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  1. Katrina
    Aug 08, 2015 @ 13:40:59

    I like your plan well most of it. Video looks like good concepts. F them haters on channel 5 they can’t even spell your name right!

  2. Seth Khokhar
    Aug 08, 2015 @ 00:10:10

    I think TDOT should do the project! I hope they can build these projected buildings! I support you 100 percent! When people come from 1-55 into Memphis, they think, “Oh My! What a rundown city!” It is truly unfair! I love these kinds of projects! It not only helps use look better, but also help with the economy! Please, do this project!

  3. lauren
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 12:15:03

    The idea is to improve the quality of life for those who live there now & in the future. The area is in the path of progress & is soon to attract new development whether we are the ones or not. The question is- what type of development? We are proposing to come up a with a comprehensive plan that will help protect the property values, clean up blight & create revenue for our community.
    Please feel free to contact me directly & I will be glad to share the positives versus the negatives of a well thought out comprehensive plan rather than a possible piece-mill one…
    Thanks, Lauren

  4. Stacey Wesley
    Jun 26, 2015 @ 03:16:46

    I’ve always known about the area because my mother worked nearby when I was younger. I work downtown. I love the park and I sometimes go there to relax. One thing I’ve always noticed is the sense of community. The residents are proud and dedicated. They can be seen walking and making sure the park (a city park) is clean and presentable. I hope that you are keeping this in mind. While the city has failed to improve the area, these people appear to have maintained their community with pride despite the declining economy. I can’t help but feel that your plan would ultimately uproot them. If so, I find this quite disrespectful. I would understand if they are not supportive. You may see it as standing in the way of progress. They live there. Like others have stated, there are many abandoned projects. It is great to improve a community. The people who are already invested should be able to afford it.

  5. lauren
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 21:39:56

    In deed- one of the most historic areas in the South.
    The Metal Museum is a beautiful place with wonderful art works & if you have not visited your really missing out on one of Memphis best destinations….

  6. John Ferguson
    Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:16:36

    I would like to buy tickets

  7. Chris Parish
    Jun 11, 2015 @ 16:46:05

    I became aware of this area in the late 80’s because my Army Reserve unit used the hospital for training. There is a lot of history there. The redevelopment plan sounds great.
    Also, for anyone that hasn’t made a trip to the Metal Museum, I would recommend going to an event there or taking a tour.

  8. lauren
    May 05, 2015 @ 11:50:26

    Planning tour & party hopefully with late June.
    Send email to be sure your added to guest list…

    • tabitha goddard
      May 06, 2015 @ 13:16:20

      What is your email again thx

  9. tabitha goddard
    May 04, 2015 @ 17:24:33

    I am interested in taking a tour in the old marine hospital thx

  10. Rachel Canaday Burkett
    Apr 29, 2015 @ 15:29:26

    Mr. Crews,
    I would like to thank you for inviting me to visit your website today. I am so impressed with the plans for the French Fort that I actually shed some tears. Tears of joy that this beautiful and forgotten area of our city will be getting some much deserved attention.
    I feel in love with the area in the early 1980’s when my sorority held a dance in the hotel there on Crump Blvd. I knew nothing of the area, but was taken aback by the beauty of the Marine Hospital and the grounds. I have always dreamed of turning it into a house (purely fantasy, but a girl can dream)!
    In 1994, my love affair with the area continued and I was married outside on the bluff of the Mississippi River in the National Ornamental Metal Museum.
    I frequently drive there to make sure the Marine Hospital is still standing. Always so relieved to come around the corner and see its magnificence, and breath a sigh of relief!
    I want to see this project to succeed for Memphis and Memphians!
    Rachel Canaday Burkett

    • Lauren
      Apr 30, 2015 @ 07:16:55

      You are not alone with your feelings for the old hospital or the area. We will be adding the entire property to the National Register of Historic Places. I promise you I will do my very best to restore the buildings as close to original as feasible.
      We hope to be applying for a federal loan to develop in the next few weeks. In meantime we plan to move forward with the architectural plans, historic registration & etc.
      Your future support would be appreciated. Please look for announcement for photo event (hospital pics) at Ponotoc Café next few weeks & join us.
      Your remarks are very touching… Thank you

  11. Rickeyecea hines
    Apr 28, 2015 @ 16:23:12

    The first time I laid eyes on the hospital I fell into a deep thought of how it could be restored. The building has a beautiful foundation and attraction to those of historical landmarks. I know for a fact that the renovations and future plans for this project will not only provide homes and housing for family’s but also introduce society to another historical part of Memphis. I’m officially on the team of French fort.

    • Lauren
      Apr 29, 2015 @ 11:50:52

      Look forward to your on-going support & your kind remarks. Please join us at future events- to be announced…
      Greatly appreciated-

  12. Heather
    Apr 27, 2015 @ 21:15:08

    Mr. Crews, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful opportunity to see the hospital today and learn even more about your development plans. I also wanted you to know, I fully support you in your endeavor, as I would hope all Memphians (and indeed, Mid-Southerners in general) would. Our future cannot be built upon anything but the foundations of our past, and in revitalizing such an important part of Memphis’ history, you are helping to secure the future of the city. I sincerely applaud your efforts, and wish you the very best success.

    • Lauren
      Apr 29, 2015 @ 11:47:19

      To Heather-
      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments.
      It is so good to see someone who is so in-sink with thoughts…
      Please stay in touch & tuned in-

  13. Cash
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 16:27:40

    This project is awesome and it’s very important people know the history of this place .

    • lauren
      Apr 19, 2015 @ 00:17:20

      Cash- Thanks. I think it is important to share the rich history of this area also. It has long been overlooked. Stay in touch…

  14. Lauren
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 15:53:52

    Thanks Don-
    It will be very nice. I have and expect a lot of interest. Please follow our progress…

  15. Don Johnson
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:34:00

    I see great potential in converting the old hospital into a condo community: What a view!

  16. lauren
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 07:53:52

    Stay tuned for dates of events at Marine Hospital soon…

  17. lauren
    Mar 30, 2015 @ 08:07:30

    It was a pleasure meeting you.
    Thanks for your kind words & support. Come back to Memphis soon…

  18. Jack
    Mar 29, 2015 @ 22:35:10

    Dear Mr. Crews,

    Thank you so much for informing me of the uniquely historic area around the French Fort District. After talking with you in person, and watching your video above, I cannot express how strongly I support your venture. I’m just a young man from Texas, but I surely hope that it all works out and the plan comes to fruition very soon.

  19. Michael J.McCune
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 17:04:54

    Great to see you Thursday. Your project is stunning. I’m in your court to lend any effort to help concept to construction. Frayser roots run deep

    • Lauren
      Mar 29, 2015 @ 10:33:14

      It was good to see someone from my old school/ community. This unfortunately doesn’t happen often. Lot’s of great times.

