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James Owen

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  1. This planned infill development is located a block west of Overton Square and right across from the dairy plant on Madison. New apartments, retail proposed next to Overton Square By Tom Bailey, The Daily Memphian https://dailymemphian.com/section/neighborhoodsmidtown/article/14565/new-apartments-retail-proposed-next-to-overton Building 1 facing Madison Avenue at Diana Street (Rendering courtesy of Archimania) Building 2 facing South Morrison Street (Rendering courtesy of Archimania) Site plan (Image courtesy of Archimania)
  2. Granted, it's a compromise plan done to satisfy all sides, but I think MRPP's latest concept does a good job at "connecting the dots" along the riverfront better than the original. Now if only there was some actual movement regarding the future of Mud Island.
  3. No. That closed along with the old Benchmark Hotel, and will not be coming back. That and the pizza place that also occupied the ground level of the hotel.
  4. An update on the planned apartment building across from the Fairgrounds: Developer proposes apartments next to Fairgrounds, designed by LRK By Tom Bailey, The Daily Memphian Rendering courtesy of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects
  5. The removal of the clock tower at Civic Center Plaza is the first sign of that progress getting started. A shame they couldn't keep the whole thing in tact and relocate it though.
  6. The current Econo Lodge (former LaQuinta Inn/Red Roof Inn/Quality Inn) is slated for demolition later this year pending LUCB approval. A new dual-branded Marriott will be going up in its place. Dual-branded hotel proposed for Union/I-240 By Tom Bailey, The Daily Memphian https://dailymemphian.com/section/business/article/13680/new-hotels-proposed-for-union-i240 Image courtesy of Kings Court LLC/Pickering Firm
  7. At the moment, they are still in the demo phase, clearing land ahead of construction. No actual word yet on when buildings will start to go up.
  8. Hey @Memphis4ever, if you have a chance, could you provide an update on the Aloft project (conversion of the Tenoke Building into a hotel) and how far along the redevelopment is going?
  9. Looking at the design of the Alumni Center, I have a few questions: Is the building all or mostly glass? Will there be shading to address sunlight concerns? Is that a rooftop deck on the structure? Are there going to be any interior renderings in addition to the exterior? How will they address the displacement of the visitor parking spaces? Will there be a parking deck or a new surface lot constructed?
  10. Looks like Millington is next on the mixed-use development front. 103-acre, mixed-use development proposed for Millington By Tom Bailey, The Daily Memphian https://dailymemphian.com/section/business/article/11678/103-acre-mixed-use-development-proposed-for Image courtesy of Millington IDB/Tom Marsh Image courtesy of Millington IDB/Tom Marsh
  11. Granted, it's on a 76-seat aircraft initially. If the demand for the Boston flight grows, a larger plane will be necessary.
  12. The Hyatt Centric at One Beale is expected to be 4-star once it's completed later this year/early next year along with the Aloft Hotel (interior/exterior conversion of the old Tenoke Building), and there are a few other high-end boutique developments in the pipeline over the next couple of years including the proposed Dream Hotel on Main (currently a Royal Furniture store) and a second unnamed One Beale hotel (on top of the former William C. Ellis Machine Shop) among others. Plus, the current DoubleTree downtown is set to undergo a massive renovation later this year to become a full-service hotel as part of Marriott's Autograph Collection.
  13. That is Southland Casino in West Memphis, which is currently undergoing a major expansion that includes a 20-story hotel and a new gaming floor. I think this project in particular needs to be placed in its own separate thread.
  14. Originally, the developer wanted to build a Homewood Suites in that spot, but put those plans on hold a couple of years ago because of other projects he was doing at the time. I think a design similar to this Home2 Suites in Kansas City would be ideal for the area: https://sunflowerkc.com/our-projects/hilton-home2-suites/
  15. No disagreement on that. The outside of the Sheration needs some kind of re-skinning in order to not stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to the convention center once renovations are done later this year. Heck, paint the whole thing a light gray or ivory color rather than leave it as is, and it would look way better than it does now. As for the 300-room additon, Schulte had pitched those plans before when they approached the city about incentives (which ultimately led to the litigation fight they had with the city and with Loews). At the time, they wanted to build a JW Marriott on the green space to complement a renovated Sheraton. With the land itself set to no longer be under city ownership following an agreed settlement between the parties, Schulte can do whatever they believe is best for the property they have, even though that's still years down the road. BTW, in regards to your suggestion on doing a Founders' Park, the Fourth Bluff (formerly Confederate Park) along Front Street would be a more suited space for that idea.
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