor and marina much like the Wolf River Harbor. All would be lined with trails and park space and to provide activities lime fishing and even leasure activites like jet skis. One would be open for mixed use with an emphasis on office space with some condos, one primarily a 2.0 of Mud Island on the residential side and one to be developed as a tourism driver, hotels,.conference center, theme park, ect, ect, ect. The access would be via the a major upgrade of the exit that allows access to the chemical pant to the south of I-55 and eventually a new interchange on I-40 and it would open up the area north of there to more "islands" Some of which is actually Tennessee land. Heck, I would connect it to downtown Memphis with a potential light rail system using the other side of the old road way that the walking/bike trail uses to cross the river. The parts of land to the west and south of the train tracks would be restored wetland that would be open to naturalists and provide nature walks and observation blinds. Get Ducks Unlimited and Arkansas Game and Fish in on it and build Nature Center on a raised mound. It would be part of the mitigation process. Put the land between the levee and River to use.

As for the race track. They should emulate the Choctaw casino in Durant with a hotel tower that offers views of the Memphis Skyline and the west along with an entertainment district with bowling, movies, restaurants and such and get rid of that Simi yard. The land between it and the new Welcome center should be a golf course, smaller hotels, convention space, the most ideal spot for a outlet center in the mid south along with other stuff. The crappy motel and marina that front southland needs dozed and that area redeveloped for much more attractive gateway to the casino.
Article on this development
http://goodlifefamilymag.com/2016/07...lace-around-2/

Envision this wrapping around turn three of the track offering views of the river and skyline.

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Southland is the only thing West Memphis has going for it right now. Memphis may not be benefiting from Southland, but Crittenden County residents use Memphis hospitals and buy from Memphis stores. While Southland has grown, the city of West Memphis doesn't advertise it nearly as much as they advertise Downtown Memphis. So if Memphis is losing out with Southland, I'm sure the money is being made in a lot of other areas.



This is due to proximity to Memphis. When it comes to the suburbs, West Memphis has the greatest potential, but it hasn't been lived up to. We're called West Memphis for a reason. Back in the day, 8th Street was like a miniature Beale Street, and the land where Pancho's sits used to be a nightclub that hosted famous musicians. None of these things have been marketed enough. Neglecting the east end of the city is the worst mistake West Memphis has ever made. West Memphis is still focused on the Broadway historic district, an area that has no hotels or entertainment.

I feel like something is happening in WM. There was an old Chevy dealership on East Broadway that was abandoned for years and out of the blue, it was torn down. I hope the city is finally implementing a revitalization plan.

Three hotels, a new hospital and the Delta Regional River Park are all coming to WM's east side.


I think it's always been harder to connect in the minds of Memphians due to the river being a natural barrier. After WWII Memphis has grown farther East and South, leaving Downtown mainly empty in the 70's- putting West Memphis seeming even further away in the minds of many than it actually is, where even in the suburbs of N Mississippi you can drive down many different streets for a 30 plus mile span and just easily cross. Due to that it seems that it is more of a different town than a suburb. I think Big River Crossing will hopefully help, along with these park ideas on the East side of West Memphis. I do agree (though I don't know too much about West Memphis) that once you cross either bridge there seems to be a lot of empty land you cross before you even get to the city- there definitely needs to be a way to push development towards the river.

