Last Word: Colonial's New Plan, the Overton Square Hotel and American Way

Last Word: Colonial's New Plan, the Overton Square Hotel and American Way

And we are at that point of the post-county election period where those who leave office next month are announcing what’s next. This will soon start to blend with transition announcements for the incoming office holders. Shelby County commissioner Terry Roland is the new director of the Millington Chamber of Commerce

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Overton Square Hotel Slated to Open in 2020

Overton Square Hotel Slated to Open in 2020

Plans for a boutique hotel in Overton Square moved forward Monday, after developers submitted the plans to the Office of Planning and Development.

Developed by Loeb Properties in partnership with LRC2 Properties and MMI Hotel Group, the hotel is slated for what’s currently a 1.3 acre parking lot to the north of Hattiloo Theater.

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With Loeb mural collaboration, art class is in session at Overton Square

With Loeb mural collaboration, art class is in session at Overton Square

Bob Loeb was flipping through the pages of Memphis magazine when he saw a piece of art he had to have. It wasn't a gallery piece, but a mural created by local elementary school students using recycled plastic bottle caps.

The article led to the latest educational collaboration between Loeb Properties Inc. and Shady Grove Elementary.

Loeb orchestrated a trade in which students would create a bottle cap mural for Overton Square in exchange for an educational field trip in which 75 fifth-graders received an art lesson from The Art Project, lunch from Belly Acres and a guided public art tour.

The serendipitous way in which Shady Grove Elementary found itself partnering with Overton Square is a microcosm of Memphis itself, said school principal Kiersten Schnacke.

"That really and truly is what our world should be about — people coming together," Schnacke said. "Through those connections, our students were able to have an amazing experience."

Like Memphis, Shady Grove is a diverse public school with a mix of races and incomes. Five of the school's buses are dedicated to transporting students from a nearby apartment complex.

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Explore Bike Share Announces Locations for First 60 Stations

Explore Bike Share Announces Locations for First 60 Stations

The locations of the first 60 stations for the bike-share system launching here in the spring were announced Wednesday by Explore Bike Share (EBS). 

The stations span from Uptown and Crosstown to Overton Square and Cooper-Young to Downtown and South Memphis. (See all 60 locations at the bottom of the page.)

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Memphis bike-share program announces prices, station map

Memphis bike-share program announces prices, station map

Explore Bike Share will stock 600 bikes at 60 stations across Memphis and West Memphis. The locations include Downtown, South Memphis, Cooper-Young, Orange Mound, Overton Square and Crosstown and were determined based on criteria including solar power accessibility, density, proximity to other transit options, neighborhood usage and suggestions from Memphians.

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The 9:01: Explore Bike Share reveals Memphis station locations

The 9:01: Explore Bike Share reveals Memphis station locations

There will be stations at major community destinations: Tom Lee Park, AutoZone Park, FedExForum, Memphis Zoo, Stax Museum, Crosstown Concourse, Overton Park, National Civil Rights Museum, Big River Crossing.

There will be stations at some smaller private businesses and community anchors: Memphis Made Brewery, two Midtown Kroger stores, Loflin Yard, Lamar Shopping Center, South Memphis Farmers Market.

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