First look at proposed Guest House at Graceland
By Lynnanne Nguyen, Reporter
Many had a first look at plans for the proposed new 450-room hotel "The Guest House at Graceland," coming possibly in 2015 to Elvis Presley's Graceland in Whitehaven.
"The Guest House" will go up on the property north of Elvis' Graceland mansion.
The community got a first look at the plans. The meeting took place inside Graceland's car museum.
The plan is to invest $70 million into this property to build a six-floor, 450-room hotel. It's going to go at the corner of Elvis Presley Boulevard and Old Hickory Road and all of it will be funded with private dollars.
The land of the proposed hotel currently holds an old car dealership but Elvis Presley Enterprises has already started tearing down old apartment buildings to make way for the new hotel.
Plans for "The Guest House at Graceland" include a restaurant, sports lounge and some Elvis-themed suites. The hotel will also be modeled after the Graceland mansion, with similar roofing, interiors and colors.
Memphis city leaders say $70 million project will bring jobs and improve property values in the area. They're also hoping to recruit other businesses to develop around the new hotel.
Residents say it's a win-win for Whitehaven.
"I'm excited about the development of Graceland," said Keith Williams. "Particularly knowing it will attract industry and restaurants and the kind of of amenities we so richly deserve out here."
Residents who live right behind the proposed site are concerned about issues like lighting, parking, and traffic, but they tell us from what they've seen it's been so far, so good.