      We are hopeful that this could become a model community that can be reproduced in other areas that have current existing infrastructure. I think Frayser is a great target for same.

      Please stay in touch & help share our proposed. I am sure we can use your help moving forward…

  20. Marjorie Levy
    Mar 27, 2015 @ 09:39:23

    Sorry I missed the last tour and look forward to going on one soon! 🙂

    • lauren
      Mar 27, 2015 @ 13:53:21

      We plan on several tours, events at the Marine hospital & in the area this spring & summer. Hope to see you then…

  21. Herbert
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 13:15:34

    The video is impressive and motivating. I’m sorry I missed the walking tour this past weekend. I look forward to French Fort being a frequent destination via bicycle.

  22. Vicki Fioranelli
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 11:18:33

    Dear Mr. Crews, How can we thank you for speaking to our civic Exchange Club of East Memphis? Wow, what a project. Not only do you have a passion for the French Fort Project but what a boom for the city of Memphis and a tourism attraction. Thank you!! Visionaries like you make Memphis, our city on the bluff, the unique place to live that it is. Vicki Fioranelli

    • lauren
      Mar 27, 2015 @ 13:52:06

      It was my pleasure. I enjoy sharing my ideas to take this hidden gem of an area and creating something that will help our community in so many ways. I still have a ways to go but it’s hard to believe that my proposed want be adopted.
      It will be a fun place too! both for visitors & local.
      Thanks, & keep in touch…

  23. Heather Nordtvedt
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 18:43:03

    My husband, Matt, and I attended the Friends of the Fort party in October. What a great time! We got married at the Metal Museum in October of 2012, so the French Fort area is very special to us. We’ve always said it’s Memphis’s best-kept secret, Lauren, we stuck around and chatted with you for awhile at the party. We came to the tour this past Sunday and had a blast. We didn’t get a chance to talk to you though with all the rain – we were a little eager to get to the car and dry off a bit! Just wanted to let you know we are so excited about the redevelopment, and you’ve got our full support. I work in fundraising and event planning, and I’d love to help out in any way I can. Please let us know what we can do! We’ll see you at the next party!

    • lauren
      Mar 27, 2015 @ 13:30:52

      I am so happy you both enjoyed. I love sharing the rich history of the area and am very passionate about preserving & increasing public knowledge of same.
      I look forward for your continuing support and will reach out to you in future. Please stay tuned and thanks for your very kind words…

  24. lauren
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 22:52:23

    Nice to meet you Deborah.
    Hope to see you again at one of our events this spring/summer.
    We are going to do our best to bring the attention to the area it deserves…

  25. Carol Lewis
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 21:00:49

    I wish I had known about the tour today. Will there be another any time soon?

  26. Deborah
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 19:34:41

    Really enjoyed meeting you today and hearing your vision. What a forgotten beautiful part of Memphis .

    • lauren
      Mar 22, 2015 @ 22:54:22

      Will be plenty opportunities in Spring/ Summer.

  27. Lauren T. Crews
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:59:52

    TO ALL-

  28. Lauren T. Crews
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:57:53

    The last comment I made was in response to your comment.
    Thanks again…

  29. Lauren T. Crews
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:55:53

    It takes about 65 years to save the amount of energy required to build a new building versus doing adaptive re-use. It adds to the character of the neighborhood & generally is more sustainable than a new building that would most likely start deteriorating in 7- 10 years.
    Many buildings are being razed without any consideration. We should do more to encourage this practice.
    Thanks for your kind remarks. Please follow our progress…

  30. Joe Williams
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 12:10:12

    I love what you are doing and wish the project much success. Your leadership to repurpose existing buildings is greatly admired by me and others with roots in the Memphis area.

  31. Tracey McElhaney
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 09:28:31

    These plans are amazing! I believe your vision and creativity will bring new exciting life to downtown I can’t wait to see the positive growth and expansion for this area that seems to have been sadly neglected…until now!

    • Lauren
      Mar 01, 2015 @ 08:56:59

      Thanks Tracey-
      There have been no major improvements in the area for a long time. Since the area is in the path of progress it is important that we have a comprehensive plan in place. Otherwise due to the zoning it is a target for development that would have a negative effect on the community & spoil what can be a valuable asset & enjoyed by all…
      Stay tuned…

  32. Lauren
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 16:39:09

    Yes Katie- I think it is a win situation for all!

    Revenue for City & County,Tourism, Jobs, Blight removal, Millions for Infrastructure Improvements, Historical Buildings saved, enhanced experience entering into our City from major entry ways & much more.

    Your on-going support will be greatly appreciated…

  33. Katie Loen
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 13:52:46

    This sounds like a fantastic project. It seems that little has been done to take advantage of that area and I can see the potential within your vision. The opportunity to redevelop this area would be a huge asset to downtown and to the entire city.

  34. Colby B
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 16:05:41

    Fantastic Plan! Fantastic Vision. Can’t wait to see it come to fruition!

    • Lauren
      Feb 17, 2015 @ 17:34:33

      Please stay tuned in. Your on-going support would be appreciated. Still a lot of work to do…

  35. Jack Tucker
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:09:18

    Good luck with the vision…Memphis leaders of the past have done very little to take advantage of our riverfront…certainly hope this comes to fruition in a way that will be a long term enhancement and not just some trendy construction project. It sounds really exciting.

    • Lauren
      Feb 17, 2015 @ 17:45:56

      Sustainability is high on our goals. We have had in-put from numerous architects, engineers, City planners & etc.
      By showcasing the rich history of the area & embracing the riverfront by adding venues that will allow people to get intimate with the river. It is certain to big a big attraction.

      Thanks & please join us on 3/22 @ 2pm in Chickasaw park for guided tour by Jimmy Ogle…

  36. Lauren T. Crews
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 18:53:07

    Looking forward to you buying my dinner!
    Don’t worry still be awhile. Lot’s of work ahead of us but making good progress and think it will be very special to our City when we get there.
    Thanks for your help & support…

  37. jeromy carpenter
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 16:12:13

    Lauren, I’ve been a fan of the project every since you began. I truly believe that this project will put you on the map as a pioneer of the revitalization of Memphis. Things are truly looking up and this project will provide a southern anchor to the downtown area. I can’t wait to have dinner with you in that restaurant and propose a toast to your successes.I Can’t way to see the finished product, well done!!

  38. Lauren T. Crews
    Feb 15, 2015 @ 10:19:09

    Your welcome Tim-
    I believe my vision is being very well received. It is hard not to see the tremendous benefits for all.
    One of my favorite things is talking about the rich history of the area.
    Join us on a walking tour of the area including bridges with Jimmy Ogle (City historian) on March 22 at 2 pm. Starts in front of Marine building…

  39. Tim Oppenheim
    Feb 14, 2015 @ 19:48:37

    Thanks for the history lesson this afternoon. What a fantastic opportunity for Memphis to showcase Americana. Good luck on your bold vision.

