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Johnny Ryall Jun 30, 2010 4:11 PM

Midtown Zoning Plan Draws Public Interest
BILL DRIES | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51020

Johnny Ryall Jun 30, 2010 4:12 PM

Downtown Medical District Seeks Connection
TOM WILEMON | The Daily News


The new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has embraced the effort to inter-connect the Downtown medical district with a cohesive streetscape, common signage and pedestrian-friendly environment.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51019

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editorial_Images/9751.jpg
Pedestrians cross Poplar at Dunlap by the new Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Photo: Lance Murphey

Johnny Ryall Jun 30, 2010 4:12 PM

Bass Pro Deal To Be Announced At 11:30 Press Conference
BILL DRIES | The Daily News


Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has called a press conference at City Hall for 11:30 Wednesday morning to announce a lease agreement between the city and Bass Pro Shops for the reopening of The Pyramid.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51043

Johnny Ryall Jun 30, 2010 6:53 PM

It's official: The Great American Pyramid is reborn.

Bass Pro signs 20-year lease with city of Memphis
Memphis Business Journal - by Andy Ashby


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...8/daily13.html

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...3921-0-0-1.jpg

Johnny Ryall Jul 1, 2010 2:37 AM

Bass Pro Inks Deal to Lease Pyramid
‘Gateway Project’ aims to revitalize Pinch district
BILL DRIES | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51045

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editorial_Images/9754.jpg Daily News File Photo/Lance Murphey

Johnny Ryall Jul 1, 2010 2:37 AM

Coverage from the MBJ with those number$! The Pyramid is paid off 4 times over in the first 15 years and the lease is optional for 55 years. Even if it doesn't quite reach those numbers it will be a complete success for the city.

Bass Pro signs 20-year lease with city of Memphis
Memphis Business Journal - by Andy Ashby


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...8/daily13.html

RKG Associates Inc. projected in 2008 that the project will produce $248 million in tax revenues for city and county governments over 15 years.

arkitekte Jul 1, 2010 5:27 PM

Its good to see something finally being done with the Pyramid...hopefully this can spark interest and some redevelopment in that area.

Johnny Ryall Jul 9, 2010 11:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arkitekte (Post 4897532)
Its good to see something finally being done with the Pyramid...hopefully this can spark interest and some redevelopment in that area.

Thx for positive feedback arkitekte. The city is very excited about this project and it took so long for negotiations to be completed. I almost cannot believe it myself, but Robert Lipscomb has delivered the Great American Pyramid. :cheers:

Johnny Ryall Jul 9, 2010 11:21 PM

Carlisle Corp. Continues Work on New Headquarters

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51108

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...8&maxWidth=250

Johnny Ryall Jul 9, 2010 11:21 PM

Bobbi Gillis Chosen to Lead CCC Board
ANDY MEEK | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51100

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...0&maxWidth=250 Gillis
Photo: Lance Murphey

Johnny Ryall Jul 9, 2010 11:22 PM

Just after the opening of the $120 million Women & Children's Pavillion in Germantown,TN & the $340 million LeBohneur Children's Hospital expansion tower, Methodist Healthcare one of Memphis' healthcare juggernauts will now open yet another $137 million hospital n Olive Branch,MS.

Methodist Clears Hurdle for Olive Branch Hospital
TOM WILEMON | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51167

Johnny Ryall Jul 9, 2010 11:23 PM

Public Meetings To Focus on I-69 Corridor

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria...id=51145#51145

Johnny Ryall Jul 9, 2010 11:26 PM

Realizing Dreams
Projects big and small have Fayette County looking to bright future
ERIC SMITH | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51129

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...1&maxWidth=490
William Adair drives on the site of a $5 million sewer plant that he is giving to the town of Piperton. Adair is owner and developer of Piperton Hills, which will include a new intermodal rail yard and a huge housing development. Photos: Lance Murphey

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...2&maxWidth=490
A crew for WCA Development Co. works on a private heavy industrial road that will link the intermodal rail yard at Piperton Hills to a warehouse area.

