Future Of The 19th Century Club Remains Cloudy

Future Of The 19th Century Club Remains Cloudy

The future of the old 19th Century Club in Midtown Memphis remains as smoggy as a code orange day in Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The future of the old 19th Century Club in Midtown Memphis remains as smoggy as a code orange day in Memphis.

The club's board sold the property for just over half a million dollars.

But some say the sale was illegal.

Now they want the state attorney general to stop everything until they get a court hearing.

Meanwhile, Monday was a big deadline day for those wanting to save the old house.

A Jonesboro couple bought it from the board of directors of the 19th Century Club.

They want to tear the building down and build a strip mall.

Some of that money was donated to the Children’s Museum.

The trouble is, a few club members who weren't on the board say they would have sold it to somebody who wanted to keep the building.

The court fight required raising $50,000 in bond money. The money had to be promised because of the delays for legal fighting.

“That may cost them some money, the delay, so if we end up losing and the demolishing can continue, the owners can say, we wanted to demolish it in August, we had to wait until september. That cost us $10,000 in expenses,” Commissioner Steve Mulroy said.

Mulroy wants a court to order the Children’s Museum to leave the donated money alone until the legal battles are over.

“If we lose they get to keep all of their money. If we win, and we have another sale, the proceeds of that sale will still go to the Children’s Museum. It may not be the exact amount but either way the museum is going to get a big wad of cash,” Mulroy said.

The Children’s museum folks aren't real happy with Steve Mulroy these days.

Former Memphis Mayor Dick Hackett is the chief executive officer there, and he says his group will make their positions known in a court room and not in the streets.
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