Landmarks year in the works

Since July of last year, a committee of your neighbors has been meeting to explore the creation of a Landmarks District in Cooper-Young. Most of the communities surrounding Cooper-Young are already enjoy this designation, conveyed by the city’s Landmarks Commission as a historic preservation measure. Because of this, Central Gardens, Rozelle-Annesdale, and Glenview, among others, have an extra layer of protection from demolitions and infill development that does not match the historic character of their communities.

The catalyst for the Cooper-Young effort was the demolition of numerous historic homes in the area and the construction of new structures that did not match the historic character of our 100-year-old community. Concerns were voiced on Nextdoor, and the topic came up in the process of developing our five-year plan last year. After defining the value that landmarks status would bring to our community, the committee began drafting guidelines that could help protect the historic nature of Cooper-Young.

In mid-February, we held our first community meeting to discuss the purpose of a Landmarks District, the process and the guidelines that the committee drafted. Several additional community meetings on this topic will be held in the coming months, and we need your feedback to ensure that the guidelines are the best fit for Cooper-Young. We will also need your vote in order for us to achieve this goal and become a Landmarks District. Please come to the upcoming meetings, learn about details and vote when you have the opportunity to help influence the development of Cooper-Young for decades to come. — Mark Morrison

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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