  40. Ryan Harris
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 10:32:54

    Lauren and Chooch,
    Thank you so very much for showing the Leadership Memphis Fast Track Class of 2015 your cool and wonderful project. I really enjoyed learning about the history of the old hospital and the grounds around it. I think this will be a great way to build up the downtown area even more.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Feb 12, 2015 @ 11:05:23

      Thank you for coming. Also thanks for choosing a path that will allow you to make Memphis a better place. I allows enjoy sharing the rich history of the area. Please plan to join events in spring…

  41. Lauren T. Crews
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 09:18:16

    Jeff- Appreciate your comments.
    I particularly take note of your remarks regards dedication for training of badly needed skilled work force.
    Maybe we could catch a cup of brew or etc. I would like to hear more on your ideas…

  42. Jeff Old
    Feb 10, 2015 @ 15:31:19

    This project makes sense. If it ended at blight eradication (specifically the Super 8 and dilapidated warehouse at the I-55 exchange), it would be a benefit to the City but there is so much more.

    Several of the greatest assets this City can offer are right there to be taken advantage of: The Metal Museum, the river views, proximity to major modes of transportation, a link to South Main and Downtown.

    I think a portion of the project should be dedicated to education for trades or professionals, perhaps an affiliation to the Metal Museum. This City’s greatest deficiency is a skilled workforce. A place to live and learn and work would be a good thing for us all.

  43. Russ Brasfield
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 16:25:07

    What a fantastic untapped piece of property! Projects like this maintain the momentum of smart and exciting development that is occurring all over the City.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Jan 30, 2015 @ 20:59:25

      Yes Russ, I agree positive changes are happening all over the City. This one has an extraordinary opportunity to help produce badly needed revenue…

  44. Max Amsden
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 18:39:22

    I feel that this project would be very beneficial to the French Fort neighborhood and President’s Island as well as the entire city of Memphis

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Jan 28, 2015 @ 08:52:03

      Yes Max-
      The project will supply needed housing for the increasing number of employees on the island and in the area.
      Appreciate your support…

  45. Renee marshall
    Jan 26, 2015 @ 09:41:17

    Think It would be a great improvement for the city.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Jan 26, 2015 @ 10:10:08

      Thanks Renee-
      Without a doubt!
      Please follow progress…

  46. Alex Wood
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 21:28:19

    This is an incredible piece of property with over a century of history. The plans that Mr. Crews has for the French Fort area will be highly beneficial to the city. It will bring revenue and cut down on the blight.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Jan 26, 2015 @ 10:08:07

      Yes Alex- perhaps one of the most historical areas in the South.
      Please stay in touch…

  47. Mark Koch
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 06:54:13

    French Fort Redevelopment has long been needed for Memphis. God Speed

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Jan 13, 2015 @ 07:28:13

      Thanks Mark-
      Stay tuned in…

  48. Lauren T. Crews
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 13:34:32

    Dear Mr. Moore-
    Just noticed you have made several comments. I know that this is very important to you. Please email me at – and let me know when you would like to get together or let me know when I can call you on phone to discuss.
    By the way- the project is to be designed to attract all types of people (young & old). Plans include senior living and residences for families with young children.

  49. Maurice Moore
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 20:55:58

    …sounds like gentrification to me! So, you took the name of our neighborhood and use it as your youtube page name? What benefit would this have to the actual residents who live in French Fort? All I hear is young professional this and that, but what about the people who have lived here since the 1970s or before? You are trying to add more people to an area who are just fine with the amount of people who are already here! Then, you want to open it up to downtown to send more traffic through…I guess its all about money! This area is quiet and I think you can do development somewhere else.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Jan 06, 2015 @ 13:23:13

      I would be glad to discuss with you in person if you want to contact me. I am always willing to discuss the benefits and the drawbacks the plan offers. I can give a multitude of things this project can do to benefit the current residents and future residents and the City as a whole.
      Change is coming to the area with or without this project due to the new road changes, Harahan bridge project, Riverwalk and etc. Without a comprehensive plan in place there is no real control over the development of the area. The zoning in the area allows for many very likely scenarios that would not be advantageous to the neighborhood. As a stakeholder in the community myself I would like to see my property values protected as I assume you would.
      The name French Fort was the name given to the area by the French explorer LaSalle in the 17th century. If you study the history of the area you will find that there was a community similar to what we are proposing for over a 100 years. It was a community that was pedestrian/ bike friendly with grocery store, Church, tavern, bowling alley, archer range, wading pool, bandstand, theatre, many features for the young and much more. It was a very popular destination for all Memphians.
      Our City must compete with other City’s to attract the young professional in order to keep our City financially sound. Yes- it is in a big part about the money because the City badly needs the income that this project can produce and the income from other projects who use this as a model for communities in other areas of the City with current existing infrastructure such as this area.
      Again, just contact me and I will be glad to sit down with you and listen and explain…


      • Maurice Moore
        Jan 06, 2015 @ 14:02:40

        Mr. Crews,

        Thank you for responding. I understand the history of what you stated in your reply. 100 years ago, the population was not nearly as dense as it is now. One of the problems that the residents will have is turning a community of roughly 200 residents to a community that will truly quadruple that. Please email me your contact information and I would love to hear the pros and cons of your plan and the pros and cons of projects that may still negatively affect this neighborhood through other ventures.

  50. John Voorhees
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 12:37:19

    We think this is a very exciting project that will help to clean up these historical cites. I’d like to see the super 8 hotel and this plan co-exist. If even just temporarily. And Commerce from the bridge and the 55 must have adequate road turnarounds for large trucks. We stayed on a very rainy night and had to use the bridge. Commerce to the city of Tennessee should flow easly pass the project while public accses north,south & over the bridge should be separate from the major truck routs.A town circle at the end of a bridge sounds risky. i’m sure these are very small changes for such a very Big project…So lets all get behind it,and move forward!…

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 08:39:23

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      This is a long term project and is only a proposal presented by City South Ventures at this time. Any change regards Super 8 will take long term negotiations and etc. It would be many years down the road.
      We will study your recommendations. The road project is a state/ federal project and it is probably to far along to make any major changes. It will be a tremendous improvement over the existing.
      Commercial traffic will use fly-by and can bypass roundabout. (see video)

  51. Lee Millar
    Dec 29, 2014 @ 15:03:17

    This community project is a great concept and a huge benefit to the city and our residents. The Fort Pickering/Chickasaw Heritage Park could be a central focus to draw all the surrounding residents as well as tourists. Keep the historic atmosphere. Add historical signs about the Indians and the Civil War (huge draw), as well as an Indian exhibit and restoring part of the Civil War fort. Riverwalk idea with shops, restaurants, and bars is a great addition. But the red cubes have to go — NOT attractive. This will be a fantastic community.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 30, 2014 @ 18:20:04

      Hi Lee-
      This area is one of the most historic areas in the South and along the Mississippi River. Besides being a huge tourist attraction in the future it is the number one for marketing for residential and other in the area. Let’s get those cannons back! and introduce this area to the many that do not know that it now exists.
      Regards container project- there are actually two concepts for this site. (see video) Many like the container concept and believe it represents our City as a distribution hub at a busy commercial entrance to our City.
      Thanks-We will be looking forward to your support especially for helping to bring attention to the history in the area…

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 20:58:46

      This IS a fantastic community already! If you want to come and run in our park, feel free. Why would we want to draw more attention to our quiet neighborhood?

