Wednesday, August 20, 2008

City Gets State Grant to Beautify Graceland Area

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that the state will provide a Tennessee Roadscapes Grant in the amount of $76,396 to the city of Memphis to assist with improvements to an important gateway in the city.

"The development of well-planned landscaping programs create inviting surroundings that boost local economies and improve the quality of life for citizens,” said Bredesen. "It's important to create welcoming places for people to live and work and to build a sense of pride in one’s community."

The city of Memphis Roadscapes project includes establishing an entryway to the Whitehaven neighborhood, to be located at the intersection of Elvis Presley Boulevard and Brooks Road. The area is a gateway to Graceland and the new Memphis Visitor Center. Landscaping will include native trees lining the road and a small stone wall to replicate an existing one in front of the Visitor Center.

The Tennessee Roadscapes initiative was developed in 2006 as a partnership between community organizations across the state and TDOT to create inviting spaces through an integrated approach to roadside landscaping. TDOT funds 80 percent of the cost of a project with the grant recipient contributing the remaining 20 percent. Grants are derived from federal funds that are specifically earmarked for roadway enhancement projects.

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