Two blighted Downtown properties to get lively makeovers

by Michael Waddell for High Ground News

A local developer and an out-of-town investor are launching two separate multimillion projects Downtown.
Tom Intrator of 18 S Main Mem, LLC plans a newly renovated mixed-use retail and office building in the South Main Arts District and Nick Patel of TCH Memphis, LLC plans ground-up construction of a new boutique hotel at the east end of Beale Street.

Recently, both developers received PILOT [Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Tax] approvals from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corporation.

New York-based Intrator, who is financing the $4.7 million project, plans to tear down part of the building at 18 South Main at the east side of the Main Street Mall to make way for a renovated 23,500-square-foot structure with 6,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on the ground floor, shared creative office space on the upper floors and a potential yoga studio and speakeasy in the basement. 

“I would expect that in the coming months we’ll be able to start demo, and the project I would hope would be fully completed within a couple of years,” said Intrator.

Local architecture firm designshop created the floor plans for the new project. Given that the building was last renovated in the 1970s, the initial phase of the construction will involve rehabilitation of the façade and structure.

Intrator began investing in the Memphis market six years ago. Through affiliated entities, he now owns seven multifamily properties with 1,630 total units in Memphis, mostly in East Memphis in Midtown, as well as other holdings outside of Memphis. He also controls an affiliated property management company that manages his Memphis holdings. Outside of Memphis, he owns approximately 2,000 additional multifamily units.

“This new project is the first mixed-use Downtown that we’re doing. After spending more and more time Downtown over the past several years, I started looking at doing some redevelopment,” said Intrator. “We have several more properties which we are working on Downtown, and we’ll announce more about them after [the deals] close.”

The Inn at Beale Street, at 380 Beale Street, is planned to be a five-story boutique hotel with 120 rooms. [click the title heading to read more] ...