671 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
The Historic James Lee House Has a New Life!
We are popping the champagne corks here at the Community Development office! The historic James Lee house is now in the capable hands of José and Jennifer Velázquez and the renovations are underway for the transformation into The James Lee House Bed & Breakfast. This represents a 2.3 million dollar private investment for Victorian Village and will be the catalyst for other new development and improvement projects.
The Lee House sat empty for over 50 years, but was protected and cared for by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. We owe them a great debt for their stewardship. Mayor Wharton and the Downtown Memphis Commission, led by Paul Morris, have been invaluable partners in keeping the project on track.
Join us to celebrate the project launch
Monday, July 1 from 4 - 6 p.m.
690 Adams Avenue
Refreshments, entertainment, and a peek at the
plans for this elegant bed and breakfast
with Mayor AC Wharton, Councilman Lee Harris,
and new owners, José and Jennifer Velázquez,
J.W. Gibson and Cathy Buckman.
Mallory-Neely House Museum
The newly opened Mallory-Neely House Museum and the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum continue to see an increase in visitors. Both attractions, along with the Mollie Fontaine Lounge, create this sense of place that draws and keeps tourists in the neighborhood for several hours.
"Brand new paint job and roof"
We are now in the first design phase for the Renovation and Improvements to Morris Park, with the actual work scheduled to begin in July of 2015.
VVI is also rolling out the Jefferson Avenue Greenway plan that will connect Front Street to the Medical Center as a pedestrian and bicycle corridor.
The VVI Board of Directors have been actively creating our Strategic Plan that takes a long-range planning view. The plan is in the draft stage, but a clear direction is emerging that focuses on new residential and commercial development as well as building stronger relationships with area businesses and residents. The plan will be published within the next few months on our website.
IT TRULY TAKES A VILLAGE
Your support allows us to continue our mission
to preserve, enhance, and grow this historically significant neighborhood.
OUR PREMISE IS SIMPLE
If we can create an active neighborhood with families out walking the dog, playing in the parks, supporting the medical district, and creating strong economic drivers, we can save the historic properties in Victorian Village by making them the center of vibrant activity.
We are a nonprofit community development corporation that exists to create a dynamic and diverse urban neighborhood that treasures our architectural heritage and builds a community that is safe, clean, and prosperous.