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Lowery says he'll use 90 days in mayor's seat to move city forward

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - When Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's resignation takes effect on July 10, city council chairman Myron Lowery will step in as interim mayor. 

He says he intends to use his 90 days in office to the fullest, moving forward with plans for the Pyramid Arena and the Fairgrounds.

His first project, he says, will focus on the vacant Downtown landmark that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars over the last five years.
    
For three years now, Bass Pro has talked about moving into the Pyramid.

"I want to take a good, hard look at Bass Pro and where we are, so I can meet the principals in this transaction," said Lowery.

He also plans to move forward with the Fairgrounds deal. The 168 acres of prime Midtown real estate is slated to become a family sports zone and retail area, but the deal has stalled under a multi-ownership tug-of-war.

"It has been delayed. I want to get that off center and move that forward, as well," Lowery said.

But he says his top priority is to name a new chief administrative officer for the city.

"I will make an announcement on a CAO as soon as possible after I'm sworn in," he said.

He's also clear about what he won't do as interim mayor.

"There will be no 50-year contracts signed by Mayor Myron Lowery, who will only be serving as mayor for 90 days," he said in reference to Beale Street, where ownership of the entertainment district is under a 52-year contract.

The election commission will proceed with a special election in 90 days, and Lowery says he will be on the ballot.  

 

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