MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation

MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation ServiceMaster wanted to open an innovation center partly for “self-serving” reasons, the company’s chief information officer said during a panel discussion Thursday, June 15, that marked the inaugural event in ServiceMaster’s new innovation space the “Ground Floor.” The company, CIO Jamie Smith said, had actually looked at launching such a space even before the company knew it would be bringing its corporate headquarters Downtown. Ground Floor will serve as a startup accelerator, co-working space and small events center. “We know we need to innovate, as ServiceMaster, to really stay relevant – we don’t … Continue reading MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation

MDN: Wunderlich Securities Moving Downtown

MDN: Wunderlich Securities Moving Downtown Wunderlich Securities Inc. is preparing to move its corporate headquarters from East Memphis, where the investment firm employs 110 people, to Downtown’s One Commerce Square. … The firm, he added, is in the late stages of negotiating a lease for at least 12 years at One Commerce, where the firm is looking at occupying the 16th and 18th floors. Wunderlich, which was founded in 1996, has been headquartered at 6000 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis for more than a decade, and about 100 employees appear set to make the move Downtown in time to start … Continue reading MDN: Wunderlich Securities Moving Downtown

Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon

Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon Last year an anonymous donor gave $12 million to the city to upgrade the lights on the Harahan Bridge and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. While the Harahan has been lit for some time, the “new bridge,” or the “M bridge” may get its turn soon. An application was submitted this week to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board for the project. Details are below but feast thine eyes on what engineers at Phillips have planned. If you want more details, here’s the project summary submitted to the DRB this week: “Project … Continue reading Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon

Choose901: “RiverPlay” Pop-Up Park Opening at Memphis Riverfront

Choose901: “RiverPlay” Pop-Up Park Opening at Memphis Riverfront RiverPlay will have a variety of features including playing fields, basketball courts, a skating rink, and an area for Memphis’s best food trucks. At this new downtown hotspot in Memphis you will be able to rent roller skates, check out basketballs, ping pong paddles, chess pieces and other games for kids and adults. There will also be different programs you can participate in like yoga, fitness boot camps, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, theatre, live music and more. RiverPlay is a place for anyone and everyone who wants to get out and be active or for … Continue reading Choose901: “RiverPlay” Pop-Up Park Opening at Memphis Riverfront

MDN: Summer Pop-Up Park Planned for Riverfront

MDN: Summer Pop-Up Park Planned for Riverfront Following the popularity of this past winter’s Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, organizers announced they will launch a new temporary public gathering and recreation space at Mississippi River Park this summer. Dubbed RiverPlay, the vernal pop-up park will run from early May through August, with installation set to begin April 22 when portions of Riverside Drive will close for the Memphis In May events at Tom Lee Park. “Memphis has the best natural riverfront in the country, and it is important that find ways to make the most out of every square inch of … Continue reading MDN: Summer Pop-Up Park Planned for Riverfront

MBJ: Pop-up park Downtown will have skating rink, basketball courts, food trucks

MBJ: Pop-up park Downtown will have skating rink, basketball courts, food trucks A “pop-up park” is headed to the Mighty Mississippi’s Fourth Bluff. RiverPlay — a temporary public space and recreation area — will make its debut at the Mississippi River Park in early May. The City of Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies, Riverfront Development Corp. and the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) are partners on the project. “Memphis has the best natural riverfront in the country, and it is important to find ways to make the most out of every square inch of these remarkable public spaces,” said Memphis Mayor Jim … Continue reading MBJ: Pop-up park Downtown will have skating rink, basketball courts, food trucks

CA: Hotel would push Beale development eastward

CA: Hotel would push Beale development eastward Beale Street entertainment district’s development would extend eastward with a proposed six-story, 101-room hotel. A Vib by Best Western is proposed for 404 Beale, east of Fourth and across Beale from Robert Church Park. Amit Patel and Kamiesh Patel have applied to the Land Use Control Board for a special use permit. The L-shaped development on about two, vacant acres would extend north from Beale to Gayoso. The proposed hotel has 40 yards of frontage on Beale be oriented perpendicular to the famous street. The 75 yards of frontage on Gayoso would be dominated by … Continue reading CA: Hotel would push Beale development eastward

Fast Company Magazine: The Big Business Of Bridge Lights

Fast Company Magazine: The Big Business Of Bridge Lights [New York and London are following cities like Memphis and San Francisco and installing LED lighting displays along their river crossings. And it’s not for aesthetics alone: The projects are driving significant economic investment.] Stretching nearly one mile across the Mississippi River between Memphis and Arkansas, the Harahan Bridge is a defining part of the Delta landscape. But until last October, the bridge was inaccessible except for the two rail lines that crossed it. Since the Big River Crossing–a bike and pedestrian path that spans the entire length of the bridge–opened in … Continue reading Fast Company Magazine: The Big Business Of Bridge Lights

MDN: Knoxville Hotel Group Buys Land Across From AutoZone Park

MDN: Knoxville Hotel Group Buys Land Across From AutoZone Park Vision Hospitality Group, a Knoxville-based hotel company, just purchased a vacant parcel of land across from AutoZone Park – possibly paving the way for a new Downtown hotel just blocks from Beale Street. Nitinkumar B. Patel, Sandip Patel and Anita Patel sold the land, which formerly housed a Greyhound bus station, to Vision Hospitality, acting as Vison Memphis LLC, for $4 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds on March 24. The purchase includes two adjacent tracts of land: a 1.3-acre lot at … Continue reading MDN: Knoxville Hotel Group Buys Land Across From AutoZone Park

MBJ: Bike lanes could be coming back to Riverside Drive

MBJ: Bike lanes could be coming back to Riverside Drive Despite increased bike and pedestrian traffic from the Big River Crossing project, vehicles are still speeding down Riverside Drive. The city plans to slow them down by reintroducing bike lanes. … In a statement, bikeway and pedestrian program manager for the City of Memphis Nicholas Oyler said, “Nearly two years since the pilot project was conducted, demand for access to the riverfront has increased via the Harahan Bridge and other new attractions. Yet, drivers on average are still traveling at 10 or more miles per hour greater than the posted … Continue reading MBJ: Bike lanes could be coming back to Riverside Drive