Massive Fairgrounds Project Finally Moving Forward

Massive Fairgrounds Project Finally Moving Forward

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said ten years later, it is finally time to move ahead with a massive project at the old fairgrounds property.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said ten years later, it is finally time to move ahead with a massive project at the old fairgrounds property.

A committee came up with an idea for shops, hotels, and housing more than a decade ago.

But the fairgrounds plan has been sitting on the shelf while the liberty bowl got a much needed make over.

You could have a hotel or two, houses, apartments, athletic fields, and people. Lots of people.

All of this would not cost Memphis property owners a dime extra in taxes.

The mayor wants to make the fairgrounds into a place where people live and work and play.

Of course they'll still have Tiger Lane and the Liberty Bowl. The Liberty Bowl not being in compliance with the ADA was keeping the city from getting the area labeled a tourism development zone.

“We could not go up and ask for a tourism development zone designation until we were sure we'd be able to use the stadium. Well we had the ADA, it was not in compliance with handicap laws,” mayor AC Wharton said.

It's all fixed up now and if the state lets Memphis keep the sales tax money in the area, it will all be built without raising taxes.

If the state allows for a tourism development zone, the city council will have to approve the deal.
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