‘One Beale’ one step closer to reality

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The hotel and apartment complex development known as 'One Beale' is one step closer to becoming part of the Memphis skyline.

"We've got a long road to travel, but we hope we've got a more clear path to get there," Chase Carlisle, with the Carlisle Group, explained.

One Beale was Gene Carlisle's baby.

Sadly he died in May before he could see it become a reality.

Now his son Chase said he was working to see it through.

"We want to take this city forward. We want to show people where we are headed. And we think this is an opportunity to do that," Carlisle said.

But it's the growing pains that had neighbors voicing their concern.

They were worried about their view of the river and all the extra traffic.

"What I am looking at now is something that will change our way of life down there, forever," Richard Cook told the Land Use Control Board.

WREG was told this project would require some rule changes because the plans are much bigger than the current rules allow.

The final plans have yet to be drawn up, and that had Louis Patrick worried.

"Essentially it cuts off access to enjoyment of the river to everyone except residents inside the building," Patrick added.

Following public comment the Land Use Control Board voted unanimously in favor of the project.

Chairman Jon McCreery of the board told those with concerns there's still plenty of time to work it all out.

"This is just the first stop. The buildings are not going to be there when you wake up," McCreery explained.

But the Carlisle group said this first step was a good sign.

"We'd like to be starting early next summer. That would be best case scenario," Carlisle said.

The next step is City Council Approval.

They are expected to take up the issue in the next four to six weeks.

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