We've started the first phase of this project with Co-Motion Studio in Crosstown. We opened in December and are building an awesome community in motion. Come by and visit us! www.comotionmemphis.com/
GREAT idea!! Simply great!
I've been exploring various vacant spaces and areas of town to get an idea of demographics in the area to find the right location, and I could use some input from the community. The area needs to have the following:
* a mixed level of incomes (people with disposable income who can support the services on their own plus people who could qualify for reduced/no cost services).
* a diverse population that includes sufficient amounts of the following target audiences: single parents, youth, students, seniors, young urban professionals.
* sufficient parking and ease of access so people from other communities will make it a destination, but also walkability to encourage visitors to explore the surrounding area.
* a variety of vacant buildings/lots that community incubator businesses could eventually expand into.
Looking for feedback on these locations - any preferences or concerns?
* South Main/Front
* South Forum
* Pinch District
* Downtown core
* Broad Ave.
I just toured the New Orleans Healing Center this past weekend and spoke with those involved in its development, and it's even more incredible than I remembered from when it first opened. I'm now completely convinced this is what downtown Memphis needs, and today I found the perfect spot for it in South Forum. And now to write a business plan, find developers and investors to support it, and the current property owner...
Great idea Chloe. The Healing Center in New Orleans was a very complex development project, but it is a real asset for the community--and the business owners that lease space there.