Susan, the Walk A Mile thing along with the plaza is comin down. That's already been clarified.
Sillerman's got restaurants and retail all in his plan. Maybe not an actual EPM replica. But soemthin is bein planned, trust me. Oh I forgot...you don't, lol.
Presley31, I aint tryin to argue with you. I just said what you posted that EPE replied to aint sayin nothin new and it aint sayin it's not gonna be a big project.
Who spend $300 M on soemthin that aint big? Come on folks....use yalls heads, geez.
More information from EPE.
FAQs About Recent Announcements Regarding The Future Of Graceland 3/16/2006
For many, many years, members of the Elvis Presley Enterprises management team, including Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley, have dreamed of building visitor center, hotel and Elvis exhibition facilities far superior to the nice facilities we have developed thus far. Today, with the resources and leadership available to EPE with its new parent company, CKX, headed by Robert F.X. Sillerman, it appears that our dreams could be coming true very soon. We anticipate much of it could be completed within three years. Recent news coverage of CKX/EPE’s plans for the future of the Graceland properties has been inaccurate and misleading. Reporters misconstrued some of the information they were given. Here, we answer the most frequently asked questions from Elvis fans and our colleagues in the tourism industry.
Will Graceland tours close temporarily during the development of the new facilities? No. Graceland tour operations will not be interrupted at any time as a result of the construction.
Will the Heartbreak Hotel on the Graceland complex be closing soon to make way for the new hotel? No. The proposed new hotel could be as much as three years in development. Heartbreak Hotel will continue in full operation at least until the new hotel opens, and it is possible that Heartbreak Hotel could continue operating on a permanent basis after that. We recently completed another round of upgrades to Heartbreak Hotel for the comfort and enjoyment of our guests and are about to start work on a new second elevator to supplement the operation of the existing one. We will continue to make the unique experience of staying at Heartbreak Hotel a pleasure for all our guests.
Will there continue to be new and exciting exhibits added to the Graceland experience between now and when the new exhibit facilities open? Absolutely. Each season, as always, there will be something new to see as items rotate in and out of our primary exhibits at Graceland Mansion that present the story of Elvis’s life and career, and in the annual re-theming of our Sincerely Elvis Museum across the street in Graceland Plaza. This year’s new exhibit for Sincerely Elvis just opened. It is called Elvis ’56 and it takes a month-by-month look at the year Elvis Presley was catapulted to superstardom. Also just opened is a new exhibit in the Graceland Crossing shopping center called Elvis After Dark, which is themed around the nightlife of Elvis in his personal and professional life.
Is opening the upstairs for tours part of the plan for the Graceland tour experience? No. Our company policy and the personal policy of Graceland Mansion’s sole owner, Lisa Marie Presley, is that the upstairs is to remain private. See our regular FAQ item about this matter.
Will there be new construction on the Graceland Mansion grounds or any remodeling of the house? No. Our goal and our sacred responsibility is to preserve the Graceland Mansion and grounds and maintain their historical integrity forever. One change in the tour experience once the planned new museum opens in our new visitor center is that we will have the space to present the story of Elvis’s life and career in greater context, so the trophy room and the racquetball court at the mansion no longer will be needed for that purpose. The trophy room then can be used for special Elvis exhibits yet to be determined and the racquetball court can return to its original look.
References have been made to Disneyland or Disney World in descriptions of the new development of the visitor center properties. Does that mean Graceland is about to be surrounded by a theme park setting including rides? Some media coverage has suggested there might be a Vegas or hotel casino type of look – is that true? No. Any references that have been made to Disney have been because Disney is thought of as setting and maintaining the platinum standard for beautiful visitor facilities and outstanding guest service. Some press misconstrued that. And any suggestions that we are going for a Vegas type of look are pure fabrication. Our goal with the new development of our visitor center properties is to create an elegant, beautiful atmosphere for the Graceland visitor experience.
Will the Elvis Radio/Sirius 13 studio booth in Graceland Plaza go away because of the new development? Someday the booth could be relocated somewhere else on our visitor center property, but that will not happen anytime soon. Elvis is the only artist with his own full-time radio station and ElvisRadio on Sirius Channel 13 has become one of the best ways fans around the world celebrate Elvis. The dee-jays will continue to create their popular shows and the booth will continue to be one of the must-visit stops when visiting Graceland.
