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The Clipper: 8-story office building, 250-room hotel in Downtown Memphis

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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



The developers behind the buildings and the Gibson factory's overhaul are requesting permission from local officials to build a 19-story hotel and 20-story building that includes office space, retailers, and a parking garage. When the project was first announced Feb. 12, the news release listed an eight-story office building and a 250-room hotel of an unspecified height.

New York-based Somera Road Inc. and local developers Billy and Benjamin Orgel recently submitted an application to the Memphis & Shelby County Land Use Control Board, requesting a special use permit and height exception for the two buildings. In the application, the development team says, the hotel will complement the city's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park and the new FedEx Logistics headquarters by doing away with a surface parking lot.

In the 20-story building, the parking garage would sit below the office space and include 1,000 spaces that would be used by both the office tenants and hotel guests. A skybridge would connect the hotel to the garage, according to the application.


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That's not something you hear every day in Memphis! I'd be happy with it in its original form, though. Let's just get it off the ground. This could be a transformative project for that area.

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