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Memphis Commercial Appeal: Clark Tower owner plans campus setting

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Clark Tower’s owner has bought neighboring iBank Tower and plans to spruce up the acres of parking lots around the East Memphis landmarks with walkways to shops, stores and the restaurants on nearby Brookhaven Circle.

In-Rel Properties’ recent purchase of the iBank building at 5050 Poplar means for the first time one company now owns the side-by-side office towers.

Putting the major properties under one owner eases the way for a broader plan by multiple, neighboring landowners to thread new walking paths across vast parking lots and to remove barriers that had made even a walk to lunch difficult.

In-Rel bought the 22-story iBank building from New Mexico-based Gemini Rosemont. The new owner did not reveal the purchase price, which had not been posted by Wednesday afternoon on the websites of local government agencies. Florida-based In-Rel already owned the 34-story Clark Tower.

The real estate firm now plans to create an 18-acre office campus around the buildings. For months In-Rel executives also have been meeting with surrounding property owners to improve walking connections from Mendenhall to White Station between Poplar and Sanderlin.

Now, acres of parking lots, chain-link fences, traffic and other barriers divide the office towers, Whole Foods, Malco Paradiso, Sanderlin Centre, Double Tree by Hilton, Clark Centre and the restaurants and businesses on Brookhaven Circle.