Request for new St. Jude parking garage denied

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A request by the ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to build a controversial new, seven-story parking garage at the northeast corner of A.W. Willis and Third St. has been denied.

The vote from the Memphis Shelby County Board of Adjustment came Wednesday afternoon, nixing the ALSAC’s hopes for the structure.

ALSAC sent FOX13 the following statement, saying that they will continue working on parking arrangements for a growing workforce.

“We appreciate the Board of Adjustment evaluating our proposal today, though we are disappointed with the result as this could adversely impact our planned missional expansion. We will continue to explore our options to expand our campus, including returning to the Board of Adjustment at the appropriate time, since we have significant new construction planned on the western side of campus and the Pinch District and need additional parking to accommodate our growing workforce. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, have added more than 1,200 jobs over the past six years, and likely will add approximately 1,800 more jobs over the next six years. This growth will allow us to advance research and lifesaving treatment for children worldwide and continue to create new local opportunities for investment and employment.”

The decision to deny the new parking garage, which would have around 1,500 parking spaces, comes after residents in the Greenlaw and Uptown communities voiced opposition against the construction of the seven-story garage.

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Those community members said that the garage would go against the Memphis 3.0 plan which was developed by St. Jude, the City of Memphis and residents, that the garage would disrupt the beautiful green space in the community where the garage was planned to be built and that it would better serve traffic to build it on Danny Thomas where it was originally planned to go.

An alternate site may now be used - the City of Memphis General Services Lot, which is owned by ALSAC.

The City of Memphis is scheduled to vacate that property on North Manassas in 2023.

The general services lot was the location originally chosen for the parking garage project, according to residents in the area.

That site would also put the parking garage directly next to two other St. Jude buildings that have been added in the last five years.