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    South Main is taking off!

     

    Businesses and people are investing in South Main more than ever before.  In fact, there are more than $200 million worth of new projects planned or underway in this 1-square-mile neighborhood!  Perhaps because it has a rare authentic, creative vibe.  Maybe it's the remarkable architectural assets.  It might be it's proximity to the core of Downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River.  Whatever the reason, South Main is poised for thoughtful growth. Here's what is in the works:

     
    HOTEL CHISCA RENOVATION PROJECT, $27 million
    This 100-year old building which takes up a city block has been vacant and blighted for decades.  Construction is now  underway to convert the historic hotel into 159 apartments with ground floor restaurant and retail space.  
     
     
    TENNESSEE BREWERY AND THE WASH HOUSE, $28 million
    This $28 million project includes the renovation of the historic 125-year old Tennessee Brewery into 58 apartments with commercial space on the bottom, and construction of a 4-story adjoining building, to be called The Wash House, that will include 90 apartments.  A 349-space parking garage is planned for the vacant lot across the street.
     
     
    MAIN TO MAIN MULTIMODAL CONNECTOR PROJECT, $30 million
    Downtown Memphis received a $15 million federal transportation matching grant ($15 million coming from other sources) that will make infrastructure improvements along Main Street from Uptown through South Main.  These improvements will include new sidewalks, streets, plantings, and other hardscape improvements.  Improvements to South Main are expected to begin in January 2014.  The project also includes transforming the Harahan Bridge into a bike and pedestrian path over the Mississippi River.
     
     
    NEW HORIZON PROJECT, $28-$33 million
    Completion of construction of a 16-story condominium tower that previously went into foreclosure.  When complete, the upscale complex will include 155 units, restaurant, and high end amenities that cater to the residents.  The project also includes a 250-space garage.
     
     
    ARCHIMANIA MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT, $1.7 million
    South Main architecture firm, archimania, will be moving down the street to their new development project which currently sits in a vacant lot on the southwest corner of South Main and Carolina.  The project will include their new 5,000-sf office, 6 apartments and 20 parking spaces.  The firm intends for the project to be a model of energy efficiency and will install public art, outdoor gardens and a performance area for small concerts and shows.
     
     
    266 MEMPHIS LOFTS, $17.8 million
    3-building project that will include 145 residential units in two of the buildings and a restaurant, bar and commercial space in the other building.  The three buildings will be connected by a shared courtyard.  Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2015.
     
     
    ORPHEUM PERFORMANCE AND LEADERSHIP CENTRE, $12 million
    This new state of the art facility will be built in the parking lot just south of The Orpheum and allow The Orpheum to grow its current list of 19 performing arts programs to over 30 and increase participation by students and families to more than 100,000 each year.  
     
     
    722 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, $10+ million
    Construction of five, 4-story buildings in vacant block at Carolina and Riverside that will include residential and retail.
     
     
    SOUTH MAIN ARTSPACE LOFTS, $13 million
    South Main Artspace Lofts, an adaptive reuse of the former United Warehouse, will offer 44 live/work spaces, as well as 28,000 SF of commercial and community space that includes 6 work studios, performance, gallery, and event space, as well as an outdoor arts garden. 
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    BLUES HALL OF FAME, $3.5 million
    Spearheaded by the Blues Foundation, this effort will put the Blues Hall of Fame rightfully in Memphis.  The spaces would be a part of the Blues Foundation's current location at 421 South Main in the 7,700-sf basement.  Target date to open will be in mid-2014 and is expected to draw 20,000-30,000 people in its first year.
     
     
    OLD DOMINICK DISTILLERY, $5 million
    Rehab of 1920's 54,000-sf warehouse into a distillery and tasting room.  Developers expect for the tasting room to be open in fall of 2015.
     
     
    PRINTERS ALLEY APARTMENTS, $3 million
    Printer’s Alley Lofts include a revamping of the 24,600-square-foot existing structure for 20 loft-style apartments and erecting a three-story building on its parking lot for nine townhome-style units, retail space and 17 secured parking spaces.
     
     
    SOUTH MAIN JUNCTION APARTMENTS, $26 million
    Construction is complete on some phases and underway on others on this 281-unit apartment community between Carolina and Florida Streets. 
     
     
    CRESCENT BLUFF APARTMENTS PHASE 2, $10 million
    Construction of 172 affordable apartments on Crump between Main and Virginia.
     
     
    NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM RENOVATION, $27 million
    National Civil Rights Museum recently completed its renovation and expansion to add more interactive technology, exhibits, enlarged auditorium and event space, new lobby entrance and educational components.  Construction is complete.
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