The city of Memphis is looking to breathe new life into the old Melrose High School building.
The building has stood empty in orange mound for about 40 years. The community has repeatedly demanded the city do something.
This week Mayor Jim Strickland announced the city will “re-active” the building next month or a series of events. The city hopes the attention will attract potential developers.
The events will take place at the school October 26th through the 28th.
Some of Memphis’ best recent revitalizations started with temporary activations — think Tennessee Brewery and Crosstown Concourse.
We’ve decided to do it again. Details to come, but on Oct. 26-28, we’ll be opening the historic Melrose High building for a weekend of festivities. pic.twitter.com/wq9PFjB39c— Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) September 6, 2018
Melrose means so much to Orange Mound, to alumni all across Memphis and the nation, and to all of the @CityOfMemphis. But its former building has been vacant for some 40 years.— Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) September 6, 2018
Our team, particularly HCD Director Paul Young, and Councilwoman @JESwearengen have been hard at work with neighbors over the past year to find a great outcome for this community anchor. We all decided that a temporary activation like could help propel this forward.— Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) September 6, 2018