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...3&maxWidth=490
Dave Trosper, from left, Joshua Willadsen, Jim Gallagher, Brent Stone and Bruce Doane hold a meeting of the Oakland economic development committee, which helps steer economic development initiatives for Oakland and Fayette County.

Johnny Ryall Jul 10, 2010 2:05 PM

The first project for the West Tennessee Megasite.

Signal Energy to build West Tennessee Solar Farm
Memphis Business Journal


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...5/daily15.html

Johnny Ryall Jul 10, 2010 2:07 PM

Good news to me. I don't know about others, but I'm tired of seeing Walgreens, Rite-Aid & CVS popping up on adjacent corners. Plus, CVS were trying to tear down a historic church for this. I have to agree with Memphis Heritage on this one.

Memphis Land Use Control Board votes against CVS’ Midtown plan
Memphis Business Journal - by Andy Ashby


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...5/daily16.html

Johnny Ryall Jul 10, 2010 2:08 PM

Memphis No. 1 in nation for home price rebound
Memphis Business Journal


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...5/daily14.html

Johnny Ryall Jul 10, 2010 2:09 PM

Pinnacle set to soar with Mesaba aboard
Merger adds revenue, buying power, contract cash flows
Memphis Business Journal - by Andy Ashby


When Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. purchased Mesaba Aviation Inc. for $62 million, it further tied its star to Delta Airlines Inc. while making itself one of the largest regional airline companies in the country.

http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...12/story5.html

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...21-600-0-1.jpg
MBJ FILE ART
Delta puts more stock in Pinnacle with new merger.

Johnny Ryall Jul 10, 2010 2:10 PM

Great news for Millington. They certainly didn't need to take a hit after the devestating floods.

Ingram Micro, after wresting additional tax breaks, decides to stick in Millington
By Tom Bailey Jr.
Memphis Commercial Appeal


http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...l-tax-breaks-/

Johnny Ryall Jul 10, 2010 2:11 PM

The Regional Medical Center Of Memphis (the nation's busiest Level 1 Trauma Center that serves a six state radius) can now make annual deposits in the tens of millions and planning will move forward for the development of a new $330,000,000.00 hospital bed tower which will greatly increase efficiency. God save the Med.

The Med gets $40 million in state and federal funding, more than expected
By Toby Sells
Memphis Commercial Appeal


http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...-funding-more/

http://media.commercialappeal.com/me...9c1a_t607.jpeg
Photo by Nikki Boertman
Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford (standing, left) yields the podium to Dr. Reginald Coopwood, president and CEO of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, during Thursday's news conference where $40 million in funding for the hospital was announced.

arkitekte Jul 12, 2010 5:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny Ryall (Post 4906840)
Thx for positive feedback arkitekte. The city is very excited about this project and it took so long for negotiations to be completed. I almost cannot believe it myself, but Robert Lipscomb has delivered the Great American Pyramid. :cheers:

I actually found some pictures the other day on the internet of the Pyramid under construction...Ill post them when I get a chance.

Johnny Ryall Jul 14, 2010 1:20 AM

Saw this one in the Commercial Appeal

http://media.commercialappeal.com/me...ramid_t607.JPG
Photo by Michael McMullan
1990 - The Pyramid under construction in an April 1990 photograph. One of the community's most praised and criticized projects, it opened November 9, 1991. The $65 million facility drew high marks at the time, but was shuttered for all practical purposes just 13 years later. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band performed what was billed as the building's farewell concert in 2007.