  52. Emily Chambers
    Dec 27, 2014 @ 12:59:37

    Great idea, but I must criticize the riverfront red cubes as well as the other “modern” (over sized cinder block) designs. Those of us who are still around in 40 years will regret the outdated cubes much like we now regret the mid-century “renovation” to the what was once the beautiful Cossitt Library. I understand you want to develop the area but there are quite a few new and unoccupied condos, apartments, and even entire buildings (the Horizon) that have been empty for years due to lack of interest. (No. 1 Beale was a similar idea that never took off). Considering “French Fort” will be in the same area as the Horizon, what are you doing differently to guarantee the proposed buildings will be occupied in the future?

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 30, 2014 @ 18:02:56

      The idea is to have a mixed/ eclectic community which will have a mixture of architecture and use. There will be the adaptive re-use, historic renovation and other designs .Please note that there are two concepts for the river front project you mentioned. The container project has created a lot of positive feedback. Memphis is the distribution capital of the nation. Containers come down the river , over the bridges and on the trains nearby. Many feel this makes this concept a very good one for this entryway to our City.
      Thanks for your comments. Pleas stay tuned. Everything is still in concept sage and is subject to change…

      • Lauren T. Crews
        Dec 30, 2014 @ 18:27:43

        Sorry- didn’t answer question regards determining market.
        Of course the Horizon’s going back on market as condos very soon and it expected to do well especially since there is not a lot of condo projects on market.
        This project is over time and in three phases. Each individual multi-family project will be ultimately be determined to be lease or sale by market conditions at the time to be developed…

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 08:22:21

      Forgot to respond regards Horizon & etc…
      The Horizon will be back on the market very soon and I expect the condo units to go well since there is not many condos for sale these days.
      The real estate business is a risky one and it is cyclical. Our project is projected to be in three stages and spread out over a approximately 15 year period with an additional time of 5 years as a safety net. All projects are conceptual only and apt to change. There is flexibility built in. Such as in multi-family projects where the final determination to be condo versus apartments will not be made till just be before development. The market conditions at that time will determine type of project that is most feasible…

  53. Ramon Moses
    Dec 22, 2014 @ 19:42:04

    All I can say is “WOW!!!” I think this would be an awesome opportunity to pull Memphis into the 21st century. We need more projects like this to modernize our city. These are the kinds of projects that bring young, working adults to our city. As a young professional, I would love to live in this area. I hope everything works out!!!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 22, 2014 @ 20:18:33

      Wish I could take your deposit now! but we still have a lot of work to do. Hope to get the Marine Building & old Hotel under development next year. These will make great catalyst for other to follow. Projects like these are badly needed to compete for the talented and produce badly needed income for our City.
      Please stay tuned and support….

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 21:14:50

      this city already has plenty of new development housing for the young professional! Look at the downtown area that is already developed. What this city really needs is more attractions and fun things to do for the young professional. We have no amusement park for example. What happened to Peabody Place? That was once a great idea and now its dead. Maybe Mr. Crews can help make that more vibrant.

  54. Mack Andrews
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 14:22:32

    WOW! This is so needed. As a builder, I definitely would like to be part of this development!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 21, 2014 @ 19:29:22

      Mack- Thanks!
      We will be looking for builders/investors who are interested. Particularly those who are in sink with our ideas and concepts for a model community that will encourage others to utilize current infrastructure thus helping to curb urban sprawl.
      I would be pleased to discuss the opportunities that might be of interest to you. Just let me know…

  55. Chet Winstead
    Dec 19, 2014 @ 13:44:23


    The project looks great and I’m excited to see it come to life!


    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 21, 2014 @ 11:55:29

      Chet- Thanks for taking the time to review. Your support is appreciated…

  56. Kendall Haney
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 09:06:44

    What a great opportunity for our city and for the commercial and residential communities downtown. Thank you Lauren for taking the lead on this project and your many years of hard work and dedication to make this happen. Memphis should be proud to have someone like you make such a positive impact for so many people. You have my support!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 18, 2014 @ 10:37:59

      Thanks for your very kind words & your support…
      Best to you-

  57. Andrew Bland
    Dec 14, 2014 @ 15:03:36

    This project will bring beauty to an area of Memphis in special need of improvement and attention. Thank you for your efforts in bringing life into an area of the city that has been ignored for decades.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 15, 2014 @ 08:51:59

      Thanks Andrew- stay in touch. Still a lot of work to do. Your support is needed…

  58. Jerry Ehrlich
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:01:55

    Lauren showed me his early concept for French Fort about seven years ago… and the ideas and vision since those initial drawings are tenfold better. It is a project who’s time has come and I hope all the parts and pieces come together sooner than later. Memphis needs to support this beautiful and innovative “welcome mat” to our city.

    Lauren… I admire your unrelenting passion for this project.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 11, 2014 @ 14:38:37

      Most projects revolve around the new round-a-bout to be done by TDOT. This has caused delays in the project however it has also given us time to critique and share with numerous planners locally and across the country.
      It is still work in progress and we will be making changes until we have something that comes close to satisfying all stakeholders and etc. I hope to be able to start construction on our first project in next year or eighteen months. Projects will be phased over time but from recent response we have had it appears it could possibly move much faster than we have predicted.
      Yes I am stubborn… It may be awhile before I recoup my investment but I believe it will be all worthwhile. It is a great project for City & Community and will produce badly needed revenue to City & County. It also might be a good model for other projects.

      Thanks, stay abreast…

      • Maurice Moore
        Jan 05, 2015 @ 21:25:04

        Who’s community would this be a great project for?

  59. Suzanne Drumwright
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 22:33:39

    I am so eager to see these efforts realized – this revitalization will make such a positive impact in the city!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 11, 2014 @ 09:18:15

      Thanks Suzanne-
      Please stay in touch . Your on-going support would be appreciated…

  60. Gerald Drumwright
    Dec 07, 2014 @ 10:56:39

    Anyone that visits can’t help but love the French Fort area. The unique and beautiful old structures, the history, the Mississippi river views, the mature canopy of trees, and the open park spaces comprise a long neglected Memphis treasure.
    My wife and I look forward to living in the area when completed.
    I have known Mr Crews for many years and have watched him pour his heart and soul into this project. I can’t say enough good things about his character, knowledge, and vision for downtown Memphis.
    Let’s keep the momentum going in downtown Memphis!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 08, 2014 @ 10:54:20

      Gerald & Wife-
      You have made my day! What wonderful remarks about the area & myself. Look forward to meeting you & your wife.

