$300K in federal money pulled from bike, pedestrian project - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

$300K in federal money pulled from bike, pedestrian project

The Beale Street Landing project is over budget and behind schedule, and there is still no restaurant inside. The Beale Street Landing project is over budget and behind schedule, and there is still no restaurant inside.

(WMC-TV) - More than $300,000 in federal money is being pulled from a riverfront project in the City of Memphis. First awarded in 2000, the money was supposed to help fund a bike and pedestrian system – but emails obtained by Action News 5 show the federal money is gone.

The Beale Street Landing project is over budget and behind schedule, and there is still no restaurant inside.

Critics point the finger at The Riverfront Development Corporation that is under city contract to manage the Mississippi Riverfront.

Riverfront Development Corporation President Benny Lendermon said in a previous interview with Action News 5's Kontji Anthony that the overall cost of Beale Street Landing is $43 million.

Lisa Dunn who works for The state of Tennessee as a transportation planner received an email from Jim Reeder with the RDC in June.

Reeder wrote, "Can you advised on the status of this agreement between the City of Memphis and TDOT to construct the Riverfront bicycle and Pedestrian System."

The grant was for $316,680 and the city was to match with $79,171.

Dunn responded with, "I have had no other recent contact about this project since 2011 ... this project is being closed ... due to inactivity. Sorry for the bad news but this project is very old and there was no movement."

She explained these were federal dollars and the federal highway administration decided to close the project. The city or the RDC could reapply for these funds at a later date.

Click here for a full statement from the RDC.

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