Memphis is constantly growing, so the planned $57 million in improvement to the Memphis Cook Convention Center has restarted a discussion about the conflict of Memphis’ downtown density.

A goal for Downtown Memphis in the coming years is to become more dense. The Downtown Memphis Commission’s vice president Leslie Gower has mentioned the One Beale project, that will feature a 255 room hotel. Although this project is still tentative, it is an exciting thing for the future of the Downtown Memphis skyline. “We’re realizing that we need larger hotels that can accommodate these conventions coming to Memphis,” said Leslie Gower, the DMC’s marketing and communications vice president.

“Usually the larger properties have larger sales forces. They have lots of meeting space. They bring business to the market versus just spreading business around,” said Kevin Kane.

Hopefully with a denser downtown, more conventions, business meetings and events will decide to choose Memphis as their destination in their coming years.