Will the Graceland Plaza visitor center - including the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and the Elvis airplanes exhibit - and the Graceland Crossing shopping center go away? Eventually, most or possibly all of the structures on these properties will be removed to make way for new facilities. But, that will not happen anytime soon. Whether the automobile exhibit and airplanes will remain in their current locations or be moved elsewhere on our complex remains to be determined. The current Graceland Plaza and Graceland Crossing and all the shops and attractions there will remain in full, uninterrupted operation for a good while to come and we will continue to maintain and refine these properties in the meantime.
There have been statements about possible improvements to the neighborhood that the Graceland complex is part of. What’s that about? On February 23, 2006, CKX chief Robert F.X. Sillerman, with the supportive presence of Tennessee Congressman and Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr. and EPE CEO Jack Soden, reached out to local business and government leaders at a breakfast meeting of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce with some basic information about our plans. Then, Sillerman, Ford and Soden had meetings with Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton, and some key business leaders. The goal was to garner the support of the local government and business community for the Graceland developments and to inspire them to redevelop and revitalize the area leading up to and surrounding the Graceland complex. Community revitalization efforts in recent years, although successful to some degree, have been slow. Our hope is that the CKX/EPE major reinvestment in the Graceland complex will touch off a faster paced beautification and revitalization of the whole neighborhood. This would be a pleasure for Elvis fans and others visiting Graceland and, of course, could do wonders for the economy of our community and the betterment of the lives of our neighbors.
When will more details be available and how can I be in the loop? We are in the very preliminary planning stages at this time and our plans and decisions are continually evolving. What we have stated thus far is a general overview of our intentions. Over the course of these next few years of development we will share with you as often as possible any available updates, including drawings, photos, etc., along with information about development in the surrounding neighborhood. The postings will be in News here on Elvis.com. Each time we post an update article, we will issue an alert via our free e-newsletters service, so do please sign up for the newsletters so you won’t miss any of the information and excitement. Periodically, members of the Elvis Insiders will be treated to special advance information and images on their members-only message board.
Thanks presley31, as EPE is the only source that I trust
Mods, it's way past this thread's bedtime
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I have some experience in large building projects. It was "privately funded" 127 acres developed into a retirement communtity. The plans were approved by city, county, and state. The contractors gave a tentative time of 3 years to build 44 duplexes, 2 apartment buildings with 50 large 2 bedroom apartments and 20 patio apartments per unit and private roads for all the developement- connected to the city roads. It took 5 years and still it was not complete-but it could be opened to start leasing the units done in that 5 year span.
This project is on a much grander scale than the one I was involved in.
If it runs smooth as silk-no problems at all I'd guess at least 5 years. If it has a lot of problems-who knows. It may end up being finished as the complex I described-some things done and opened while others are still being built. I am not trying to argue with you I am trying to point out it will happen in its own time depending on literally hundreds of things involved. The city signing on to the project was the easiest part. IMO.
Whatever L. you've no proof of your claims and look again what I said about Walk A Mile I never said it was staying. LOL
Thank you Presley31 I was abotu to post the same darn thing LOL
Exactly! On top of which Sillerman obtained a corporate welfare fund (how that was managed I've no idea as he's a multi billionaire) but anyway, yes all that was said by KPM is correct as we have a construction/finish carpentry business.
What i'm sayin though is that those problems aint of a concern with this because of it's location and settin.
All i'm sayin is that it's a done deal.
It may take 4-5 years, despite what I was told, which accordin to what EPE officials told the CC, it's expected to be 3-4 at the most.
This aint an overnight development proposal.
It was proposed back in February 06, almost 2 years ago.
Folks in Memphis been waitin to see changes, like bulldozers and dirt turned.
But from what I was told, EPE expects to start turnin dirt as early as February, AS OF RIGHT NOW.
That can all change considerin how long the new CC takes approvin the rezonin readings.
Lakeisha I said 3-4 yrs. and you or EP75 said I was wrong...hmmm odd that you are saying the same now. LOL
No I posted that EPE has not changed their stance, nor has Sillerman.
New from today from Gold collectors news
Billionaire Plans to Spend Millions on Graceland.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WHBQ FOX13 myfoxmemphis.com) -- The process for renovating Graceland officially kicks off Tuesday and more money than originally thought is expected to be invested in Elvis' Memphis home.
The name "Elvis Presley" and the rights to Graceland are owned by billionaire businessman Robert Sillerman.
Tuesday the Memphis City Council plans to clear the way for Sillerman to make more than $200 million worth of improvements near Elvis' Memphis mansion.
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2007/12/07 www.myfoxmemphis.com / www.epgold.com