Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Overton Square Update

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM

In all the excitement yesterday, this sort of flew under the radar: The City Council passed a resolution requiring council approval for any demolition in Overton Square.

June West of Memphis Heritage says they're not anti-development, but did this because of a lack of communication between the square's non-local owners and developers and area stakeholders.

"Our concern was the lack of communication between the developers and the stakeholders," West said. "We felt a need to do something to bring everyone to the table at an early stage."

The buildings on the south side of Madison at Overton Square are mostly empty, and plans for the space include tearing those down and constructing a more suburban-style shopping area. To read more about that, click here.

"I think most Memphians would like to see those buildings saved in some way. It could be a mix of new and old together, which is fine," West said.

The resolution asked that the Division of Planning and Development issue no permit for demolition in Overton Square without council approval.

West hopes the various groups can work together during the design stage of the development.

"We've found it's easier to work together in the creative stages of the plan," she said.

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