Community where Officer Bolton was killed seeks revitalization - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Community where Officer Bolton was killed seeks revitalization

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One month after Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton was killed, the neighborhood he loved protecting and serving is coming together to reshape their community’s image.

After the murder, many Parkway Village neighbors were on edge, worried about what might happen next.

“Some of the neighbors who saw what happened have been wondering, will it happen again,” Barbara Becton said.

Becton is a citizen policy academy graduation and community volunteer who lives around the corner from where Officer Sean Bolton was shot and killed.

She said the tragedy struck a chord with many neighbors who wanted to take back the community. It started with forming a neighborhood watch.

“We’re right off the interstate and so they see us before they see anyone else,” Becton said.

But she isn’t the only one looking to change the Perkins road area off I-240.

“I’m able to see what it can be, and I feel very strongly about the neighborhood,” said Rick Raffanti, Real Estate Manager for CBRE.

Raffanti grew up in the area and says he is working to get businesses back in this area of Memphis.

“What I saw was opportunity and potential. I could see it coming back. Everything kind of hit a bottom and now it’s coming back, and I see redevelopment and reinterest,” Raffanti said.

He said the redevelopment begins with the changes already made in the form of more than $8 million in property investments and improvements like the Crowne Plaza Hotel, purchased in November 2014.

“The owners invested in this area because they think it’s up and coming. It has got a lot of potential,” said Steve Book, General Manager of Crown Plaza Hotel

The ultimate goal is revitalizing this part of Memphis, making it more walkable and connected to the rest of the city.

It’s an idea Becton will gladly support after years of working to do the same.

“I believe this will be a good start to build up this community with businesses, because we have need for it and the people to supply to keep business up,” Becton said.

Becton said the first neighborhood watch meeting is set for this Saturday at the community center.

Anyone interested in property near Parkway Village can contact Rick Raffanti at 901-260-1146.

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