And in regards to what you said about music history--didn't BB King actually get his start at a club in West Memphis rather than Beale Street? Something I read recently after his death I believe but I'm not sure the name/details.
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I've long fancied an idea of building up a series of Manmade Islands on the Arkansas bank across from Memphis. Much of this would be done the same way the built up the roadway and we new way stations. In the area north and east of the train tracks. The resulting lakes done in a fashion that would allow the flow during high water to flow with little effect on the the stabilized islands and to provide the displacement relief associated with those. ONE would be connected to main channel to provide a slack water harbor and marina much like the Wolf River Harbor. All would be lined with trails and park space and to provide activities lime fishing and even leasure activites like jet skis. One would be open for mixed use with an emphasis on office space with some condos, one primarily a 2.0 of Mud Island on the residential side and one to be developed as a tourism driver, hotels,.conference center, theme park, ect, ect, ect. The access would be via the a major upgrade of the exit that allows access to the chemical pant to the south of I-55 and eventually a new interchange on I-40 and it would open up the area north of there to more "islands" Some of which is actually Tennessee land. Heck, I would connect it to downtown Memphis with a potential light rail system using the other side of the old road way that the walking/bike trail uses to cross the river. The parts of land to the west and south of the train tracks would be restored wetland that would be open to naturalists and provide nature walks and observation blinds. Get Ducks Unlimited and Arkansas Game and Fish in on it and build Nature Center on a raised mound. It would be part of the mitigation process. Put the land between the levee and River to use.

As for the race track. They should emulate the Choctaw casino in Durant with a hotel tower that offers views of the Memphis Skyline and the west along with an entertainment district with bowling, movies, restaurants and such and get rid of that Simi yard. The land between it and the new Welcome center should be a golf course, smaller hotels, convention space, the most ideal spot for a outlet center in the mid south along with other stuff. The crappy motel and marina that front southland needs dozed and that area redeveloped for much more attractive gateway to the casino.
Article on this development
http://goodlifefamilymag.com/2016/07...lace-around-2/
The WM flood lands have a lot of potential. I like the idea of actually using the flood lands. In the 1800's before the levee was built, West Memphis was much closer to the river and went by a different name (Hopefield). It kept getting washed out by the river, and eventually they placed West Memphis in its current location. They've been afraid to go near the river ever since. With the right money, the flood plain could be reconstructed to support year round structures. The Memphis/WM area around the river could really become a playground for Ducks Unlimited and Bass Pro. And I really agree with your comments on Southland. It needs to be the centerpiece of WM in my opinion.
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I think it's always been harder to connect in the minds of Memphians due to the river being a natural barrier. After WWII Memphis has grown farther East and South, leaving Downtown mainly empty in the 70's- putting West Memphis seeming even further away in the minds of many than it actually is, where even in the suburbs of N Mississippi you can drive down many different streets for a 30 plus mile span and just easily cross. Due to that it seems that it is more of a different town than a suburb. I think Big River Crossing will hopefully help, along with these park ideas on the East side of West Memphis. I do agree (though I don't know too much about West Memphis) that once you cross either bridge there seems to be a lot of empty land you cross before you even get to the city- there definitely needs to be a way to push development towards the river.

And in regards to what you said about music history--didn't BB King actually get his start at a club in West Memphis rather than Beale Street? Something I read recently after his death I believe but I'm not sure the name/details.
The thing is, West Memphis NEEDS Memphis, but Memphis doesn't need West Memphis lol.

There used to be a radio station in WM in the 40's/50's called KWEM. It was recently revived by ASU Mid South. Anyway, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King and Elvis all had some of their first radio shows in WM using KWEM. Plus, many of them performed at a club called the Plantation Inn. The Plantation Inn has been torn down, but it used to stand where Pancho's currently is on East Broadway. B.B. King was already known in Arkansas before making his big break on Beale. This musical history could big a huge draw for development.
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Edge District developer plans $73 million mixed-use project on Wonder Bread site
Jacob Steimer and Michelle Corbet
Memphis Business Journal 8/1/2017

Was hoping something big would come out of this site.


" would include 286 apartments, as well as more than 150,000 square feet of office and commercial space and a 480-space public parking garage."

https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/...mixed-use.html
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Renovation planned for historic Downtown building

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A historic Downtown building will get a major exterior renovation if the Landmarks Commission approves the plans of the property owner.

The two-story building at 47/49/51 S. Main would receive an extensive exterior renovation if the commission issues a certificate of appropriateness to building owner Nat D. Newburger.
A historic Downtown building will get a major exterior renovation if the Landmarks Commission approves the plans of the property owner. The two-story building at 47/49/51 S. Main would receive an extensive exterior renovation if the commission issues a certificate of appropriateness to building owner Nat D. Newburger.

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