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New controversy over Bass Pro Shops' building design at The Pyramid

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As Bass Pro Shops' opening day in The Pyramid approaches, some Pinch District business owners are beginning to wonder when, or if, the pedestrian bridge will materialize.
 
When Bass Pro Shops originally presented its plans to the Memphis Downtown Commission's Design Review
Board, it included a new pedestrian bridge on the east side of the building that would link the renovated Pyramid to the Pinch District.
 
The pedestrian bridge was a condition of design approval by the review board.
 
This is a second blow for the neighborhood with regards to Bass Pro Shops' designs.
 
In 2013, seismic issues prompted Bass Pro to change the location of its front entrance.
 
The front entrance was supposed to face east toward the Pinch District, but higher seismic requirements forced the entrance to face south instead.
 
As business owners worry that visitors to the mega superstore and tourist attraction will have no connectivity to Front Street without the pedestrian bridge, the city is working on a Pinch District redevelopment plan.
 
This week, Bass Pro Shops moved their opening date from May 1 to April 29.

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