Posts Tagged ‘Farish Street’

CLOSE TO COLLAPSE — Engineers warn of dangerous structural deficiencies of Farish buildings

Buildings on the 300 block of downtown Jackson’s North Farish Street could soon be demolished if the Jackson Redevelopment Authority decides not to spend money to make them structurally safe. Engineers who spent some of July and August inspecting the crumbling row of former stores, eateries and nightclubs estimate repairs costing nearly $200,000 must be […] [...]

November 7th Digital Edition

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OUR VIEW: JRA evolving toward transparency? Maybe, maybe not

Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members may have had to fight back a groan Wednesday at the idea of spending money for an image makeover. One member even compared the idea to putting perfume on a pig. Maybe for him it is. He’s looking at things from the inside, after all. Here on the outside, […] [...]

JRA plans image makeover, hires crisis manager

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, Farish Street, HUD, Mississippi, money, NEWS, real estate

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has conceded it has an image problem and is getting professional help to fix it. The agency widely known for the low priority it puts on transparency wants a makeover in public perception. It’s hired Yellow Brick Media Concepts of Jackson to provide it. The board received a proposal from Yellow […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, David Watkins, editorial, Farish Street, HUD, Mississippi, opinion

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness […] [...]

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Liens are first battleground in Watkins fight with JRA

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: business downtown, Farish Street, JACKSON, Mississippi

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has countered a lien filed recently by Watkins Development on behalf of the Farish Street Group and another by Dale Architects against the Farish Street redevelopment project with a court claim that the publicly property is immune from liens. The JRA further claims that Watkins Development has no standing to initiate […] [...]

Watkins frustrated but hopeful amid Farish Street strife

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, downtown, Farish Street, JACKSON, Mississippi

» Developer says he’s optimistic ‘city leadership and new mayor are going to get to the bottom of this.’ Though the first downtown block of Farish Street to its corner at East Griffith can be walked in a minute or so, the longest tape measure might not cover the distance between views of the main […] [...]

Displaced Farish St. developer says project ‘basis’ gives him edge in JRA fight

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, downtown, Farish Street, JACKSON, Mississippi

» David Watkins alleges Jackson Redevelopment Authority secretly recruited Farish Group minor partners to persuade Yates Co. to take over project The 2008 effort to rescue the bankrupt Farish Street redevelopment project led Jackson’s civic and government leaders to the doorstep of David Watkins, a local lawyer turned developer who was drawing acclaim for putting […] [...]

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