A Crop of New Projects at Schilling Farms

Boyle’s 443-acre, mixed-use Schilling Farms community in Collierville continues its dominance as a prime location for corporate headquarters. Mueller Industries recently announced it will join several other companies with corporate headquarters in Schilling Farms, including Helena Chemical Company, MCR Safety, and Juice Plus. Mueller plans to relocate approximately 120 full-time employees to a new two-story, 50,000 square-foot building planned for a 3.5-acre site at the southeast corner of Schilling Boulevard and Schilling Boulevard East, just west of the Schilling Farms YMCA. Construction on the site is underway and is estimated to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

In addition, Syntel, a multinational provider of integrated technology of business services, now occupies 12,500 square feet of the first floor at 255 Schilling Blvd., along with Alston Construction, which has leased 3,000 square feet. Merle Norman recently opened a high-end cosmetics boutique and spa as part of the building’s retail component, where Boyle is working on leasing an additional 4,000 square feet to other office users or upscale retail concepts.

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Just a Few Units Remain at Carrington West in Schilling Farms

Only a few units remain available in the second phase of Boyle’s upscale multi-family community, Carrington West, a 125-unit boutique apartment and townhome community in the 443-acre mixed-use community in Collierville, Tennessee. Amenities at The Carrington and Carrington West include Blends Donut Café, gated parking with controlled access, a sparkling pool with sun shelf, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center with Wi-Fi. Residents at Carrington West are enjoying the newly opened Carrington Retail Center featuring Cheffie’s Café, Burn Boot Camp, and Pure Nails & Spa, all just a few steps away. Call Etta Johnson, Property Manager, at 901-854-0111 if you are interested in moving your family to Carrington West at Schilling Farms.

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Boyle is Proud to Support Blue Streak Donations to the Jubilee Schools

Record Year for Blue Streak!

Blue Streak donations to the Jubilee Schools:

  • 2004- $21,550
  • 2005- $72,414
  • 2006- $120,000
  • 2007- $190,406
  • 2008- $120,000
  • 2009- $63,698
  • 2010- $100,000
  • 2011- $100,000
  • 2012- $110,000
  • 2013- $220,000
  • 2014- $0
  • 2015- $177,000
  • 2016- $184,280
  • 2017- $292,733.89 & counting!
  • Total- $1,771,675.89

Our Blue Streak adventure has been a pretty incredible journey since the first check presentation to the Jubilee Schools back in 2004. I remember Tom Dorian and I having our heads shaved as a fundraiser thanks to Kevin and Pam Callahan. What I discovered from this and other experiences is the passion behind the work of Blue Streak.

Since that inaugural year, Blue Streak has donated over $1.7 million to the Jubilee Schools. This year, our goal has been $250,000, which would set a record and beat our 2013 donation of $220,000. With that being said, we not only reached our goal, but are now less than $8,000 from reaching $300,000 for the year!

At this stage of the school year, ideas are like the Gobi, energy is at brown-out level, with no recess time in sight. Nevertheless, being rapacious for the Jubilee Schools, my mind is fixated on $300,000.

The pinnacle is before us. Can we ascend to the summit (Not sure why I’m using mountain climbing metaphors)? We have two weeks left in this fiscal year, which ends on June 30th. It is going to be tough because we do not have any events planned and people are getting tired of hearing from me. I know this because my phone ain’t ringin’ and my inbox ain’t dingin’. Outgoing communication is an echo and responses scant. But, I ain’t givin’ up!

Hence, I’m using this blog to reach out to my fellow Blue Streakers in soliciting support to finish the year by accomplishing the outlandish; raising $300,000 for the Jubilee School! This would be an incredible achievement considering we first believed $250,000 would be unreachable. Because of the mind, heart, body, and soul of Blue Streakers involved in helping those most in need, obtaining $300,000 is now in my mind doubtless. The passion of the Blue Streakers for the Jubilee Schools is awe-inspiring.

So, this is just a simple ask, plea, request from me in the name of every Jubilee School student to the several hundred people out there who support Blue Streak. This is our last chance to make a difference for the 2016-17 school year.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. Silence won’t help. Action will. Not sure what else I can do. So, I’m reaching out for help. What can you do? Spread the word and bring others onboard. The finish line is near. Time to sprint.

Thank you to all who have helped make a positive difference in the lives of Jubilee students and their families as well as enabling Blue Streak to achieve a record breaking year!

God bless you,
Didier Aur

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2016 Multifamily Review & Forecast

Les Binkley, Vice President of Boyle Investment Company, was pleased to participate yesterday in the Memphis Daily News seminar yesterday on Commercial Real Estate. Les provided an update on the state of the multi-family sector and provided information on rental rates, vacancy rates, REIT sales, new multi-family developments in the greater Memphis area, and design trends.

His PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here.

