MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – If you’ve ever struggled to find a parking spot in downtown Memphis, your fight is about to be over.
A huge multi-storey transport hub is being built in the heart of the city. When completed, it will have hundreds of parking spaces. And that’s not all.
Attended a show at the Orpheum and parked right in front in the flat lot? This is where the Mobility Center grows. There’s a massive crane on the construction site that’s hard to miss, a welcome sign of more progress in an already booming downtown Memphis.
David Jamison likes to live downtown, but doesn’t like looking for a parking spot. He predicts that the new mobility hub will be a real game-changer.
“Man, it’s needed,” Jamison told Action News 5, “It was about time. Downtown is growing a lot and I think that would definitely be something monumental for the city of Memphis.”
Paul Young, president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission, said the mobility hub will provide 960 parking spaces, some with electric charging stations.
“So that provides a key opportunity for parking spaces,” Young said, “and it unlocks development activity. It allows our employers to add employees. So that’s really key to our revitalizing the downtown.
Young said there will be 11,000 square feet of retail space, a commuter bike station where you can store or rent a bike, and covered drop-off areas for Uber and Lyft riders.
William Richmond has lived downtown for a decade. He is excited to visit the Mobility Center when it is complete and agreed that it would be much more convenient for visitors to park and go to the renovated Tom Lee Park or to a Grizz game or hang out on Tennessee’s most famous street.
“They’re close to everything,” he said, “like Beale Street is right there, and then you have the center right there, so that’s good. I think it’s going to be beautiful!”
DMC’s Young said the $40 million mobility center is funded by a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) extension rent fund managed by the DMC.
The general contractor is Flintco, the same company that built FedExForum, Hyatt Centric at One Beale and Guesthouse at Graceland. The architect is Memphis-based Looney Ricks Kiss.
“Minority participation is really high,” Young told Action News 5, “They’re about 40% participation on the minority side, so we’re really excited about all the inclusion this project brings.” The Downtown Mobility Center, a modern multimodal transportation hub, is poised to become the next jewel in the crown of downtown Memphis.
“Certainly for people who come and visit and just try to hang out downtown, I think it’s gonna be awesome,” David Jamison said, “it’s gonna be really awesome!” The DMC said the expected completion date was August 2023.
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