Johnny Ryall Jul 15, 2010 8:54 PM

Bass Pro Pyramid Creates Downtown ‘Gateway’
BILL DRIES | The Daily News


Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has referred to The Pyramid plans as “The Gateway,” the new city name for a project that ties together other recent residential and commercial breakthroughs that stretch from the riverfront to the medical center.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51298

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...7&maxWidth=490
A 55-year lease agreement between the city of Memphis and Bass Pro Shops will transform the empty Pyramid into a signature retail and entertainment location. Businesses in the Pinch District hope to benefit from the transformation of the area. Photos: Lance Murphey

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...8&maxWidth=490

patriotizzy Jul 15, 2010 9:37 PM

I just went through all 17 pages of this thread and it seems to me like Memphis is growing quite a bit. I like the new park next to the river and how the pyramid will come back to life.

I live no where near Memphis but it's good to see that the recession is not affecting that city :)

Johnny Ryall Jul 16, 2010 5:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by patriotizzy (Post 4913716)
I just went through all 17 pages of this thread and it seems to me like Memphis is growing quite a bit. I like the new park next to the river and how the pyramid will come back to life.

I live no where near Memphis but it's good to see that the recession is not affecting that city :)

Thanks for positive feedback, patriotizzy. Memphis has seen a rough & tumble 30 year economic cycle, but we remain a slow growth metro poised for massive future expansion. :cheers:

Johnny Ryall Jul 16, 2010 5:10 PM

Wharton: 55 Miles of Bike Lanes Coming
ANDY MEEK | The Daily News


Wharton’s plans call for new bike lanes and facilities throughout the city, and the first 55 miles especially target South Memphis, Midtown, Downtown and the University of Memphis area. However, it’s only the first step of a bigger investment that will ultimately include many more miles of bike lanes that connect even more of the city.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51400

Johnny Ryall Jul 16, 2010 5:30 PM

Down With Crime
DAN CONAWAY | The Daily News


For January-May of this year compared to that period for 2006, violent crime is down 29 percent in Memphis, down 12 percent in the county. Crime overall is down 30 percent in the city, 21 percent in the county. Murder in Memphis is down 46 percent, 40 percent less of our citizens are being robbed, 45 percent fewer people are having their cars stolen.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51388

Johnny Ryall Jul 16, 2010 5:45 PM

Deep discounts boost condo sales
Potential buyers waiting to sell existing homes
Memphis Business Journal - by Christopher Sheffield


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...19/story1.html

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...7711-0-0-1.jpg
ALAN HOWELL | MBJ
Hobson Realtors agent Mary Jane Fuller in model condo at The Lexington, where she says price cuts were made ‘to get them to a point attractive to a more diverse market.’

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:03 PM

Norfolk Southern Almost Ready To Break Ground
ERIC SMITH | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51489

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:23 PM

Up on the Roof
Madison Hotel offers sunsets, river views and parties on Thursdays
MITCH McCRACKEN | Special to The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51488

Photo: Lance Murphey
http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...57.jpg?id=9857

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:23 PM

CCDC approves office, retail loans
Memphis Business Journal - by Andy Ashby


Downtown could be getting another round of retailers and office users as the Center City Development Corp. approved several incentive applications Wednesday morning.

http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...9/daily12.html

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...6191-0-0-1.jpg
Aldo DeMartino was awarded $65,000 in grants and loans for his New York-style pizzeria slated to open on Main Street.

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:24 PM

Events Company Sparks New Activity Atop Clark Tower
JON W. SPARKS | Special to The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51441

Wade Hartsfield has signed on to manage Tower Room Events, the restaurant and event space on the 33rd floor of the Clark Tower. The company will focus on both corporate and social events in the 20,000-square-foot space. Photo: Lance Murphey
http://memphisdailynews.com/Editorial_Images/9851.jpg

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:25 PM

Mall Boosts Hickory Hill Business Activity
TOM WILEMON | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51439

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:25 PM

Bass Pro outlines plan for Pyramid's development 'like an amusement park'
Walkways will overlook Delta swamp re-creation
By Amos Maki
Memphis Commercial Appeal


http://www.commercialappeal.com/news...n-for-pyramid/

http://media.commercialappeal.com/me...spro_t607.jpeg
O.T. Marshall Architects

Johnny Ryall Jul 22, 2010 3:26 PM

Alright, here's the rest of the new renderings for the Pyramid from the News Channel 3 website. Incredible stuff!

