An Evening with Friends of the Fort

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Join us for an Evening with Friends of the Fort Did you miss the great party we had this summer? Now’s your chance to join us for a relaxed fireside event this fall under a canopy of trees on the beautiful lawn of the Historic US Marine Hospital. We will have guided tours, an acoustic live music jam, local beer, wine, Bardog sliders & dogs plus horror movies on the lawn…

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  1. 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…


  2. 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…


  3. 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…


  4. 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.


  5. 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…


  6. 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…


  7. 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…


  8. 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…


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