Memphis Drum Shop and Blythe St.

Drum Shop has plans on Blythe

To our Cooper-Young Neighbors:

This is to let you know that I have recently purchased the property at 877, 883, and 885 Blythe Street. We plan to improve the value and appearance of the property with landscaping and improvements to the existing buildings. Plans are for the 877 Blythe church building to be used as an in-house recording/student studio, storage area, and single-family rental of the upstairs apartment. The 883 Blythe house will continue to be a single-family rental with the adjacent 885 Blythe property continuing to be parking area. Special events, limited to no more than three (3) times per year, might require the use of a temporary tent(s).

The 877 Blythe church building is currently being rented by the Salvation Army and is being used as a church and office space. The lease expires on September 30, 2011. They plan to have the new Kroc Center that is being built at Central and East Parkway completed by the spring or summer of 2011 and may move before the lease is completed.

We plan to remove the traffic that would be from our property to Blythe Street with the landscaping which will include a gate at the current entrance off Blythe Street. Church building, upstairs apartment, or rental house traffic and Memphis Drum Shop employees will enter and exit via the alley between the church building and Memphis Drum Shop. We are very excited about the Kroc center and what it will do for Memphis and, particularly, our neighborhood.

Memphis Drum Shop has enjoyed being a part of the Cooper-Young neighborhood since 1991. We have strived to be a good business neighbor, a contributing factor, and an asset to the community. We believe our plans for Blythe Street will enhance the image that both Memphis Drum Shop and the Cooper-Young neighborhood seek to promote.

If you have any comments or questions, please forward them to 878 South Cooper. We look forward to many more years of being your neighbor in Cooper-Young.


Jim Pettit


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  1. Thank you, Jim Pettit, for taking the time to write this letter. It’s very thoughtful and sincere – a nice gesture to the community. I wish more developers and business owners would reach out to our community in this manner when they plan on making changes to our neighborhood.

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