Overton Square Updates

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Ongoing Renovations

Bar Louie: The air-conditioning units that were removed this past Friday were from the top of the future Bar Louie space, at 2125 Madison. They have already started construction and demo work inside, and are also planning to build a 1,700 SF outdoor patio.  They plan to be open for business in February 2013.

Renovation Plans: Renovations to the “west building” (2087-2097 Madison, the building which includes Memphis Pizza Café & Golden India) are currently underway. We have made extensive structural repairs to each space, internally and externally, and we are painting the exterior with the new color scheme (our designer is Jack Rainey of Rainey Contract Designs). Other changes include added modern commercial storefronts to the Trimble-facing spaces and repaired rear balconies for the Madison-facing spaces. We are making these renovations and changes to bring the buildings up-to-date and more leasable for today’s retailer, while maintaining their historical character.

Other Renovations: The “east building” (the curved building including Bar Louie and the former Friday’s space, 2115-2125 Madison) exterior and interior structural repairs, including painting and art (see below). The middle building (or “atrium building”) will begin major renovations January 1.

Memshop/Holiday Market: The Mayor’s Innovation Team is sponsoring a pop-up holiday market at Overton Square with over 30 artists selling their wares, as well as a community café, a pop-up clothing store, music, and more. It will take place the three weekends leading up to Christmas. See their facebook page for more information.

2116 Madison/”The Cottage”: After demolishing the breezeway that connected this building to the former Paulette’s, extensive structural and exterior repairs have been made to this 1,500 sf former residential building, including the addition of a handicap-accessible ramp. It is now being painted and an outdoor patio is planned for the “front yard” facing Madison Ave. While it is still currently available for lease, we are getting close to signing a lease with a new restaurant concept who would open late winter/early spring 2013.

Public Art Updates

This is being headed up internally by Lou Loeb. Local artist Carol DeForest has been hired as our public art consultant; together with Lou and the Overton Square arts committee, the following projects are underway:

  • Mural by David Lynch on the north face wall of Bari Ristorante
  • Large-scale sculpture by Yvonne Bobo
  • Mosaic by Lea Holland
  • Backlit stained glass by Suzy Hendrix for the upstairs windows above the former TGIFriday’s
  • Interactive music exhibit by Sean Murphy for the Trimble Courtyard