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Concerns raised about Riverfront Landing Project design

Riverfront Development Corporation President Benny Lendermon talks about what the complete project will look like. Riverfront Development Corporation President Benny Lendermon talks about what the complete project will look like.
The current view of the Riverfront Landing, much less colorful than the finished product is expected to be. The current view of the Riverfront Landing, much less colorful than the finished product is expected to be.

(WMC-TV) – There are new complaints surfacing about the Riverfront Landing Project.

Some concerns brought up include money issues, time management issues and now, a Memphis organization claims there are design flaws.

The controversy is over an elevator shaft that will take people to the grassy area on top of Beale Street Landing.

Critics say it is going to be too big and bright and will take away from the river's natural beauty. Designers say it is art.

The elevator shaft looks small on the model, it will actually be large and once the work on it is done, it will be very bright.

The plans changed after the initial design to make it handicap accessible.

The architect decided to take an artsy, contemporary-looking approach. They took a picture of the sun setting on the Mississippi river, pixilated it and will put all of the colors on panels that will line the elevator shaft and continue down into the lobby. However, the group "Friends for our Riverfront" does not approve. It claims the color and size do not blend with the view.

"When the project is completed and the panels are put around the elevator shaft and people look at the building and they know what's going on, people will think it's the coolest, greatest feature of the site," said Riverfront Development Corporation President Benny Lendermon.

Like most designs, only time will tell if that is true. The Riverfront Development Corporation said the elevator shaft has already been approved. The color panels are being shipped and in a matter of months, they will replace all scaffolding.

Some people welcome the new color and design.

"I think some color. It will be nice to have some art. Something that you can look at," said Porsha Bonds.

Friends of our Riverfront were not able to be reached for comment, but this topic has been a hot topic on its website since June 3.

The Riverfront Development Corporation said it has been a part of the approved plan since 2006.

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