The Local I-Team uncovered the most vocal opponent of the Memphis 3.0 plan doesn’t even live in Memphis.
Dr. Carnita Atwater has made enough noise about the city’s long-term planning guide that city council has delayed approving the plan for at least 30 days
Atwater may be all over the news strongly opposing Memphis 3.0, but what she often leaves out of her comments when likening the plan to genocide is that she lives in Germantown. Atwater lives in a $ 400,000 home on Mulkins Lane.
“I live in Germantown and my home where I grew up at is 1098 Firestone,” said Atwater.
Atwater says while she lives in Germantown, her heart is in New Chicago, which is why she wants the city to adopt her revitalization plan. Atwater also wants the city to donate or sell 22 acres of land to her, and even help her finance an expansive redevelopment plan.
The plan not only includes housing for seniors and veterans but a five-star resort that will offer a variety of African-made soaps, and llama and alpaca rides. She also wants to build the New Chicago Adventure Park with thrill rides and live shows.
There will be an African village that include replicas of mud huts, the swan lake boating adventure park, zip lining, and an RV park.
Atwater went to all the Memphis 3.0 community meetings and is upset her plan isn’t included.
“She put some of the suggestions I had in there, but when it came to funding, none of those was put in there when it came to integrating the New Chicago revitalization plan, that was not integrated into the Memphis 3.0,” said Atwater.
“Overall, it’s a great plan. We made every effort over the last two years to engage as many people as possible,” said Roshun Austin with the Urban Land Institute.
Austin worked on Memphis 3.0.
“I’m a little disappointed, well I’m a lot disappointed, in the 3.0 plan being held up and I think it’s really just a lack of understanding of what a plan really is,” said Austin.
Austin says long-range urban plans are essentially a road map or guide for the future.
As for Atwater, she is threatening to sue the city if the current 3.0 plan is adopted.
The Local I-Team also learned there’s a $2 million judgement against Atwater in probate court. Turns out, she worked as a caregiver for a woman who has since passed away, and wrote checks to herself from the woman’s estate. A judge ordered the money be paid back.