Washington Bottoms demolition to proceed

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After many news stories, blog posts and neighborhood protests, Mayor Wharton, on Thursday, announced that demolition of the abandoned apartment buildings and houses in the Washington Bottoms area would proceed with haste.

Washington bottoms apartment building

One of many dilapidated buildings in the area

Briefly, this large piece of Midtown property, roughly bounded by Poplar on the north, Cleveland on the west, McNeil on the east and Court on the south, was purchased by developers with fabulous plans of revitalizing the area with a big box store (Target.  Target?), other retail, and some nice housing.  The developer WSG knocked down a few structures, then abanonded the remaining buildings to vandals, neglect and fire.  WSG defaulted on their loan and was foreclosed by mortgage holder, Lehman Brothers, also in financial trouble, who erected a shabby fence around the property and continued the neglect.  More details in Bianca Phillips’ story in the Flyer.

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Track hoe ready to get to work

Today the gates bear the sign of  Memphis Wrecking Company.  We will be watching the progress of the demolition and restoration of the property.  Hopefully we will see a nice green space until developers make their next move.

  • Demolition begins at site of failed 28-acre Midtown Memphis development (commercialappeal.com)
  • Another Midtown abandoned-building fire causes major damage (commercialappeal.com)
  • Abandoned Midtown buildings to be demolished in area plagued by arson (commercialappeal.com)
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