‘Orleans Station’ project to bring hundreds of apartments, retailers downtown

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Downtown Memphis will soon be home to hundreds of new residents and retailers.

A development project on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus is one step closer to construction.

The area will be renamed Orleans Station after the trolley stop outside the entrance of the project.

The Shelby County Board of Adjustment approved the project Wednesday.

Developers said the project will fill 10.2 acres with almost 372 apartments and 16,000 square feet of retail.

“The goal simply was to help the university build an environment that would enable them to recruit students, faculty and staff to the UT Health Science Center,” Alex Turley, one of the developers for the project, said.

“As we populate the neighborhood, we hope more places will pop up,” he said. “There is already a lot of that work going on in the neighborhood.”

Once completed, Turley said Orleans Station will breathe new life into the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s campus and the medical district.

“When people come to visit UTHSC, they’ll see they are in a vibrant and active neighborhood they want to live and go to school in,” he said.

The new project will border Madison, Manassas, Jefferson, and Orleans.

Turley said it’s a project more than four years in the making coming to fruition.

“We’re excited to put some of our energy into the Medical District and the Edge District and work with our neighbors to build a great neighborhood,” he said.

Turley expects to project to take about two years to complete.

He also said the developers will work with the campus and the city to improve crosswalks and make them safer for pedestrians.