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James Owen

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  1. I applaud the owners of Slim & Husky on their expansion into the Bluff City. They recently opened a couple of locations in the Atlanta area, and I think they're branching out to other cities as well in the future.
  2. Copy and pasting from what I had already posted in the Loews thread. Townhouse has decided to pursue converting 100 North Main into a full-service hotel (separate from the one Loews has pitched for Civic Center Plaza) on its own and under a different hotel flag. City could choose between 100 N. Main and Loews for convention center hotel By Jacob Steimer and Samuel Hardiman – Memphis Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2019/04/05/city-could-choose-between-100-n-main-and-loews-for.html?iana=hpmvp_memp_news_headline (Source: Townhouse Management Co. / Architect P.C.)
  3. As of today, Loews and Townhouse are pursuing separate proposals for a convention center hotel along North Main. The Loews proposal has not changed. City could choose between 100 N. Main and Loews for convention center hotel By Jacob Steimer and Samuel Hardiman – Memphis Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2019/04/05/city-could-choose-between-100-n-main-and-loews-for.html?iana=hpmvp_memp_news_headline
  4. There's word today that the development could become larger than initially proposed, according to MBJ. Clipper developer seeks height exception, special use permit Jacob Steimer Staff Reporter, Memphis Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/..._news_headline
  5. I never understood why they would even sue to keep the Loews hotel project from happening. If the owners of the Sheraton are that concerned about competition, they should put their money where their mouths are and actually invest in making substantial improvements to their hotel property.
  6. Looks like the scope of One Beale is about to get bigger according to the Commercial Appeal: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/money/business/development/2016/11/17/downtown-site-buy-opens-way-one-beale-tower/94035582/ Downtown site purchase opens way for One Beale tower Tom Bailey and Ted Evanoff, The Commercial Appeal Developers planning the One Beale high-rise project in Downtown Memphis have bought an adjoining site, opening way for their apartment, office and hotel plan to proceed. A unit of Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. purchased Wm. C. Ellis & Sons buildings and land at 245 and 275 S. Front for a combined $3.5 million, according to the website of Register of Deeds Tom Leatherwood. One Beale was proposed early last year as a 30-story apartment tower and adjacent hotel on the Downtown river bluff at Beale south of Front Street. But the project was delayed as the developers sought a way to incorporate a parking garage into the plan. Purchasing the Ellis property nearly doubles the riverfront footage for the project and expands the footprint to nearly 6 acres, allowing the designers to develop a master plan for the property, Carlisle said. The Ellis property would accommodate the garage, which could be surrounded by apartments, Carlisle said. Modified plans will be presented for approval to city officials.
  7. Looks like the One Beale project is back on, but with a new look altogether: Commercial Appeal article with latest rendering (Subscription required): http://www.commercialappeal.com/business/carlisle-corp-unveils-plans-for-300-room-hotel-downtown Memphis Business Journal article: http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2015/02/03/is-hotel-plan-coming-back-to-one-beale-project.html Memphis Daily News: http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2015/feb/4/two-towers-return-for-one-beale-project/
  8. Ground was broken for the new hotel today; however, the grand opening has been pushed back until Fall of next year. Updated aerial view: There is even a page up on the Graceland website now with details on The Guest House at Graceland, including a video of what the rooms will look like once finished. http://www.graceland.com/visit/guesthouse.aspx
  9. A new website is online that details the history as well as redevelopment plans for the French Fort neighborhood near Downtown Memphis just south of the I-55, Frisco, and Harahan Bridges. http://frenchfort.net The proposed Master Plan for the area includes the redevelopment of the old Marine Hospital as well as new mixed-use, residential and hotel opportunities totaling $150 million. The entire project is tentative with proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district designation along with TDOT's reconstruction of the I-55 & Crump Boulevard interchange that will include new roundabout access to the neighborhood via an extension of Alston Avenue. Memphis Daily News story: http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2014/jul/22/french-fort-plan-calls-for-150-million-development/
  10. I posted this at SkyscraperPage, and thought I would share it here as well. Elvis Presley Enterprises is building a new 450-room hotel right next to the Graceland mansion, which is tentatively being called The Guesthouse at Graceland. New details about the project were released tonight, including the following: - The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $70 million (all privately funded with no public money) - The hotel will be 6 stories tall, with all 450 rooms spread across three wings - The design is similar to the mansion itself with gabled roofs, brickwork, and fencing - Plans include a restaurant, sports lounge, meeting space, and a performance theater - Elvis-themed suites will occupy the top floor of each wing - The new hotel will replace the Heartbreak Hotel, which will close and be demolished upon completion Site work is expected to start in June with an official groundbreaking slated for this coming August during Elvis Week. The developers hope to have the new hotel open by August of next year if everything goes as planned. Images (from WHBQ website) WHBQ story: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/25...#axzz31qPQByna
  11. I liked using that same carwash as well until I started going to Cameron Express on White Bridge, but this new development makes better use of the property than what was already there, IMO. Good to see some new infill development on that end of Charlotte.
  12. Don't tell me you've been living under a rock all this time to not know professional leagues like MLS and NASL exist. Converting Greer into a soccer stadium wouldn't be a bad idea at all. Look at Portland when they got an expansion team in the Timbers. They converted their old baseball stadium into use as a soccer venue.
  13. It was Rite Aid who wanted to build a new pharmacy on that site, as there was already a CVS and a Walgreens about a mile west of the old church and funeral home properties.
  14. Lexus of Nashville is building a new dealership at MetroCenter. The "coming soon" signs went up the other day along Rosa Parks Blvd., so expect construction to begin soon after years of delay.
  15. That's interesting news. Most likely, Marriott will group the Gaylord hotels with its Vacation Club Collection properties: http://www.marriottvacationclub.com/vacation-resorts/marriott-vacation-club-collection.shtml
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