What is BuildDowntown
BuildDowntown is a master plan to help determine how Downtown Memphis will grow, evolve, and improve over the next 10 years.
What will Downtown Memphis look like in 2030? How can we invest wisely to best serve the needs of not only Downtown residents, but all Memphians and our neighbors across the Mid-South? How do we connect our major assets and increase economic opportunity and diversity?
Key focus areas include:
- Housing a diverse population
- Mobility – getting to and traveling within Downtown
- Job creation and entrepreneurship
- Safety and place management
- Parks and public space
- Filling the spaces in between here and there
- Culture and entertainment for tourists and residents alike
- Beautification and civic pride
BuildDowntown Focus Area
The study area is the entire 6.5-square-mile Central Business Improvement District (CBID). The CBID is generally bound by the Wolf River on the north, Crump Boulevard on the south, the Mississippi River on the west, and Danny Thomas Boulevard on the east, with an extension between Poplar Avenue and Dr. M.L. King Boulevard eastward to Watkins Street to include the Medical District.
Relationship to Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan
BuildDowntown was developed with Memphis 3.0 and built on the data and groundwork already laid during the citywide planning process. Project staff from both plans communicated and coordinated efforts on a regular basis. BuildDowntown provides a common understanding of both where Downtown Memphis is today and what it wants to become tomorrow.
We aim to have BuildDowntown adopted by the City of Memphis as a sub-component of Memphis 3.0.
Related Plans and Resources
Feedback Period Ended July 10, 2020
Draft plan below.