Neighborhood Preservation, Inc.

Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. was founded in 2012 by a group of Memphis’s economic and community development leaders. The organization, which is a privately funded, tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit, was conceived out the recognition that citizens and local government needed a more aggressive and focused private-sector partner to work on the complex legal issues around blight abatement and move nuisance properties back into productive use.

Blighted properties are not only unproductive as tax-generating properties – they have a substantial depressing effect on other properties and parcels in their vicinity. Every blighted property that NPI can help demolish or renovate leads to substantial and immediate economic gains for local government.

With some 13,000 vacant or blighted properties within the city limits, the scale of the problem – and the opportunity it presents – is immense.



Strategic litigation

Working with code enforcement officers, neighborhood leaders, businesses, and other stakeholders to identify problem properties and use innovative legal strategies to compel their demolition, repair, or title transfer.


Blight is a legal issue, and NPI works with lawmakers, policy-makers, elected officials, and their staff to reform existing policies or enact new ones – at the state and local levels – that make blight remediation faster and simpler. This includes advocating for increased resources for relevant local and state agencies, as well as fixes to existing laws that will make them clearer and more functional for all parties.



When appropriate and necessary, NPI is able to serve as a temporary custodian of property, upon appointment by the Shelby County Environmental Court. In this capacity, NPI works to secure properties and prepare them for sale to reputable owners/developers that can restore them to productive, profitable use.


  • 25.10.2015

    ‘Now what?’ A host of challenges will greet Strickland

    ‘Now what?’ A host of challenges will greet Strickland, new City Council, starting Jan. 1 By Kyle Veazey Nearing midnight Thursday at his victory party at the Memphis Botanic Garden, as the final well-wishers trickled out the door and the balloons had long been popped, mayor-elect…


  • 25.10.2015

    Historic Clayborn Temple could come back to life

    Historic Clayborn Temple could come back to life By Siobhan Riley New life may soon come for a vital piece of the Civil Rights movement in Memphis. A multi-million dollar project aims to restore Clayborn Temple where Civil Rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King…


  • 08.10.2015

    Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored

    Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored By Madeline Faber Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what…


  • 27.08.2015

    City files 1,000th suit against owners of blighted properties

    City files 1,000th suit against owners of blighted properties By Ryan Poe The city of Memphis filed its 1,000th lawsuit against owners of blighted properties Thursday — a milestone for a fledgling program and a city that has ramped up blight litigation in recent years.…


  • 18.08.2015

    Problem Properties

    Neighborhood Preservation working to remedy blight in Memphis By Madeline Faber Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots. Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded…


  • 07.08.2015

    In the universe of Memphis blight fighting, all roads lead to Steve Barlow

    In the universe of Memphis blight fighting, all roads lead to Steve Barlow By Kyle Veazey Steve Barlow turns left off Winchester Road onto Cazassa Road one recent sun-scorched morning, and the apocalypse is on both sides. On the left, there’s the moonscape that is…


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Steve Barlow

Sheila Jordan-Cunningham

Archie Willis

Qunicy Jones


George Cates, Chairman

Roshun Austin

Ron Belz

Bob Loeb

Bobbi Gillis

Nika Martin

Corie Rivers

John Pontius

Jason Wexler



1755 Kirby Parkway
Suite 110
Memphis, TN 38120