      Please help us share the news regards this project…

  61. Dmitry Ozeryansky
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 15:09:59

    In the five years I’ve been in Memphis, I’ve been so glad to observe the ongoing renaissance of Midtown and Downtown, there is no doubt in my mind that these communities have a bright future with so much going for them and incredibly forward thinking, creative, and focused people investing their energy here. The french fort development will be a great milestone in this transformation.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 05, 2014 @ 15:49:09

      I agree and it seems we are picking up steam. Thanks for your kind remarks…

  62. Jim Smith
    Dec 03, 2014 @ 13:31:35

    Beautiful locations, and wonderful ideas! I’ve long been a fan of your plans for this area.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 03, 2014 @ 14:37:50

      Thanks Jim-
      Please share with others, keep in touch & lend your support in future…

  63. Wes Ashworth
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 16:35:58

    I’m blown away Lauren. Very forward thinking. Good Luck!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 17:15:32

      Wes- Still a lot of work to do. Appx 70 % of projects revolve around start or finish of the new Round-a-bout. Not easy lining up all the stars but hard to believe anyone can not see as a tremendous benefit to City & Community. Please share this with others & keep abreast…

  64. Tammy Logan DeShields
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 13:25:42

    Go Big! This development to the South of the bridge will definitely be the icing on the cake to cap off the reno on the North end, Bass Pro, and Beale Street Landing. Imagine being able to stroll the River from Mud Island all the way down past the walking bridge to the Fort area and back. The River will be a destination in itself! I want to be plugged in!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 14:55:16

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
      We see the area as being the “Southern Bookend to the Riverwalk”. Hopefully we will also see Water Taxies connecting Bass Pro, Beale Street Landing and French Fort. This will be a great way to get intimate with the River and to view the City from an exciting new perspective.
      Also the views from the proposed Restaurant/ Tavern/Event Center that will be right down on the River will fantastic, especially at night.
      Your ongoing support would be appreciated…

  65. Jeff Nickell
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 12:42:20

    This project is awesome! I love seeing the momentum that it has gained over time. Using recycled materials such as the shipping containers makes it a win in my book. After having lived in a city where a car is not a necessity for four years, I can really get behind the vision for French Fort.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 14:40:16

      Hi Jeffery-
      Thanks for your kind remarks.
      We are trying our best to develop a community based on New Urban Principles that haven proven to improve quality of life. Sustainable, truly Mixed in everyway, walkable & bike friendly and Higher Density are just a few of our goals. I really believe we have the makings of a model community that can be an example for other blighted areas.
      Again- Thanks and stay tuned in…

  66. Albert Okunade
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 22:49:35

    I am privileged to know of the creative mindset, innovative planning efforts, hard work, and the gradual but steady unfolding of the French Fort project efforts. Your consistent efforts are highly likely to succeed in turning the multifaceted assets from low to high value investments. Your creative community involvements should be applauded. Best wishes.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 09:47:04

      Thanks for your kind remarks and confidence. We will continue to work hard at improving and getting this project moving.

      Also thanks to your U of M master students for there valuable input over the last few years…

  67. Joan
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 14:34:37

    Love the plans Lauren. This will be such a wonderful asset to the city. The presentation at the DNA meeting a couple of months ago was so informative. Bravo!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 15:04:45

      Thanks Joan,
      Yes- a valuable asset in deed !
      I would appreciate your ongoing support. Please encourage others to make comment also…

  68. Cindy Walton
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 14:32:47

    Looks like a very promising project for an area that could use a much needed makeover. As I drive over the “old” bridge as I am coming back to Memphis for visits, I am always embarrassed as to what that area looks like. The architects and planners have done an excellent job presenting the information for this project. My hope is that the right people will back this project to provide a new vibrant look to this area of Downtown Memphis and much needed revenue.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 15:11:45

      Yea, looks like a war zone coming across bridge and as you are coming in from the South to downtown as well.
      The combination of this development & the new round-a-bout will offer a whole new welcome to our City.
      We appear to have substantial support. Frankly it is hard to believe anyone would not see it as a huge asset to the local community and the City as a whole…

  69. Christine
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 16:15:40

    This is a really much needed project for the community. I find it very interesting and can’t wait to see where it is headed.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 13:41:43

      Yes, it is needed to clean up blight at entry ways of City from the South & West. To provide badly needed revenue (all with private dollars) to the City/ County. To save Historic buildings and for numerous other reasons.
      Please stay in touch & lend your support…

  70. Aubrey Nickell
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 16:12:36

    I’m so excited about this project! Between the great views of the river, vibrant neighborhood, and historic charm of the buildings, I think the new French Fort development is going to be a great locale for young professionals, families, and older couples alike. I can’t wait to see what the coming years bring for this project. Judging by the recent event at the historic Marine Hospital, i think it is going to be a huge success. For those who have not seen this neighborhood, I encourage you to go to the next event and check out the massive potential it holds for our great city! Bravo to all those involved!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 13:33:01

      Aubrey- Thanks! We are working hard to develop a truly mixed community that offers something for everyone.
      Lot’s of support however due to being disconnected by the great interstate projects of the sixties many are not familiar with this gem of an area. Planning to have several exciting events in spring to introduce.
      Hope to see you there…

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 22:22:14

      Aubrey, for the same reasons you have stated, the people who have been living in the community for years are extremely happy with how the landscape already is, as is.

  71. Pearson Crutcher
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 14:23:45

    This project is so exciting! The timing could not be better with the Harahan Bridge project becoming a reality! What a great asset for our city!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 28, 2014 @ 14:45:55

      Thanks Pearson- I will keep you updated. Your support is appreciated…

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 13:32:03

      Aubrey- Thanks! We are working hard to develop a truly mixed community that offers something for everyone.
      Lot’s of support however due to being disconnected by the great interstate projects of the sixties many are not familiar with this gem of an area. Planning to have several exciting events in spring to introduce.
      Hope to see you there…

  72. Ashlyn Tarr
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 15:40:20

    This is such an interesting project! I am excited to see it come to life and bring some needed character to our great city!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 20:23:08

      Thanks- Also produces badly needed revenue for City & County. your on going support would be appreciated…

  73. Neeraj Kumar
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 09:18:11

    French Fort is a hidden treasure for the City of Memphis with tremendous potential for redevelopment. I had opportunity to watch the great presentation with Lauren Crews in his office. I truly admire Lauren’s passion and dream for redeveloping French Fort into a thriving and vibrant place. The redevelopment will not only help French Fort and downtown area grow, but will also position Memphis in line with other US cities having great riverfront developments.

