Last month at our club meeting County Commissioner Steve Basar mentioned his interest in fixing up the Crosstown area. He mentioned that $20 million was already on hand to start it.
That area of Midtown used to be a busy and active place. However, urban decay has taken its toll.
The Crosstown Development Project has brought about and they say “Our vision is to preserve and redevelop the historic Sears Crosstown building in Memphis, TN, as a mixed-used vertical urban village – a purposeful collective of uses and partners. People will be living and working, learning and teaching, healing and growing well, creating and recreating, shopping and eating, like a really great neighborhood. Common areas, shared spaces, exhibition spaces and ongoing events and programming – the day-to-day creative and social ‘friction’ – will integrate and elevate the mutual well-being of tenants, residents, and the visiting public.
“An active Crosstown building will serve as an anchor and catalyst to the revitalization and economic development of the surrounding neighborhood and the city. In turn, a newly vibrant Crosstown community, located at the nexus of Midtown, Downtown, and the Medical District, will provide cohesion for the center city of Memphis.”
The group has drafted a letter to Mayor Wharton and the City Council asking them to get behind this project.
If you are interested, you can find out more information about it and sign up here:http://www.crosstowncollaborative.com.
They say your name will be displayed on their online support page and shared with local leaders, “but your email address and mobile phone number will be kept strictly confidential. Your contact information will be used to provide you with Crosstown updates and action requests but will not be shared with any outside parties.”