Tuesday, September 19, 2017

City Calls Second Public Planning Meeting for the Fairgrounds

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 9:49 AM

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The city is asking for feedback on more than 200 ideas proposed for the Memphis Fairgrounds.

City officials gathered these suggestions for what the 155-acre site could be at the first Fairgrounds public planning meeting last month.

Some of the top suggestions from that meeting include developing an amusement/water park, a retail space, or a sports facility.

Now, the city is again asking for input by way of feedback on these proposed ideas in order to hone in on the viable possibilities.

The meeting is set for 5:00 on Thursday evening at the Kroc Center, at which the city will present some site options, rationales behind those concepts, and how the neighboring communities, including commercial areas could benefit from the projects. There will also be discussion on the Mid-South Coliseum's role, if any, in the developments at the Fairgrounds.

Apart from the meeting, the public can give feedback at various locations in the nearby neighborhoods, like the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market in Orange Mound.

This feedback, as well as suggestions gathered from the Thursday meeting will be considered as the city produces its final recommendation ahead of the final public meeting in November.

From there, the city will submit those redevelopment recommendations to the state in order to be approved for a Tourism Development Zone, allowing tax increases to pay for the project.

Mayor Jim Strickland has said he hopes the city will have a plan ready to submit to the city council and state by the year's end.

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