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Interior Designer Crush: Ashley Binkley of York Binkley Interior Design

It seems like Ashley Binkley was destined to become an interior designer. At an early age, she discovered the wonder of color and textiles through shoes, clothing, and ribbons, which set her on her future career path. “I have always loved textiles and details from an early age but little did I know that would be my career path later in life,” says Ashley, who studied interior design at Auburn University. She apprenticed at Marc-Michaels Interior Design in Winter Park, FL, and then under Richard Keith Langham in New York before moving back to Memphis and working under Rhea Crenshaw. Ashley launched York Binkley Interior Design in 2014 and occasionally works with her husband, Les Binkley, a real estate developer. Today, we’re excited to get a little one-on-one time with our newest Interior Designer Crush. Welcome, Ashley Binkley!

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Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from the hidden beauty found in everyday life and the nuances of how we strive to improve the way we live each day.

How do you determine “the soul of a home?”

I feel the soul of a home lies with its owners and think the soul of a home isn’t as much a physical place as much as it is an outward manifestation of those who dwell in it. So I, of course, draw from the house itself and its unique characteristics but I tend to focus more on the owner’s personality and the lifestyle they live or aspire to live.

The Stratton House entry table and seasonal arrangement provides a welcoming focal point that seamlessly draws you into the surrounding rooms of the boutique B&B in Collierville.

The Stratton House entry table and seasonal arrangement provide a welcoming focal point that seamlessly draws you into the surrounding rooms of the boutique B&B in Collierville.

What influences you and how does that get translated into your design?

I’m influenced by all my observations throughout life, whether physical or emotional … observations of true beauty, as well as those in life that are not so beautiful — all of which shape my perspective of design. These observations hone my eye, which reinforces my ability to discern enduring beauty from fleeting fads in design.
I’m also influenced by colors in nature and the local vernacular of the agrarian South.

What has been your most challenging project to date and why?

Ha! That’s easy … any of my husband’s projects. He is my biggest critic but also my best encourager. His eye for design always impresses me.

This cozy library just makes you want to grab a cocktail and have a seat. The layering of textures and centering of chairs and ottoman on the fireplace create warmth and ground the room.

This cozy library just makes you want to grab a cocktail and have a seat. The layering of textures and centering of chairs and ottoman on the fireplace create warmth and ground the room.

In the same room, the addition of custom-designed mill work opposite the fireplace adds greater depth and subtle richness to the room.

In the same room, the addition of custom-designed millwork opposite the fireplace adds greater depth and subtle richness to the room.

What is your design aesthetic and how do you translate that to a client/homeowner?

I agree with (interior designer) Miles Redd: “Buy the best and you only cry once.”

How does Memphis’s design scene differ from that of the rest of the country?

I don’t feel it differs much. We have many talented designers in Memphis, each with our own unique approach. I always enjoy seeing work from our local design community. It’s inspiring in and of itself.

The clubhouse within the residential community of Schilling Farms shows a fresh approach to a classic design, which sets the tone throughout the entire project.

The clubhouse within the residential community of Schilling Farms shows a fresh approach to a classic design, which sets the tone throughout the entire project.

Mixing in a few modern elements into the design gives this traditional space new life.

Mixing in a few modern elements into the design gives this traditional space new life.

Share one design secret with us regular folk.

I’ll share two. One: Buy the best windows you can afford … never skimp on them. Second: Strive for a balanced mix of old and new … layer, layer, layer.

Who have been your industry role models/mentors and why?

Everyone I’ve studied under has influenced me in ways they will never know. I’m certainly grateful to each of them and the positive impact they have made on my career.

It’s important to show a little leg, which offsets skirted furniture and helps keep an appealing rhythm in the room.

It’s important to show a little leg, which offsets skirted furniture and helps keep an appealing rhythm in the room.

Do you have favorite local spots to hit as a resource?

Recently, I have had surprising success late-night rummaging through Sheffield Antiques for an eclectic find or two.

Thanks to Ashley for sharing her insight, tips, and expertise with our readers. And thanks to Julie Wage Ross for her beautiful photos of Ashley’s projects.

Article originally posts on Style BluePrint.

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Boyle Offers Class A Office Building at Schilling Farms

This new Class A office building at Schilling Farms in Collierville offers 25,000 SF of ground floor Class A space. Ideal for insurance agencies, banks, attorneys, or real estate agents.

Call Kathy Pampuro at Boyle at 766-4272 to discuss moving your company to this new office building, where Helena Chemical Company will occupy the second floor.

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Schilling Farms, LLC Makes Generous Donation to Schilling Farms Middle School (SFMS) STEM Program

Schilling Farms Middle School (SFMS) STEM Coordinator and STEM Innovations and Inventions Teacher – Mr. Erik Shoemake – is a recipient of a generous donation from Schilling Farms, LLC, which is a joint venture between Mr. Harry Smith and Boyle Investment Company.

Through Schilling Farm’s generous donation to SFMS’s STEM Program, Mr. Shoemake was able to procure necessary “real life-engineering” tools and equipment for hands-on learning and exploration. Mr. Shoemake used his donation to purchase several 3D-Printers, where he not only uses them for his STEM classes but for his competitive robotics teams as well.

