The Memphis City Council voted Tuesday to approve the long-sought historic overlay district status of Cooper-Young — but with a stipulation. To the chagrin of some of the Cooper-Young residents in the crowd, the council agreed that, if approved, they would return in two weeks to create a new city ordinance clearing up some of the language in the guidelines. Council member Kemp Conrad made a motion to approve Cooper-Young’s landmark status, conditional on the council creating an ordinance that will address the “major inconsistencies” in the historic guidelines. “It’s 300-plus acres, it hasn’t been done in 20 years, it’s a major policy issue, and it’s just not as simple as some people make...
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City Council Approves Cooper-Young Historic Status With Conditions