Crosstown Concourse breaks ground

Crosstown Concourse breaks ground

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One of the largest abandoned buildings in Memphis is getting a brand new look.

Hundreds gathered Saturday for the ground breaking of the Crosstown Concourse, which will take the place of the Sears Crosstown building.

The buildings first groundbreaking happened 88 years ago to the day, in 1927.

The refurbished building will house part of St. Jude, Church Health Center, and A Step Ahead Foundation.

Many involved in the celebration said they have a special connection to the building.

"For me, I spent a lot of time in the building myself while it was at its lowest point," said Sean Murphy, band leader of the Mighty Souls Brass Band. "So, to see it turn around, see some life being breathed into the building, it's a really magical thing."

Murphy says he was able to record an album inside the building while it was abandoned.

The Mighty Souls Brass Band performed live music after the ground breaking ceremony.

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