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April 29, 2001

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Downtown Memphis is undergoing a building boom with projects like AutoZone Park, Peabody Place, and the Gibson Guitar complex bringing new life to abandoned places.

Next on the priority list for transformation is the Memphis Riverfront.Ê Long considered an underperforming asset, the riverfront is now in the hands of the Riverfront Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization.Ê The RDC now has responsibility for planning, operating, and managing the development of the riverfront.

The RDC is just wrapping up a year-long process to complete a new master plan for the expanse of riverfront that runs from the north tip of Mud Island south to the National Ornamental Metal Museum.Ê The planning process was led by Cooper Robertson & Partners of New York, Civitas of Denver and HR&A of New New York.Ê The final public meetings to unveil the plan take place May 1 at 2 p.m. at AutoZone Park and 6:30 p.m. at First Tennessee Bank Oak Court (just west of Oak Court Building).

What is planned, what will it cost, and why do planners believe that the time is right to begin a major transformation of the Memphis riverfront.

We'll find out on "Smart City" this Sunday, April 29, when our guests will be Benny Lendermon, president of the RDC, and Candace Damon, the lead economic development consultant on the master plan team.Ê

Join us at 9 a.m. CDT on the WKNO-FM stations (90.1, 91.1).Ê Or listen anytime on the Web.Ê Just click on Public Newsroom.

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