Reappraisal of Defunct Memphis Rail Line Closer to Original Offer

SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

MEMPHIS, TN - A new state appraisal of a defunct rail corridor in Shelby County sets the value of the CSX-owned line at about $2.5 million, well below the nearly $16 million the company wants to sell it for.

The city of Memphis and Shelby County have offered $2 million for the Midtown-to-Cordova corridor that they hope to use for recreation trails and a light-rail line.

Darrell Eldred, who has led a private investment group trying to raise money for the deal, says CSX should not continue to demand the higher price when their tax assessment has been lowered.

A CSX spokeswoman had no information on the latest appraisal.

The corridor is 13 miles long and 100 feet wide.

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