Downtown Memphis sees construction crews return

Downtown Memphis sees construction crews return (Image 1)
Downtown Memphis sees construction crews return (Image 1)

By BILL DRIES
Memphis Daily News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Great Recession silenced construction crews throughout the Memphis area, and that was especially evident Downtown, where ambitious, skyline-changing projects were put on hold, reconfigured or scrapped altogether.

But after some tentative first steps in an uncertain recovery, the sounds of commerce have returned as bulldozers and cranes creep back to life.

Construction in Downtown's core is on the rebound, although the plans that remain relevant have new elements and some construction companies didn't survive the slump.

Jeff Hutzel is president of Hutzel Construction Co. Inc. He acknowledged about three years ago downtown construction was dead. But he says now he's got at least two downtown contracts.

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