South City Grand Opening
WREG - Yesterday, a ribbon cutting marked the grand opening of the first phase of South City with 114 new mixed-income homes on a portion of the site of the former Foote Homes complex. The total number of residences will be 600 townhouse and walk-up apartments in five phases. Former residents of Foote Homes, which was often cited for poor living conditions, crime, and violence, are optimistic that this is the first step in a long-term revitalization strategy. LRK provided planning, urban design, architecture, and interior design services for South City. LRK’s Frank Ricks, Rob Norcross, and project architect Alex Bruce attended the celebration.
“The opening of South City represents a giant leap forward for the city of Memphis and a promising future for the new and returning residents of Foote Homes,” remarked Alex Bruce. “We worked carefully to design a neighborhood that creates a sense of community, a place that residents can be proud to call home.” The variety of architectural styles and details are inspired by the “Best of Memphis,” creating a seamless connection to the adjacent neighborhoods. The front porches, balconies, playgrounds, and community park all help to create a safe, healthy, walkable neighborhood. Alex noted that, “This energy and sense of place will be only be amplified as future phases are completed.”