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Whitney Place Development Group announces plans for Fondren hotel

According to findinfondren.com, The Whitney Place Development Group has formally announced their partnership today with Jackson-based Desai Hotel Group to construct a 111 room hotel in Fondren.

The “boutique-style” Hampton Inn will be located at 3111 North State Street between Butterfly Yoga and The Pig & Pint on the site long occupied by Rankin Interiors. Construction is set to begin this spring.

David Pharr, a partner in the Whitney Place Development Group, says the hotel will be anything but typical. “The hotel’s ‘front entrance’ will be accessed from Hartfield Street to keep the State Street side pedestrian friendly,” Pharr says. “We’ll be working within the Urban Town Center zoning overlay that calls for high density, walkable developments that meet the sidewalk. It gives us the opportunity to maintain the feel and walkability of Fondren as it exists today.”

The building itself, five stories in height, has been designed with funky Fondren in mind, mirroring existing neighborhood aesthetics. Six-thousand square feet of class A retail store fronts will occupy the State Street ground floor and a yet-to-be-named local restaurant is hoped for on the top floor.

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