    Thank you Lauren for sharing this with me. It feel privileged to be associated in any capacity as an architect and city planner.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 11:00:58

      I don’t know how to thank you for such nice comments.
      Yes, I am very passionate about it. Hope to get others passionate Memphians involved.
      It has the ability to become a model for other mixed use communities.
      Will have to gather a few folks for a site visit one nice day.

  74. F. Ford Beach, Jr.
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 13:24:52

    As an Army Reservist for 6 years at the 330th General Hospital there, I always wondered if anyone could see the “Vision” of doing something with it? I see now Lauren has done just that, & I applaud him for the effort. My only hopes now are is that the 330th will once again rise from obscurity to a proud moment of being renovated. I see my old military office has just that chance now with Lauren at the helm. Congrat.s on a wonderful plan & if you ever need any insights please feel free to call. All I can say is just Bravo! and Thank you.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 22:51:52

      Hi Ford-
      Thanks for the confidence. Let’s do site visit sometime. I would like to hear what the place was like then. I am sure you have tales…

  75. Lauren T. Crews
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 16:18:13

    Lauren T. Crews
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 11:25:04

    Hey Larry,
    WOW!!!, Thanks for your comments.
    It can also produce an incredible amount of income for the City & County…

  76. Lauren T. Crews
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 11:25:04

    Hey Larry,
    WOW!!!, Thanks for your comments.
    It can also produce an incredible amount of income for the City & County…

  77. Larry Garner
    Nov 23, 2014 @ 14:33:57

    This project will contribute to making Memphis more unique, memoriable and desirable place to work and live. Leveraging existing treasures like this will fuel more desire and attraction for people wanting to experience amazing life styles available in downtown Memphis. From Mr. Crump to Elvis, all will be proud!

  78. Matthew J
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 09:29:32

    Great presentation. This really has come a long way in the last year or so and I am excited to help any way that I can.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 12:08:16

      Thanks Mathew-
      I will take you upon that…

  79. Jim Smith
    Nov 19, 2014 @ 13:44:01

    I’ve always thought the plans for the French Fort were terrific! So sorry I missed the October 25th event.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 07:02:50

      Hi Jim-
      Thanks for your kind comment.
      Plan on having several events in spring to help introduce this hidden area to those many Memphians who do not know it exists. Look forward to seeing you…

  80. Lisa W.
    Nov 19, 2014 @ 11:17:05

    What a fantastic concept and beautiful renderings. This has come such a long way, and the building holds so much history. It is a real treasure for our city. I am happy to help any way I can to support. What a wonderful addition to the existing development to the riverfront!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 20, 2014 @ 06:59:12

      Thanks Lisa-
      Since time is not of the essence we have had a lot of time to critique & produce what we feel is a great plan. Still in the works & still a ways to go but appears my persistence (stubbornness) may pay off after all these years. Your help/ support will be appreciated…

  81. T Hubbard
    Nov 18, 2014 @ 09:57:24

    Great plan Lauren, look forward to seeing it come together. Truly a hidden gem and a one of a kind opportunity to redevelop such a historic area along the Mississippi River.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 18, 2014 @ 17:22:08

      T Hubbard-
      Introducing people to the area that was disconnected by the Interstate projects of the ’60s is our immediate goal. Polishing the gem so it will be more valuable to all will take a little longer…

  82. Evan B.
    Nov 15, 2014 @ 23:56:33

    Seems like a great project! Will not only create much needed revenue as well as revitalizing one of the many historic areas of downtown Memphis. This will not only benefit the city, but also benefit the citizens of the city itself. I very much look forward to its completion. Good luck!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 17, 2014 @ 04:51:00

      Evan- The amount of revenue that this project can contribute is extraordinary. It appears that the amount of taxes collected are not even enough to cover City expense for maintenance & etc. The reason is that many of the properties are vacant, abandoned or etc.
      Thanks and keep abreast…

  83. Vic m.
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 20:34:18

    In what way can people contribute?

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 17, 2014 @ 04:43:44

      One way is to help me get people to leave comments here.
      Project must be approved by Community Redevelopment Agency, City Council, Commission, Mayor & Parks. Recommending to any of the above would be helpful. Or appearing at Council or commission hearings in future.

      Also we plan to have events in the spring to introduce area to many who do not know exist. Spreading the word here would help or if you want to volunteer to help with events or etc. send me email at

  84. Lee Wilson
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 19:39:01

    Very informative video and a very ambitious project that would be a great gateway for the south entrance to our city. For once in my lifetime of living in or near Memphis, I wish the city leaders and the business community would get behind a worthwhile project such as this.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 17, 2014 @ 04:33:34

      Thanks- At tis point it seems we have considerable support from City and business leaders. There are the vocal few in the neighborhood who have come out against development of parts but overall it appears the majority is excited about project…

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 22:19:15

      Why have people in the community spoken up against your plan?

  85. Drew Russom
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 07:20:23

    This place has so much history behind it and is such a cool place for a history buff or enthusiast, like myself, to check while in Memphis. It is just one places that tells that there is more to see about Memphis then just Beale Street or the Fedex Forum.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 09:57:13

      It in fact is one of the most historic areas in Memphis & along the Miss. river. Our goal is to bring more attention to same thus creating an exciting tourist destination.
      Come back & enjoy!

  86. Lauren T. Crews
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:44:44

    We are striving for a truly mixed use community based new urban principles that would be unlike any other in the City. This could be a model community that can be reproduced in other areas in badly need of revitalization.
    The entire Marine property is proposed to be added to the National Historic Register. There is very little change anticipated to the exterior of the buildings.
    Please follow us as we progress. Your support is important to us…

  87. Lauren T. Crews
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:16:41

    The parks in the French Fort area will make an excellent book-end to the south for the Riverwalk. It is one of the most historic places in the south & is sure to be a big attraction to tourist.
    keep in touch…

  88. Sam Eldred
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 00:41:23

    I’m glad to see the area being revitalized, while preserving the historic aspect.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:03:56

      Thanks Sam- still have a ways to go. Your ongoing support would be appreciated. Keep in touch…

  89. Jerry Kimble Jr
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 00:34:12

    I love that someone is taking the initiative to revitalize this historic area. The diversity of this project is really what is going to make our Riverwalk different from other cities, and hopefully brings a range of people who would love to visit it!!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:11:52

      Connecting the Riverwalk to the parks in the French Fort area is one of our main goals. This most historic area will make an excellent book-end to the south for our Riverwalk and should make a popular tourist destination. Thanks-

  90. John
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 11:39:43

    Seems like a very good plan.

    Great Video

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:18:48

      Please lend your support…

  91. Dale
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 20:24:03

    These types of projects get me excited for the future of Memphis! Great!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:20:04

      This is one of many very exciting things happening in this City. The future looks bright!

