Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meeting Thursday about Possible Tear-downs in Midtown

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

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There will be a meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Snowden School to discuss the city's plans to possibly tear down some houses in the Evergreen Historic District because of flooding problems.

The district's newsletter says "The City of Memphis Engineering approached EHDA late last week with potential plans to tear down houses in the middle of Evergreen. The city may be proposing this to solve some flash flooding issues that have happened prior to storm water improvements on Overton Park Avenue."

This is a hot-button issue with Midtowners and Evergreeners in particular who still remember the houses that were torn down more than 40 years ago for the aborted Interstate 40 leg through Overton Park and Midtown.

Among those who are supposed to be at the meeting are Mayor A C Wharton Jr., and City Council members Jim Strickland, Kemp Conrad, Shea Flinn, and Reid Hedgepeth, along with the Lick Creek Storm Water Coalition.

Quoting from the newsletter, "It is EHDA's belief that the resolution to this problem is not tearing down historic homes in the middle of our neighborhood, but actually addressing the infrastructure problems in the neighborhood as well as the influx of water from upstream which is the source. If you would like to hear the city's plans or voice your opinion, please show up at tonight's meeting."

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