Thursday, July 23, 2009

Overton Square Public Meeting

If anyone is free on Friday, July 24, 2009, the below meeting would be a good place to voice support for bicycle lanes along Cooper Street. It is important that as developers once again look to invest money in the urban core, the residents help shape the development to maintain the character, desires, and long-term sustainability of the neighborhood.

If you can't make it, feel free to email Chooch ( and express your support for bike lanes connecting Cooper-Young to Overton Square and onward to Overton Park.

Overton Square
Public Meeting
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The Memphis Regional Design Center
in conjunction with
Memphis Heritage and AIA Memphis
invites you to join us for a
Public Input Meeting/ Mini Design Charrette for Overton Square
Date: Friday, July 24, 2009
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
9:00 am Tour Location: SW Corner of Madison & Cooper
10:00 Public Meeting Location: Memphis Heritage, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison Avenue at Edgewood
The MRDC, MHI and AIA Memphis are interested in your input about the future of Overton Square. The current owners (Fisher Capital) and potential developers (AWG and Sooner Investment Realty) are still not responding to requests for more information on their plans or our suggestion of working with us to determine a solution that is acceptable to the community. The assumed plans are to demolish the south side of Madison Avenue between Florence and Cooper and place a big box retail center on the southwest end of the existing parking lot with its back to Sidestreet, the Magnolia Room and Mr. Lincoln's. This is not a sustainable solution to the site.
The MRDC's mission is to increase vitality and economic stability by promoting excellence in urban design and planning. It is important that the community comes together to share their ideas of how we'd like Overton Square to return to a sustainable walkable destination in the heart of Memphis.
The day will begin with a tour of the neighborhood and a brief presentation on the history of Overton Square. The rest of the day will consist of hearing suggestions from you from a consumer point of view as well as a design point of view. These ideas would culminate in a series of site plans and perhaps an image board or character renderings depicting the desired public realm. This may include options of saving the buildings (or portions of them) as well as options for new buildings on the site. Plans generated from the meeting will be shared with the community and the owners/developers.
The tour will begin at 9:00 am at the SW corner of Madison and Cooper. The Public Meeting will be held at Memphis Heritage immediately after the tour at approximately 10:00am. If you can't make it for the entire day, fell free to drop in and out at any time.
Please RSVP as lunch will be provided. Donations for the cost of lunch are appreciated.
Please email RSVP to:
Charles "Chooch" Pickard, AIA
Executive Director/Chief Design Officer
Memphis Regional Design Center
Please forward this email to as many people you know who may have concerns about Overton Square and encourage them to sign up for the MRDC mailing list at the top right of this email!
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