The Uptown community covers 100 city blocks stretching roughly from the Mississippi River east to Ayers, and from Poplar Avenue north to Chelsea Avenue. Uptown includes some of Memphis’ oldest neighborhoods such as Greenlaw, the first planned “suburban” community in Memphis.
Uptown is just north of the downtown and historic Pinch neighborhoods in Memphis. The Wolf River and Mighty Mississippi are on the western side of the neighborhood; St. Jude Children's Reseach Hospital and The Pyramid (soon to be reopened as a 220,000 square foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World) anchor the redevelopment area to the South.
The Uptown Memphis is the concerted public-private revitalization between downtown pioneers Jack Belz and Henry Turley as master developers and the City of Memphis. Part of a forward thinking national trend to build neighborhoods that are walkable, planned to contain a diverse range of housing and to reduce urban sprawl and traffic, Uptown contains historic restoration, new and ecologically built construction for energy efficiency, improved streetscapes and quality architecture.
Kicking off with a HOPE VI Grant of $35m which was awarded to the former Hurt Village public housing site in 1999, the redevelopment of Uptown was expanded into a neighborhood revitalization initiative that has seen over $150m invested in public and private improvements.
Currently, public improvements continue to be funded through the Tax Increments Financing (TIF) revenue trust fund as part of the Community Redevelopment Agency Plan for Uptown. Goals of the plan include the removal of slum and blight conditions, the provision of safe and affordable housing, and improvements to public spaces and infrastructure for the betterment of the neighborhood and its residents.
The Uptown Memphis development features a wide variety of homes and prices. Timeless designs combined with modern features are ecologically sound and economically smart.
All new homes built in the Uptown area must conform to the neighborhood design guidelines which promote community interaction and an attractive streetscape.
To date, 268 new homes have been constructed in Uptown. Plans for new homes and special financing programs are underway in 2012 and wlll bring renewed activity and investment to the area.
Initiatives and programs include:
* New public infrastructure including street lights, trees, streets, alleys, sidewalks and curbs.
* New and improved parks and public green spaces.
* Programs for rehabilitation of existing structures through the area in order to preserve the neighborhood fabric, including historic properties, commercial properties and owner-occupied single-family homes.
* Assistance for community institutions and organizations committed to community support services to achieve resident self-sufficiency including schools, non-profits and educational facilities.
* Public safety education and transportation programs.
The Uptown Partnership, a Belz-Turley Community Development Company.
Alexandra Mobley Zinn
65 Union Avenue, Suite 1200
Memphis TN 38103
Community Support Partners:
Uptown Memphis is a collaborative effort between the Master Developer, the City of Memphis and Shelby County governmental agencies, and the neighborhood's residents and businesses.
Some of our Community Support Partners include:
Downtown Presbyterian Church
First Alliance Bank
First Tennessee Bank
Holy Community Church
KIPP Diamond Academy
Memphis College Prep School
Memphis City Schools
Neighborhood Christian Center
North Memphis CDC
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
and many others.