Pictures: Bass Pro

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133626.jpg
View From Above Main Floor looking down

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133628.jpg
First floor. Cyprus swamp covers most of the area with walking areas breaking it up

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133630.jpg
Perspective from floor levels shows person walking through the swamp with an alligator swimming overhead

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133635.jpg
Redeveloped "Pinch District" and entrance to Bass Pro

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133638.jpg
Plans target areas around the Pyramid for redevelopment

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133640.jpg
Waterfalls and other landscaping will surround the exterior of the Pyramid

http://www.wreg.com/media/photo/2010...0-21133642.jpg
Areas surrounding new store

arkitekte Jul 23, 2010 1:51 AM

Everything looks good. The renderings for the redevelopment of the Pinch District also look good. I was hoping they wouldn't stick the Bass Pro logo on the side of the Pyramid though.

Johnny Ryall Jul 23, 2010 1:58 PM

IDB Approves $45 Million For Downtown Hilton
BILL DRIES | The Daily News


A luxury hotel planned for the corner of Linden Avenue and Fourth Street got a big boost this week with the approval of $45 million in taxable revenue bonds from the Industrial Development Board.

The hotel, which will be branded a Hilton, is a key part of the Triangle Noir development plan for the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51550

http://www.downtownmemphis.com/image...oenixhotel.jpg

Johnny Ryall Jul 23, 2010 2:27 PM

Downtown education
Schools, colleges finding unconventional spaces
Memphis Business Journal - by Andy Ashby


Educational institutions are fast becoming the new kids on the block Downtown as unconventional users taking over traditionally commercial spaces.

http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...26/story2.html

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...91-300-0-1.jpg Photo Credit : ALAN HOWELL | MBJ
Memphis College of Art interim president Ken Strickland and Jonathan Welden at building being renovated to handle graduate school classes.

http://assets.bizjournals.com/story_...01-300-0-1.jpg Photo Credit : ALAN HOWELL | MBJ
Tommie Henderson heads up a new charter school focused on law and business in Court Square Center.

arkitekte Jul 23, 2010 3:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny Ryall (Post 4922620)
IDB Approves $45 Million For Downtown Hilton
BILL DRIES | The Daily News


A luxury hotel planned for the corner of Linden Avenue and Fourth Street got a big boost this week with the approval of $45 million in taxable revenue bonds from the Industrial Development Board.

The hotel, which will be branded a Hilton, is a key part of the Triangle Noir development plan for the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51550

http://www.downtownmemphis.com/image...oenixhotel.jpg

Sounds good. Any idea on when construction will start?

The Sofo area has a lot of potential...especially areas around 4th and Vance near Foote Homes. They're are several vacant lots and buildings that need to be redeveloped.

Johnny Ryall Jul 23, 2010 4:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arkitekte (Post 4922733)
Sounds good. Any idea on when construction will start?

The Sofo area has a lot of potential...especially areas around 4th and Vance near Foote Homes. They're are several vacant lots and buildings that need to be redeveloped.

The Royal Phoenix group are currently securing financing. Cleaborne & Foote Homes are about to be demolished (Memphis' last 2 public housing projects). That area won't even be recognizable in 10 years.

Busy Bee Jul 23, 2010 6:01 PM

There's something worrisome about naming a public street 'Bass Pro Blvd' - something soulless and shameless. My old home town of Peoria is also getting a BPS and they are doing the exact same thing with the new street, naming it Bass Pro Blvd. Lame. What ever happened to dignity?

arkitekte Jul 23, 2010 6:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 4922925)
There's something worrisome about naming a public street 'Bass Pro Blvd' - something soulless and shameless. My old home town of Peoria is also getting a BPS and they are doing the exact same thing with the new street, naming it Bass Pro Blvd. Lame. What ever happened to dignity?

I agree with you on that. I think the city is so happy for Bass Pro to pick up the rent on the Pyramid that they're just about going to let anything fly.

