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Arcade Building gets incentives for renovation and expansion of South Main restaurant

Posted on 12/21/2018

The historic Arcade Building in Downtown Memphis will be renovated and its Arcade Restaurant expanded in early 2019.

Renovations of a previously vacant commercial bay will give the restaurant new bathrooms, a lounge area with a liquor bar, a separate coffee bar and about 50 additional seats. The project expands the restaurant's second room, leaving its front room unchanged. 

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Wiseacre expects to bring at least 40 jobs to Downtown with new brewery

Posted on 12/21/2018

The new Wiseacre brewery planned for Downtown cleared a hurdle with the approval of a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive Tuesday morning.

The PILOT will save Wiseacre about 75 percent of its property tax obligation each year the incentive is in place. 

Brett Roler, vice president of planning and development for the Downtown Memphis Commission, said the project will be a boon for the neighborhood. At the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Vance Street, the brewery and taproom is expected to serve as a connection point between the South Main and South City developments.

"We know that local breweries and taprooms can really be catalytic for emerging neighborhoods and help attract people and investment into neighborhoods," Roler said before the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. unanimously approved the PILOT.

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Planned $5.7M urban park gets grants to pick up where Union Row development ends

Posted on 12/21/2018

About one block east of where the massive Union Row development ends near Union Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard, a separate public-private development could pick up, now that two grants worth $700,000 were approved Wednesday.

The development, named The Ravine, is a $5.7 million mixed-use urban park.

Its westernmost point begins near the corner of Madison Avenue and South Lauderdale Street. It would stretch diagonally past High Cotton Brewing Company, include an overpass over Monroe Avenue and continue for one more block to Union Avenue.

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Build Up Not Out

Posted on 12/21/2018

Since the announcement of the proposed $950 million Union Row development, there has been much discussion about what this project means to Memphis and Shelby County. There is no question that an investment of this scale within our urban core signifies momentum. The concept is visionary. The investment is unprecedented. And the access it provides to the neighboring communities is game-changing.

Together with developers, elected officials, and city and county leaders, the Downtown Memphis Commission is building a Memphis that is investible — a Memphis that has momentum and a Downtown for everyone.

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Grand entrance: $950M Union Row proposed for Downtown

Posted on 11/15/2018

The largest mixed-use development in Memphis history goes public this week, promising to transform a haggard Downtown gateway with apartments, stores, restaurants, a hotel, office towers, parking structures, green spaces, even a half-acre park perched over a roadway like a rooftop.

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Postponed: State of Downtown Annual Community Gathering

Posted on 10/1/2018

Out of respect for our community, we have made the decision to postpone our State of Downtown Annual Meeting and Vision Awards set for Wednesday evening. 

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Handy Park Design Challenge - Winners Announced

Posted on 6/29/2018

The Downtown Memphis Commission and Beale Street Management announced four winners in the Handy Park Design Challenge, which sought creative design solutions for the historic Beale Street park.

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'Mighty Lights' Introduces Dual LED Lighting Package to Bookend Memphis Riverfront

Posted on 5/30/2018

Memphis Bridge Lighting Inc., the nonprofit that orchestrated the dynamic Philips LED lighting package on Big River Crossing in October 2016, is proud to introduce Mighty Lights, a nightly attraction that combines the lighting of both the Big River Crossing and soon-to-be re-illuminated Hernando de Soto bridges.

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Open on Main, DMC's Pop Up Retail Strategy, Returns May 2018

Posted on 5/2/2018

Open on Main, the Downtown Memphis Commission’s (DMC) retail activation initiative will, once again, be open for business at two locations beginning May 2018.

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Explore Bike Share Announces Station Locations Ahead of Spring Launch

Posted on 3/28/2018

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit bringing a 60-station, 600-bike bike share system to Memphis this spring, has revealed its station location map and official system brand and website.

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