Mid-South Community College to Name $9M Renewable Energy Center after Congressman Marion Berry; Serenity Towers at Midtown Memphis to Get Makeover

By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor Mid-South Community College recently announced it will name its newest facility in honor of retired Congressman Marion Berry, as an acknowledgment of his efforts to direct more than $55 million to Eastern Arkansas for educational and [...]

Mid-South Community College recently announced it will name its newest facility in honor of retired Congressman Marion Berry, as an acknowledgment of his efforts to direct more than $55 million to Eastern Arkansas for educational and economic development.

The 35,000-square-foot Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center will include a chemistry lab, five multi-use classrooms and a 200-seat multi-use lecture hall, according to the Memphis Business Journal. In addition, the state-of-the-art facility will feature a large meeting room, renewable energy technology training equipment, diesel maintenance/service bays, a biofuel production facility, a biofuel testing facility and a comprehensive engine testing center that will support state and regional biofuel and transportation industries, as reported in a press release.

The $9 million renewable energy center will be dedicated in spring 2012.

In other news, the Commercial Appeal reports that Serenity Towers at Midtown, the senior residence formerly known as Highland Towers, is about to get a major makeover.

Orlando, Fla.-based Elevation Financial Group acquired the property last year from New Wesley Highland Towers Associates, an entity affiliated with Security Properties Inc. of Seattle, for $1.75 million.

The two-tower property near the University of Memphis is undergoing $3.5 million in renovations, which will include remodeling of its apartments, all common areas and its building systems.

Serenity Towers provides affordable and market-rate housing to residents who are 62+ in one-bedroom and efficiency apartment suites; monthly rents range from $395 to $425 in the east tower and $495 to $595 in the west tower. The senior community features amenities such as a cafe, salon, sundry store, legal clinic, library, a fitness room and two laundry facilities.

The occupancy rate is currently 68, but it is expected to reach 100 percent by the summer of 2012, when restoration is complete.

Photo credits to www.serenitytowersmemphis.com.