Mr. Harry Smith and Mr. Gary Thompson, Vice President of Boyle Investment Company, had the opportunity to see Schilling Farms’ investment in 3D printers “in-use” while visiting Mr. Shoemake’s STEM and Robotics students at SFMS recently. Some examples printed from the STEM Classes were card holders, mini cones, spheres, and pyramids. Mr. Shoemake’s FTC Robotics Team successfully printed game elements, supportive wheelbases, phone clips and phone holders for use with their competitive robot.

Mr. Shoemake, his students and robotics teams sincerely thank Schilling Farms for making his donation available to them through SFMS’s STEM Program.

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Leasing Is Brisk at The Carrington at Schilling Farms

carrington pool shotLeasing has been brisk at Boyle’s new multi-family community in Collierville, The Carrington at Schilling Farms. The grand opening at the corner of Winchester and Schilling Boulevards was held in June with Collierville Mayor Joyner in attendance. The project, which consists of 111 boutique flats and townhomes, is quite small compared to the ordinary suburban project. The market is responding well and all 3-bedroom units have been leased. According to Les Binkley, Vice President of Boyle who oversaw development of the project, “We have created a great public realm with buildings that provide a high level of architectural detail and interior design. We avoided creating a monoculture that is found in so many parts of suburbia where you see sprawling multi-family communities behind gates with buildings endlessly repeated. The Carrington at Schilling Farms counterbalances this type of development and offers unique, refined living typically not found in multi-family communities.” Amenities include an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and secure parking. Call Etta Johnson at LEDIC for information about leasing. (901) 854-0111.

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Rusty Bloodworth remarks

Greetings from our West Tennessee region which spans across the Mississippi River into Arkansas and southward into northern Mississippi. Middle Tennessee’s initiative to create a statewide regional roundtable has been bearing a lot of fruit in our area. To build regionalism, several of our lead organizations (ULI Memphis, Community Development Council, and Livable Memphis) felt that it was important to choose a common initiative that all of our communities could get behind. We worked with the recently formed Office of Sustainability to pitch a broad-based greenways project to
HUD.

This came on the heels of a wildly successful Rails to Trails project called the Greenline that runs through the heart of our metro area.

Much to our glee, Shelby County has received a $2.6 million HUD Regional Planning Grant to develop the first regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan. We are about a third of the way through the initial process of identifying a regional network of greenways, blueways, bike paths and open spaces to connect four West Tennessee counties, Crittenden County. Ark. and Desoto County Mississippi into one cohesive and continuous network of trails that will eventually exceed 400 miles in length.

Over 80 partner organizations are involved as well as ten municipalities. An incredible, interactive web-based map has been created, and the project is moving forward at warp speed.

Simultaneously with the Greenprint effort, a grassroots spin-off of the Greenline rails to trails project spawned a regional vision of connecting walking and bike trails from West Tennessee to Arkansas across the Mississippi River using the active but aging Harrahan Bridge that carries rail traffic between the two states.

The heart of the project is an 18 million dollar pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the side of the bridge which almost a 100 years ago carried primitive automobiles. Boyle Investment Company, the firm I have been with for more than forty years, is making a major donation to the project.

Other efforts are ongoing to connect this project to the existing and active Greenline that would carry visitors and residents to our world-class green hub, the 4,500 acres Shelby Farms. Shelby Farms lies in the heart of Shelby County and is administered by a public-private Conservancy.

Working with Cumberland Region Tomorrow and the Surdna Foundation, ULI Memphis has also been advancing closer collaboration between the various municipalities in our region. Historically, there has been little positive interaction between the larger municipality of Memphis and the surrounding townships. Further, Memphis is bordered by three states, confounding cooperation. But it is a new day in our region, and a Surdna grant is helping us convene mayors from all three states. An important meeting of Mayors will be held at our new Kroc Center in just nine days, and the meeting is being led by mayors from all three states. We are especially grateful for your Mayor Ken Moore and his willingness to lend a hand at a follow-up meeting in June. We have great hopes for this initiative.

On the regional transportation front, someone has pointed out that the West Tennessee region “has the fastest, most agile and arguably the most connected airport on the globe.” This is partially due to the main FedEx hub being located in Memphis. From 1993 to 2009, Memphis had the largest cargo operations by volume of any airport in the world. Our airport fell into the second position worldwide in 2010, following Hong Kong; it remained the busiest cargo airport in the United States. Plus, the region is served by five Class I railroads, a distinction few other major cities in the nation can boast. Coupled with river and barge traffic, this makes the area around our airport of special significance. Our chamber is leading a drive to revision this critical area as an Aerotroplis – a high-powered, multi-modal logistical center of national significance, and a visioning plan are near completion.

Finally, in collaboration with Cumberland Region Tomorrow, The City of Memphis and with help from the Knoxville region, ULI Memphis, our Community Development Council and Board of Realtors have been pushing forward a Complete Streets agenda to serve all municipalities in our region. I am happy to report that Mayor Wharton signed a Complete Streets policy a month ago, and we are working on the development of a Design Manual with the hope that it can be a model for other municipalities in our region.

Summing up, we are excited about the opportunities for regionalism in our area and congratulate all of you here in Middle Tennessee for all you are accomplishing to move your region forward.

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