Hotel seen as lifeline for Jackson Convention Complex
by Ted Carter
Published: October 2,2011
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is clear about why he worked hard the last several months to broker a $96 million deal to get a convention headquarters hotel built.
It’s a rescue mission — pure and simple, according to Johnson, who said he fears the city’s not-yet 3-year-old Convention Complex will soon begin withering and the area around it will deteriorate into a swath of blight without a convention headquarters hotel and the urban revival it could spur.
He sees the stakes as high enough to have city taxpayers backstop the nearly $100 million in debt the hotel project entails. “What causes me unease is having a convention center of 300,000 square feet that is…
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