REFURBAN MEMPHIS LLC
With no waste-to-energy facilities in
Tennessee, most waste material in the
state is exported to the nearest disposal
facility in Alabama. Refurban Memphis
LLC saw this as an opportunity to intercept the waste exports and redirect them
into ethical storage facilities for reuse. In
order to do so, Refurban Memphis LLC
acquired the Historic Bakery
Manufacturing Plant to create Tennessee’s
first waste-to-energy facility.
Previously vacant for nearly 20 years,
the 130,000-square-foot property features
a manufacturing warehouse, office space,
17 loading docks, three freight doors and
more across a four-acre piece of land.
Initially, Refurban Memphis LLC was
solely interested in recycling electronics
and furniture to help reduce landfill
deposits, however, the company’s impact
quickly grew to new heights beyond their
expectations, as they attempt to solve
Tennessee’s waste challenges. The company also seeks to develop new products
out of waste, partnering with artists to create innovative reuses through company
Securing a private investment of
$300,000, Refurban Memphis LLC was
able to fund the renovation of the manu-
facturing facility in two separate phases.
Phase One entailed improving 40,000
square feet of warehouse space to launch
Tennessee’s first Business Incubator/
Accelerator in 2017, supporting work-
force training programs and minority-
owned, zero-waste innovative businesses.
Phase Two includes education within the
programs; investing funds for office and
workshop space to identify what can and
cannot be recycled/composted.
In renovating the manufacturing
plant, a few major issues were overcome.
Initially, there was a lack of capital to
begin renovations. To complete efforts in
cleaning out the old bakery and remov-
ing hazards to obtain their occupancy
permit, the team worked closely with
contractors to break down costs and
source reclaimed building materials, cut-
ting expenses in half. They also experi-
enced a lack of proper equipment to
carry out jobs. In order to acquire the
necessary materials, the company bar-
tered storage space and parking services
at their warehouse, with people who
could provide such materials. Finally, the
company saw challenges in securing the
appropriate funds to hire employees.
Spending the majority of their money on
renovations, the company strategically
built incubators and recruited talented
tenants to offer services needed in the
field, in exchange for space to work.
The company recently received sole procurement status with the State of Tennessee,
becoming the go-to vendor for Ethical
Disposal of waste, expanding their waste
materials from electronics and furniture to
metals, wood, plastics and tire waste.
The company completed their first full
year in business, acquiring equipment
and assets, with no balance due. Last
year, the company diverted 82 tons of
waste from landfills, encouraging others
to rethink waste.
across nearly 125,000 square feet, featuring retail and commercial space, a public
area and a 500-unit apartment community. Looking to bring life back to the area
and promote community connections,
the firm plans to cultivate a thriving social
neighborhood scene with dining, fitness
and entertainment options. Located at
Germantown Avenue and Second Street,
the formerly Schmidt’s Commons is being
repositioned to revitalize The Piazza, shifting attractions and physically moving the
community hub to hold events in the
expansion of Piazza Pod Park.
Recognizing that the success of the
development is dependent on the success
of the communal space, the firm employed
a dynamic programming strategy to inten-
tionally appeal to everyone in the neigh-
borhood; acquiring renown, established
Philadelphia eateries, fresh, family-ori-
ented attractions, as well as quaint, local
businesses, all new to the neighborhood.
For the extension of the adjacent courtyard and retail offerings of The Piazza,
Piazza Pod Park secured demographically-specific vendors to occupy 14 repurposed
shipping containers in the aforementioned, unused parking lot to serve as the
main focus of the project. The innovative
retailer collective will feature pop-up
shops from local vendors, offering fitness,
wellness, food and beverage services,
showcasing the property’s potential.
Vendors of the park include: Essen Bakery,
Lil Sum Sum, Tiki Tacos, New Liberty
Distillery, Empanada Box, Fit Academy,
Tildie’s Toy Box and more.
The park will also exhibit public art
installations, seating for 300 people, 200
parking spaces and a two-level enclosed,
climate-controlled dining pod and roof
The Post Brothers development team
overcame challenges in reimagining the
area’s neglected residences. The development team has begun renovating the
apartment complex with new finishes,
planning to construct a new pool and fitness center within the property’s courtyard.
Rent in the area has already increased
by 10% since the acquisition of The
Piazza, due to hands-on management and
rebranding campaigns. Upon renovations
and retail repositioning, The Piazza alone
is currently valued at $275 million, with
numbers expecting to grow following the
summer 2019 launch, as the park thrives
as a community centerpiece.