  92. Mark Miesse
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 15:28:54

    It looks like a great proposal for redevelopment! Hopefully with the roundabout and realignment of 55, accessibility to the French Fort area will be enhanced. There are so many that don’t know what a gem the City has. I cant wait to see it happen.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:33:14

      Thanks for your comment Mark. The new round-a-bout along with the Main to Main Project (Harahan bridge) and the Riverwalk future development is emminent. Having a comprehensive plan for the area is critical to assure the best utilization of this hidden gem of an area.
      Thanks for providing your time to help with the Harahan Project and others in the City. It is people like yourself that are helping make this City an increasingly better place to live.

  93. James
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 15:09:00

    I’m glad to see such a variety of living options in the area. I think this diverse vision of the neighborhood can bring a nice crowd to what is now such a divided city. The renovation of the hospital is intriguing, I’m curious to see what its function will be in the new vision.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 02:17:30

      see reply on page 2…

  94. Sharolyn Payton
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 14:17:30

    This is an awesome vision and it also appears to be a very worthwhile endeavor. I will be praying for its success.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:54:29

      Thanks- It has taken many years and a lot of help from both local and nationally renowned professionals to get this far. It is work in progress. It relies heavily on the cooperation of City leaders. Expect more positive changes to plan in future. Please lend your ongoing support…

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:58:03

      It has taken many years and input from many design professionals to get this far. It is still work in progress. Expect more positive changes in near future.
      Please lend your ongoing support…

  95. Lisa Haney
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 13:01:25

    I absolutely love the plans for French Fort. They are amazing. I can’t wait to see the development begin to take place. I work downtown and really love the revitalization that has taken place so far and this project looks like it will go above and beyond all others.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 02:02:28

      Great things are happening in our City! We hope that we can develop something that can be a model for the future.We still have a ways to go so please lend your support when needed…
      Many Thanks-

  96. Billy Brown
    Nov 08, 2014 @ 09:11:42

    This sounds like a tremendous opportunity for Memphis to transition into a tremendously bright future!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 02:11:47

      It will certainly improve quality of life in Memphis and the area and also add badly needed revenue to the City.
      Thanks, Stay in Touch…

  97. Larry Unterberger
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 11:59:52

    Memphis needs the kind of vision that you are bringing to this project. Having traveled the globe and now living in the Mid-South the one constant that I notice seems to be a disconnect of neighborhoods and community. The development that you are going to bring to life will be critical to turning Memphis into the world class city that it can be!

    Thank You!

    Larry Unterberger
    Principal Broker
    Downtown Condo Connection

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 07, 2014 @ 14:20:54

      Where do find more people like you? Welcome to a City were someone like you can make a difference. Thanks….

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 22:17:47

      In this case, the neighborhood is a community as well. There is only a disconnect as far as the land. The people in this community is well connected to downtown and the rest of Memphis

  98. Monique Fisher
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 10:43:22

    We had such a great time at an evening with friends and hope there will be another activity on the grounds in the future. The Marine Hospital is a beautiful building; it deserves to be renovated and returned to its former glory.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 11, 2014 @ 10:38:54

      Glad you had good time. Many others have said same. Will have to work on that.

      We would like to get Marine under construction but it is tied into overall development plan in area which is going to take more time to put together…

  99. Natasha Higginson
    Oct 31, 2014 @ 16:42:44

    I couldn’t be more excited about the plans for the French Fort area! There is SO much potential there, and I can’t wait to see the historical buildings come to life again. Memphis is flourishing and offering more and more to its residents and tourists.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 04, 2014 @ 16:52:01

      I agree the City us on the right track. It is a competitive world. The City must continue to create more attractions such as the Riverwalk, Harahan Bridge project, Greenways & other to compete for future residents.
      The historical buildings are of considerable significance to the State, City & Community. We are determined to save them…

  100. Samantha
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 21:36:23

    This is a great idea! The idea of modernizing the buildings would be an extremely beneficial contribution to the downtown area of Memphis. Although the land is beautiful just as it is, the new plans will benefit so many people in that it will be a new and modern place to live. I am so excited for the future of this project!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Nov 04, 2014 @ 16:37:14

      Thanks Samantha-
      I promise that we are working hard at making a place that can provide a healthy community for many to reside and enjoy…

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 22:07:08

      Samantha, you are right. The land is beautiful as is! The End

  101. Lauren T. Crews
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 22:26:24

    To all,
    Please join us on Oct 25th for a great time on the grounds of the Historic Marine Hospital. Drink, food, fire, music, movie & more…

  102. MicheeJ
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 14:06:45

    I have viewed the video of the revitalization and development of French Fort. I’ve always loved the area and have family friends who reside in French Fort and I’v been to many church picnics in the park. I question the affordability of the purposed housing that the video claims. The resident of the area are very long-termed residents and properties rarely come available. I hope I’m wrong but my gut feeling is that this project will become what north of I-55 has become….unaffordable to your average working Memphian. I’ve worked for the local government as a court clerk for years and one of my dreams has been to live near the river or downtown Memphis, but of course there’s nothing affordable on my court clerk’s salary even being an empty nester of one! I will keep my eyes on this project and hope that my dream becomes my reality! Good luck with the project!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 22:11:28

      Your comments are greatly appreciated. It is the intent that this community will offer something for most price ranges. A special effort will be made to create a truly mixed community. Keep in touch…

      • Maurice Moore
        Jan 05, 2015 @ 22:27:49

        This community will offer something for ‘MOST’ price ranges. That being said, some people may not be able to afford housing after the development is complete. Michael, houses do actually become available and when they do, please try and get one. This neighborhood has character and it should not be changed.

  103. Carol
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 13:42:05


    This is a great opportunity for Memphis and I’m excited to see this area updated! I hope the projects you mentioned will also assist in the re growth of Memphis’ industrial park, President’s Island which has seen drastic company closings within the last 10 years.

    I do have a question though; I have heard the historical hospital is being updated by a couple, Keith and Janet Chism into a bed/breakfast and art gallery called Asher Trace ( The couple is actually taking donations to assist in the renovation. As I read your website it seems both of you are referring to the same building. Is their project, Asher Trace related to yours?

    Thank you

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 22:23:17

      Carol- There has also been many new companies that have employed many in area that will be needing housing.
      There is no offer on table for any. However, we are open to anyone who has a good idea for a use of the Marine Hospital that will be a positive to the current community and the future proposed.
      Currently we think that Multi-family is the best and highest use. Thanks & please keep in touch…

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 22:35:22

      The idea is to have a truly mixed community that strives to offer something for everyone. I hope we can someday be neighbors. Stay in touch & join us on the 25th for big time…

  104. Joe Tague
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 13:20:39

    The scope of this project is mind blowing to say the least, which makes it that much more exciting to witness. The utilization of this area, as well as the spectacular views of the river, just makes too much sense. The process appears to be a lengthy one, but also extremely visionary and beneficial one as well. Good luck to Mr. Crews and Mr. Pickard (and others) with this project. It could provide a nice catalyst to one of our greatest assets.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 11:13:00

      Thanks Joe,
      Still a lot of work to do. Timeline for the project due to current response might possibly be considerably shorter. Appx.80% of projects depend on round-a-bout. May need your support in future.
      Also, try to come to our event on Oct. 25th. Going to have great time! Meet lot’s of people passionate about our City.

