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Students return to the University of Memphis campus on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.  (Photo: Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal)

The University of Memphis is looking to build a new student housing complex on Deloach Street that could house more than 500 students. 

Separately, Memphis developer Amin Zaki is looking to build a mixed-use development with office space and apartments on the east side of Union Avenue Extended, just south of Poplar Avenue. 

Both are asking the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment for zoning exemptions for the projects. The cases will come before board during a Sept. 23 meeting. 

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U of M is seeking to build a gated complex of five, four-story buildings which would include two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units for a total of 523 beds between 135 units. The housing complex would also have almost 10,000 square feet of amenities space, including a gym, a leasing office and a study area. The complex would also include a pool, a beach volleyball area and multiple gardens as well as 265 parking spaces. 

At the corner of Deloach Street and Central Avenue, the university is looking to develop a plaza and build a restaurant and coffee shop. 

The area is currently zoned for single-family residential uses. 

This rendering shows the exterior of a proposed mixed-use development on Union Avenue Extended south of Poplar Avenue. (Photo: Courtesy of Amin Zaki)

Zaki’s proposed five-story project would be on the site of a vacant office building on Union Avenue Extended to the east of the Bank of America and south of Poplar Avenue. Currently, residential units are not allowed on the site. 

If built, the project would include space for offices or retail on the first floor and three or four floors of apartment space, with eight units on each floor. 

Corinne Kennedy covers development, soccer and COVID-19’s impact on hospitals for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @CorinneSKennedy

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