For two weeks, residents of Clinton and the entire metro Jackson area have seen signs encouraging them to “Go West.”
Last Thursday, Clinton city government and business leaders joined developer Mark S. Jordan to clarify exactly where “west” is, announcing details of a new residential development between Clinton-Raymond Road and the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Named for a pre-Civil War traveler of the Natchez Trace, the planned community is called BruenBurg and is being developed on 248 acres of rolling terrain south of I-20 immediately west of WorldCom. The project, initially consisting of five neighborhoods targeted to multiple markets, is expected ultimately to add $100 million to the city’s property tax base.
“We are excited to announce BruenBurg because of the outstanding reputation of its developer, Mark S. Jordan Companies, and because it will provide the high-quality speculative homes we need to service our growth,” Mayor Rosemary Aultman said.
The development is the first in Clinton by Jordan, known for his 1,500 homesites in Dinsmor, Reserve, Deerfield III and other communities primarily in Madison County. BruenBurg will incorporate many of the planning principles used in Dinsmor, the Ridgeland development that has earned numerous awards for design and master planning.
“We’ve watched Dinsmor and seen its success and, like others in the metro area, recognized the fact that Mark S. Jordan builds quality,” Aultman said. “We’re delighted he sees the opportunities Clinton offers and is helping us further enhance our status as a Mississippi ‘Most Livable City.’”
Even before WorldCom announced its move to Clinton, Aultman and business leaders invited Jordan and other developers to take a look at the city.
Jordan liked what he saw.
“Clinton has the complete set of core attributes to work with,” he said. “Good public schools, a highly respected college, a strong commercial base, convenient shopping and dining, beautiful old homes and charm — those wonderful brick streets! What some towns wouldn’t give to have that base to build on.
“It’s not something you can go create.”