A minority-led group has plans for a roughly $50 million mixed-use development in the Pinch District. Members of Blues Note LLC told MBJ that the group intends to develop the Blues Note Hotel — a 100-room property — at 463 N. Front St., as well as a 40-unit high-rise condominium.
The North Front Street property is situated within walking distance of the Pyramid. MBJ reported on May 11, that Ashaif Enterprises purchased the property at 463 N. Front St. for $715,000, according to a transaction filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.
The Blues Note Hotel, aimed at being an independently owned and operated entertainment and destination property, proposes an array of amenities, including:
- 100 guest rooms
- 40 condos with floor-to-ceiling glass and patios
- Retail and office space
- Steakhouse restaurant
- Coffee shop
- Lobby bar and live music stage
- Conference and meeting space, with a ballroom
- Custom soundproof music studio
- Spa and salon
- Workout facility
- Rooftop guitar shape hotel pool with stage and lounge
- Private condo pool with lounge
- Custom trolley station
- Parking garage with valet
Bill McCrary, principal developer and project manager for Blues Note, didn’t give a timeline on when he expected construction to begin or when it would be completed.
While due diligence has been done, Blues Note is still in discussion with city planning department officials on details such as as building layout, McCrary said.
He indicated that, once completed, the Blues Note Hotel would have about 100 employees.
“We are going to have [an] above-average pay rate or way above the pay rate of what hotels are normally paying employees,” he said.
McCrary said the Memphis project would be the first of what they envision as a similar concept coming to other cities.
“What better place to kick off a hotel, condos, and mixed-use [brand] called Blues Note [than] in Memphis? And the beginning of a national franchise; we are in talks with cities like New Orleans, Miami, and Detroit for a Blues Note,” he said.
With the condos, Reginald Fentress, Blues Note’s development coordinator, said the City of Memphis will also benefit.
“They are going to generate revenue to the city tax base every year, which is a win to the city,” Fentress said.
According to McCrary, the $50 million price tag on the project could increase, based on a high level of infrastructure for the building. The group is working with local, state, and federal officials to build above the existing Trolley track,” McCrary said.