Other than some minor things (huge Bass Pro logo on the side, naming the street Bass Pro Blvd.) this is going to be a tremendous improvement to the Pinch District.

Johnny Ryall Jul 23, 2010 7:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 4922925)
There's something worrisome about naming a public street 'Bass Pro Blvd' - something soulless and shameless. My old home town of Peoria is also getting a BPS and they are doing the exact same thing with the new street, naming it Bass Pro Blvd. Lame. What ever happened to dignity?

That's just the entrance driveway to the Pyramid parking lot.

Johnny Ryall Jul 27, 2010 1:00 AM

nexAir’s Next Step
Memphis-based gas distributor shrinks supply chain by building hydrogen plant
Jonathan Devin | Special to The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51580

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...2&maxWidth=490 Photos: Lance Murphey
Plant engineer Troy Goode stands by the $1.5 million hydrogen gas plant that the company invested in to save production and freight costs of buying hydrogen gas from a company in Chattanooga.

Johnny Ryall Jul 27, 2010 1:00 AM

A Sense of Place
How June West and Memphis Heritage Give Historic Preservation a Voice
ERIC SMITH | The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51599

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...4&maxWidth=490
June West of Memphis Heritage says a local developer is working on a plan that would save a large number of the existing properties at Overton Square. West campaigned against a proposed 53,000-square-foot "high-end" grocery grocery store and suburban-style redevelopment that would have demolished the Midtown property. Photos: Lance Murphey

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...5&maxWidth=490
A freestanding wall from Cumberland Presbyterian Church. An outdoor seating area for the restaurant now sits behind the wall of the church.

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...6&maxWidth=490
A freestanding wall from Cumberland Presbyterian Church. An outdoor seating area for the restaurant now sits behind the wall of the church.

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...7&maxWidth=490
June West of Memphis Heritage, Inc., is campaigning to save Union Avenue Methodist Church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, from becoming a CVS pharmacy.

Johnny Ryall Jul 27, 2010 1:12 AM

Not development news, but I've never been one to pass up a shout out for Memphis music. Truly innovative, independent & original. Not corporate & commercial.

‘Holy Grail’ of Recording Uncovered
Mitch McCracken | Special to The Daily News


http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51579

http://memphisdailynews.com/Editoria...0&maxWidth=213
The 1958 Ampex 351 mono tape recorder recently was discovered in a storage room full of recording equipment. It originally was used at Sun Studio. It’s considered the Holy Grail of the music industry. Photo: Mitch McCracken

Johnny Ryall Aug 1, 2010 8:38 PM

North Mississippi is on fire!

Toyota supplier resumes plans for $200M Mississippi plant
Memphis Business Journal


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...6/daily24.html

Johnny Ryall Aug 1, 2010 8:38 PM

Olive Branch Reels in Another Company
ANDY MEEK | The Daily News


Olive Branch will add nearly 1,000 jobs thanks to a trio of major economic development deals involving the creation of new plants and a hospital facility. Even more impressive for the North Mississippi town: the announcements of this impressive job growth came within the span of only a few days last week.

http://memphisdailynews.com/editoria....aspx?id=51768

Johnny Ryall Aug 1, 2010 8:39 PM

Soladigm's new Olive Branch, Miss., plant to employ 300
Memphis Business Journal


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...6/daily22.html

Johnny Ryall Aug 1, 2010 8:39 PM

Methodist wins approval for 100-bed Olive Branch,MS hospital
Memphis Business Journal


http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...6/daily20.html

Johnny Ryall Aug 1, 2010 8:40 PM

Hatchett Hospitality to expand Memphis facility
Memphis Business Journal


Hatchett Hospitality is planning a 3,300-square-foot expansion of its Memphis headquarters that will include a new design center and showroom. When the project is completed, the company will shut down its 2,000-square-foot facility in Bartlett, the current home of the design center and showroom.

http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memph...6/daily23.html


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