MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The developer of a project that will connect Beale Street to the Memphis riverfront gave an update on construction Thursday and responded to complaints about recent construction noise.
Chance Carlisle said he is aware there were noise complaints about the construction on One Beale late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. He said crews executed a massive step in the project’s construction -- a 16,000-square-foot concrete pour.
“I don’t like it when construction’s happening next door to me in my own house, I don’t like it when it’s across town, I don’t like it when I get detoured when they’re doing road work, but you gotta fix potholes, you gotta construct at certain times,” he said. “I am very empathetic for them."
Carlisle said there were 94 construction trucks on site during the overnight hours, hauling 850 yards of concrete. The pour took about 16 hours to complete, beginning after midnight and finishing late Thursday afternoon.
Carlisle said they have all the necessary permits for the construction project, and despite the noise complaints, he said they keep in close contact with their neighbors, letting them know when construction could be disruptive.
“I really do fully appreciate that having construction in the neighborhood, at times, just is annoying," said Carlisle. "Bear with us. Quite frankly, we are very proud of saying Memphis has momentum. And that this is a little bit of that price of momentum. We are clearly disrupting the neighborhood, but we are going to at the end of the day have a first-class, wonderful development. So please just hang in with us and we’ll try to be out of your way. Trust me, no one wants this done faster than I do. But we also want to do it the right way.”
Carlisle estimated a dozen more overnight concrete pours but said none will take as long as the first one.
Carlisle is CEO of Carlisle LLC. He joined community and business leaders in August to break ground on the $150 million project. The development promises six stories of luxury apartments, a fitness center and rooftop pool, plus views of the Mississippi River.
One Beale has been in the works for years. Carlisle’s father, Gene Carlisle, dreamed up the project but died before seeing its completion.
Located at Beale and Front, One Beale will also include the old Ellis Machine shop buildings.
Carlisle said construction is on time and on budget. Hotel construction is expected to be complete in December 2020 with the apartments finishing up in 2021.