Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Hotel Planned for Pinch

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM

click to enlarge Proposed site plan for a new, four-story hotel on Front Street. - FRONT STREET GROUP LLC
  • Front Street Group LLC
  • Proposed site plan for a new, four-story hotel on Front Street.

The starting pistol has been fired on the race to redevelop The Pinch District.

A Memphis company wants to build a four-story, 108-room hotel on Front Street between Jackson and Overton, just across the street from Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Front Street Group LLC issued a zoning request to the Land Use Control Board for an extended-stay hotel.

The hotel will not be hourly rate, the request says. Room prices will range from $189 to $225 per night or $1,100 to $1,300 per week.

The planned site for the hotel is now zoned for mixed use, meaning a mix of retail, office, and residential space. The company is trying to get the land zoned for use as a hotel. The lot is now a surface parking lot.

The plan for the hotel, which was not named in the documents, shows it will be built right up the edge of Front Street with a split-level parking garage built in back. The brick building will “resemble the brick of the Redbirds stadium” and the “awnings will reflect similar designs on Front Street,” according to the request.

“To the contrary of damaging any significant historic, natural, or scenic feature, we hope the hotel will encourage visitors to enjoy and value the historic Pinch District as well as the nearby Mississippi River and its parks,” the document said.

The request for the hotel will be heard on Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m. at Memphis City Hall.

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