  105. Ben V
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 00:11:27

    What an awesome idea! What a NECESSARY idea! In Memphis we so often forget that some of our greatest assets are vulnerable to decay and dissolution if we do not recognize their value, cherish their potential, and nuture and develop a self-sustaining, profitable environment with resources to encourage growth and endurance. Projects like these not only benefit the target area but the entire city which will not doubt rediscover this somewhat hidden jewel! It would be senseless to not utilize this section of the bluff to grow our city whose history and legacy is so deeply rooted in and entrenched with the Mighty Mississippi. Kudos to the vision and efforts behind this redevelopment!

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 13, 2014 @ 18:00:56

      Thanks so much Ben. You definitely share our vision. Your on going support will be greatly appreciated…

    • Maurice Moore
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 22:14:29

      The community definitely recognizes the value of this gem. It is hidden from most of Memphis and that is one of the pluses of living in this community. More traffic brings more noise, etc. Please come visit the community and walk in our park.

  106. Jenn Durham
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 15:20:37

    This is a very exciting vision for our city’s downtown revitalization. I’m excited to see this come to life.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 13, 2014 @ 18:02:58

      Thanks Jenn. Please will try to keep you informed…

  107. Victoria Fleming
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 14:00:45

    It has been an honor to watch this vision come to life. Over the past year I have seen Lauren and Chewch work on this project day in and day out. I hope this will inspire more riverfront development in the future. Keep up the hard work, persistance pays off.

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 13, 2014 @ 18:05:12

      Thanks for the kind comments and your support…

  108. Lauren T. Crews
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 13:37:33

    Thanks for all your comments! They are very important. For those who haven’t made a comment – please do…

  109. Jordyn Estes
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 11:28:15

    Beautiful area with so much potential. I’m very glad they are reviving Memphis. Its a great plan

    • Lauren T. Crews
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 22:28:33

      Thanks, join us on Oct 25th for a great time with great folks…

  110. Jyo Carolino
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 15:20:32

    I am very excited to seeing this project come to fruition. The changes could really bring about a much-needed revitalization of the area.

  111. Claire Brumleve
    Sep 27, 2014 @ 15:45:48

    Seeing such an historical area, and one of my favorite buildings in downtown Memphis being brought back to life, makes me extremely proud to be a Memphian.

  112. Stephanie Cobb
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 17:15:36

    This will be great for our city and I can’t wait to see Lauren’s vision come to life. Thanks for bringing awareness to this long forgotten area of Memphis!

  113. Don Hamric
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 15:06:24

    Thanks to the long-range vision of Lauren Crews and his associates, Memphis could be the beneficiary of a progressive change for the French Fort area of Downtown Memphis. This project proposal is exciting and this kind of forward thinking is just what Memphis needs! I hope that all involved will succeed because success for them equals SUCCESS for all Memphians!!

  114. Alexandra Mobley
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 11:53:59

    As many have noted, French Fort is a hidden gem! I am sure that the majority of downtown workers and downtown residents are not aware of its existence let alone its potential! This redevelopment strategy is comprehensive, thoughtful and more importantly, achievable with the buy-in of the community, the City and the State. Another jewel in the crown of the revitalization of Downtown and Memphis as a whole!

  115. Memphis Reprographics
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 12:35:56

    Memphis Reprographics is so excited for the French Fort Redevelopment Plan! This very historic location has so much potential and we can’t wait to see the finished project!

  116. August
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 12:23:49

    This will be so great for our city. We had a great time last night at the AIA office, learning the history from Lauren Crews! Such a great guy and has a heart for the city of Memphis.

  117. Travis webster
    Sep 09, 2014 @ 20:49:54

    I think it looks amazing and hope it goes through b/c there is nothing currently like it downtown . I work downtown everyday and would love to see all the dilapidated buildings transformed into usable living space.

  118. Cena Borders
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 23:24:23

    Great potential for the French Fort Project. It sounds like a great plan and worth making it happen!

  119. Steve Jones / Fisher Arnold
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 15:30:19

    The concept and plan for the French Fort area is certainly one that we hope and pray comes true. Lauren’s passion and dream are shared by all of us at Fisher Arnold. Transforming that area of Memphis will certainly be a challenge, but a real boost for downtown. We look forward to being a part of the vision!

  120. James Hurlen Bolden
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 14:18:22

    The French Fort Project has the potential to be a bonanza for riverfront development. As a resident, I would certainly lend my full support.
    Note: The trees are blocking the riverview for many of residents along the river, perhaps a variety that doesn’t grow 40 or 50 feet high should be a part of our planning efforts.

  121. Jim Calandruccio
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 21:38:15

    The Hospital renovation is something I have looked forward to seeing happen for years. This architecture of this structure is probably the most attractive structure in the entire downtown area. I have little doubt that once completed that the dwellers will be the envy of many Memphians. Mark Twain would clearly get his name in the hat if he could to secure a spot there.

  122. Dexter Caldwell
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 17:20:11

    I’ve lived in Memphis all of my life & never knew of this area. Where Downtown exactly is it? I’d like to go see it first hand

  123. Gary Shelly
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 08:39:25

    A very ambitious plan but one that’s well worth pursuing. I’ve always viewed the French Fort area as having vast potential.

  124. Kevin Nowlin
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 15:30:01

    Absolutely love the passion and creativity behind this project! Such a beautiful area that deserves support from the entire Memphis community. Keep up the great work!

  125. Michael Huggins
    Aug 07, 2014 @ 18:26:52

    This is a fine undertaking that deserves the support of the entire community. One-hundred years ago, the Fort Pickering area was a thriving community, and there is no reason why French Fort and the adjacent area cannot become, once more, a highly desirable area for residence, working, and recreation. I look forward to future public events associated with this project.

  126. Kathy O. Lofton
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 16:41:28

    I am so elated to hear of this renovation project. I have family who resides in the French Fort area, so I am sure they appreciate this effort.

    This will be an asset and beautiful addition to the Memphis landscape! I can’t wait to see the results.

  127. Ramoen
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 09:46:03

    Looking fwd to this…a tad disappointed that it will take 17 years to complete though. Will you be posting a time line of each component?

  128. Carla Smith
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 19:31:46

    Pretty much a lifetime Memphian, I LOVE the downtown area. My husband and I both live and work out east, but it does my heart good to know some futuristic vision will finally be applied to the planning of an upgraded downtown area. Grocery shopping convenience is a must for most residents as well as the other amenities on your list. It sounds great and I look forward to the updates! Go Memphis!