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By Updated: May 04, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: May 03, 2019 5:22 PM CT
  • Memphis-area home sales decline 
  • Rhodes College names interim vice president for student life
  • $40M building permit filed for One Beale Hyatt Centric hotel

Home sales decline 

Memphis-area home sales for April fell 0.9 percent from a year ago, with 1,708 total sales recorded by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

But sales rose 11.6 percent from March, when 1,530 transactions occurred, the association reported Friday.

The average sales price in April compared to April 2018 fell 0.7 percent, to $177,889.

Inventory rose 6.6 percent; 4,056 units were for sale. Year-to-date sales volume rose 1.5 percent, to $990.4 million.  

- Daily Memphian Staff

Rhodes College names interim vice president for student life

Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass has named Dr. Darrell Ray as the college’s interim vice president for student life.

Ray will join Rhodes from the University of Memphis, where he most recently served as vice president for student affairs.

“The student life division at Rhodes is doing great work,” Ray said in a release. “I’m excited to join a team that’s focused on providing students the support they need to thrive at a national liberal arts and sciences college.”

Ray has a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a master’s in higher education administration from the University of Alabama, earned his Ph.D at the University of Georgia, and has taught in the higher education administration program at LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education.

Other past roles of Ray's include assistant vice president of student affairs, associate dean of students, and director of the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement at LSU.

Ray will begin his new role as Rhodes’ interim vice president for student life July 1.

- Natalie Martin

$40M building permit filed for One Beale Hyatt Centric hotel

A $40 million building permit has been filed for One Beale’s Hyatt Centric hotel at 33 Beale Street.

The permit, valued at $40 million, was filed May 2 by 33 Beale Street Hotel Co. LLC,  and calls for construction of the new hotel as well as renovation of an existing building.

The new hotel will be nine stories, total 144,857 square feet and feature 227 rooms. Architecture firm HBG Design will design the project, and Uzun + Case will be the engineer.

- Natalie Martin


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