Old Capitol Green signs leases, calls on city to act

JACKSON — Carlton A. Brown, founding partner and COO of Full Spectrum South, yesterday announced the first retail business leases for the Old Capitol Green project in Jackson with 65 percent of the retail spaces committed as well as leases to fill 52 percent of the project’s first commercial office building.

Full Spectrum of NY is the master developer of the 50-acre Old Capitol Green (OCG) — a mixed-use, mixed-finance and mixed-income urban development that is planned to eventually encompass 14 city blocks on the eastern edge of downtown Jackson’s Central Business District.

“Full Spectrum is 100 percent dedicated to Old Capitol Green as evident by our consistent and persistent effort over the past five years to bring the project to fruition, and certainly our $2-million pledge to Jackson State University,” said Walter Edwards, Full Spectrum of NY’s CEO and other founding partner. “All we need is for the City of Jackson to finalize the approval of the public funding for the 800-car automated garage and chilled water plant, and the development work will move forward so all of Jackson can accrue the benefits of the development of Old Capitol Green. The funding of the garage is crucial, because it is the foundation and base for the new public plaza — both critical elements of the first phase.”

Committed retailers for 1822 Square in Old Capitol Green include:

• Ojah Media Group — Owned by recording artist Cassandra Wilson, this music production company will offer a sound stage with musical performances and an upscale dinner club. Wilson anticipates producing and recording artists with whom she has worked with from around the world.

•  E & L Barbeque —  Presently owned by Gladys Wilson, E & L Barbeque is a family-owned restaurant started by her parents. E & L will continue to operate its restaurant in Georgetown.

• Petropolis — Jackson’s first downtown daycare, boarding, bathing, grooming, training and accessory destination for pets, special services will include pet parties, veterinarian referral, pick-up and delivery, pet portraits/photography and dog walking. Jackson will be Petropolis’ first independent facility and is a family-owned and operated business with local roots in Jackson.

“Full Spectrum is offering work letters and abated rent to help any of our businesses bridge the financial gap that might occur with their expansion into downtown,” Brown said. “Full Spectrum will also help the businesses get the technical services and IT support they may need to make their move to downtown successful.”

Chef François Kwaku-Dongo, formerly the executive chef at Spago and the trouble shooter for all Wolfgang Puck restaurants, will work with all of Old Capitol Green’s foodservice tenants on presentation, training and operations. François is currently the executive chef for the My Image Studios restaurant under construction in New York City.

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