Crosstown Concourse Construction Update 

Construction workers have removed 45 million pounds of concrete from the old Sears Crosstown headquarters. For comparison, that's equal to 100 Statues of Liberty.

They've also taken out 22 million pounds of rebar, scrap metal, and steel. And they're currently working on installing 3,200 sections of windows. The roof installation is almost complete, and several large light wells have been cut into the center of the building to allow natural light to flood into the once-cavernous space. The residential apartments on the upper floors are being framed out.

After eight months of construction, the future Crosstown Concourse is well on its way to becoming the "vertical urban village" its developers envision.

Crosstown Concourse will serve as the new headquarters for the Church Health Center (CHC), Memphis Teacher Residency, and Gestalt Community Schools. It will also house office space for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, ALSAC, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Southern College of Optometry, City Leadership, and others.

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Crosstown Arts will operate gallery space and arts programs inside the building. And the building will house 270 apartments, many of which will be reserved for the doctors, educators, and artists-in-residence who will work in the building.

The bottom floor will be home to Kimbal Musk's The Kitchen Next Door restaurant and other retail. Todd Richardson, co-leader of the Crosstown Development Team, said they're now turning their attention to leasing 60,000 square feet of retail space.

"We'd love to have two or three more restaurants. We need a coffee shop and bakery, and we need to have a pharmacy," Richardson said. "We need a retail store with supplies for the artists, students, and other people who live and work in the building. The goal with the retail is to serve the 3,000 people who will be coming and going from the building every day."

The Church Health Center led a hard-hat tour of their portion of the building last week. They'll be consolidating their entire operation, including their Church Health Center Wellness facility on Union, into the Crosstown building. Currently, the CHC operates out of 13 buildings.

The CHC's main space will occupy the second floor of the Crosstown building. The wellness center will be located along one wall of that floor, with exercise equipment lined up near the windows for natural light.

The CHC will also inhabit some of the first floor and have some office spaces on the third floor. The move will allow the CHC to increase their square footage from 120,600 to 149,000 feet.

"All of this space that was abandoned when Sears closed down will be coming back to life," CHC Executive Director Scott Morris told those on the tour.

Richardson said construction has remained on-schedule, and they're still counting on an early 2017 opening. Currently, there are around 400 to 500 workers there each day, but that number will soon double.

"In January, we will be able to turn over tenant spaces for their internal build-out," Richardson said. "Once that starts, we will have between 800 and 1,000 people on-site each day."

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