by Toby Sells
Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges is apparently looking to give up the keys to his Central Avenue “castle.”
Facebook posts over the last two days from the perennial Memphis mayoral candidate and self-identified native of the planet Zambodia claim he is looking to give up Ashlar Hall, at 1397 Central, to a nonprofit group. Wednesday’s post welcomed “any licensed charitable organization interested in a donation” of the building to leave their intentions in the comments section of the post.
“Will need funding to renovate and operate, the building will not be demolished,” according to the post.
A Tuesday post said he is looking for a charitable organization with funds to renovate and operate already in place. “Business plan and financial statement required,” it said.
As of Thursday afternoon, more than 11,500 people “liked” the post and most of the commenters suggested giving the building to Choose901, the group dedicated to attracting talent to Memphis.
The group launched “Operation Ashlar,” a Facebook drive to “help Prince Mongo choose Choose901.”
“We would turn it into a social hub for young adults and a development center for nonprofits and schools,” says the Choose901 website.