The Land Use Control Board has given the green light to a vision 40 years in the making by Gene Carlisle, the late founder and chairman of Carlisle Corp., which will forever change the Memphis skyline.
During the public hearing portion of the Land Use Control Board meeting Thursday, 20 people turned in comment cards to be given an opportunity to speak on behalf of One Beale, with only two in support.
Chase Carlisle, vice president and director of real estate development, said One Beale was his father’s dream for 40 years, but he wanted to build it for the city because he knew the project was bigger than him.
Chase said the Carlisles have spent a lot of time over the past few years saving historic buildings such as the Chisca Hotel and Tennessee Brewery but want the city to have a true “statement piece” to show the world how Memphis is growing.
“We want to present something that is not only game-changing to the skyline, but the economy as well,” he said.
Carlisle Corp. was granted unanimous approval to build a 30-story apartment tower and a 22-story luxury hotel with meeting and convention space, a lounge or performance hall, a restaurant, spa, retail space and underground parking.
Despite public concern, the development was also granted unanimous approval to close a pedestrian right-of-way on Linden Avenue that connects Wagner Placeto the trolley line and bluff walk. The right-of-way acts as handicap accessible access to the trolley and bluff walk. Carlisle Corp. plans to build part of the 30-story apartment tower over the pedestrian access, and create an alternative route to the trolley and bluff walk on Beale Street.
Note: HBG is architect and designer of the One Beale project.