120 apartments proposed near Overton Park

120 apartments proposed near Overton Park

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A stretch of Poplar Avenue running along Overton Park could soon look very different.

Plans were released Wednesday to bring 120 apartments to a piece of Midtown property.

These buildings are owned by the Memphis College of Art, but a developer has its eye on growing them.

These properties will no longer house Memphis College of Art students, but very soon it could house anyone who wants Overton Park to be their front yard.

A developer is proposing demolishing these buildings and building a six story, 120-unit apartment building with ground level parking for more than 130 vehicles.

“If that's what they want to do I feel like it would be best, and it pretty much makes the neighborhood look more better,” said student Chundria Pulliam.

Pulliam is an illustration major with the Memphis College Art, which plans to close its doors for good in 2020.

Plans to sell off property like these residential housing buildings on Poplar between Rembert and Tucker Street will go to paying off the school's debt.

According to public records, the art school plans to vacate these buildings by 2019. Poplar Arts Lofts has agreed to purchase them if their application with the city is approved.

The apartment building would include a pool, executive business center, fitness room and rooftop terrace.

Pulliam hopes it includes something else.

“Yeah, but I feel like, the whole vibe of being an artist will still stay here because Midtown has always been an art community,” Pulliam said.

It's still unclear what will happen to Rust Hall, the building in Overton Park that houses the Memphis College of Art.

Consultants have been brought in to decide what’s best for the park.

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