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At long last, Jackson gets some good news

Rising from the miasma of race-baiting politics and ineptitude the Capital City is notoriously known for, comes the announcement that 1,100 homes will be built in a new north Jackson housing development.

Working together, the H.C. Bailey Company, Fannie Mae, Trustmark Bank and city officials put together the Forest Park project. The partners hope that a sense of community will be one of the positive results of this ambitious and much-needed development.

“It is our desire to make Forest Park a safe, in-town village where residents share a sense of commitment and belonging. We are very excited because this will be the first development of its kind in Mississippi and one of the few in the nation,” development partner Will Randle said at a press conference last week.

Forest Park will include a community center, retail space and walking and biking trails centered around an old-fashioned town square.

“As a city, we have made a firm commitment to meet ambitious housing goals,” Mayor Harvey Johnson said. “But local government cannot create housing opportunities without the help of private partners like Fannie Mae and the H.C. Bailey Company.”

The Forest Park project is good news for Jackson. We’re cautiously optimistic additional economic development will follow.

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