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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: New apartments at the U of M

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Scrap metal, bricks and bulldozers have hit the ground at Southern and Brister in Memphis, ripping down the old, abandoned Lynn Doyle Flowers building.

Owner Michael Doyle said graffiti artists covered his building with their markings and broke every window in the years since his family's flower business moved east.

When neighbors in the University District would complain, Doyle and his family would return to paint over the mess and try to keep squatters out. 

Now demolition crews have made way for a new apartment complex, eliminating what many considered a big eyesore.

"The first floor will have some retail on it," Doyle said. "There will be parking below the apartments, and it's going to be a pretty good sized building."

In fact, two stories of underground parking, topped by four stories of one, two and three bedroom apartments will be built on the site next year.

"We actually had a party out there the other day as the wrecking ball struck it for the first time," Doyle said.

According to Doyle, like the florists who have worked for his family for generations, builders will create something beautiful across from the University of Memphis.

"It's going to take an eyesore and turn it into something really magnificent," he said.

And, Doyle added, the new apartment complex will comply with the new design plan for the University District recently approved by the city council.

Doyle said the new apartment complex will have 125 units, with a grand total of 232 bedrooms and 232 parking spaces.

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