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Orpheum pulls $10.2M permit for expansion

Memphis Business Journal
Feb 11, 2014

By Ryan Poe

The Orpheum Theatre's $14.5 million expansion in Downtown Memphis is back on track and slated to begin this spring.

The Orpheum filed a $10.2 million permit for the two-story, 39,000-square-foot Orpheum Centre for Performing Arts and Education at 225 S. Main, just south of its current location at the southwest corner of Beale and Main.

The development team includes general contractor Grinder Taber & Grinder Inc. and architect The Crump Firm Inc., according to the public building permit.

The expansion has been in the works for a while, but was delayed because of fundraising problems, according to a report by The Daily News in March 2013. Orpheum Vice President of Development Leanne McQuown said the delay was part of the process and not related to issues with fundraising.

Plans were scaled back from a three-story, 50,000-square-foot building, she said.

Earlier this month, Southland Park announced a $10,000 donation to the project.

Memphis Development Foundation, the group that runs the Orpheum, bought the parking lot next to the theater's building in 2012 for $1.2 million from Memphis Light Gas & Water.