Posts Tagged ‘Watkins Development’

Watkins says JRA out to block him from Farish by repaying HUD $1.5M

Former Farish Street developer David Watkins says he suspects bad faith motives are behind the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s agreement to cover a $1.5 million repayment the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has demanded from the City of Jackson. Watkins says the motive is clear to him:  Paying HUD could clear the way for […] [...]

David Watkins demands HUD retract claims made in Farish project report

Watkins Development’s David Watkins is demanding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development retract negative characterizations it has made about him and his partners regarding their involvement in the redevelopment of downtown Jackson’s Farish Street. The angry reaction from Watkins stems from a Sept. 7 monitoring letter to Jackson city officials detailing what says […] [...]

GETTING IT’S MONEY BACK: Jackson’s $1.5 million HUD repayment will come back to City

Here’s some good news for Jackson city government: The City won’t actually lose the $1.5 million it must repay the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for not meeting HUD rules in the so-far unsuccessful attempts to redevelop Farish Street. In a clarification, HUD said Thursday the repayment will go into a line of […] [...]

UPDATE — David Watkins says JRA left him in dark about HUD’s Farish St. involvement

By Ted Carter Farish Street Group principal David Watkins says he feels blindsided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of Farish Group from further involvement with HUD-funded projects. Watkins’ Farish Street Group until last October had a lease deal to transform downtown Jackson’s Farish Street into an entertainment district. He said […] [...]

Farish Street signs up B.B. King’s Blues Club

Look for the New Year to bring a return of live blues to Jackson’s Farish Street with the opening of Mississippi’s first B.B. King’s Blues Club, says Tommy Peters, president of Memphis-based Beale Street Blues Co. Inc. Beale Street Blues Co.’s recent signing of a 15-year lease on the former Star Laundry building on Farish […] [...]

Farish Street Renaissance?

by Published: April 18,2011

Tags: Farish Street, Watkins Development

JACKSON- Watkins Development is the latest commercial developer to tackle Jackson’s economically barren Farish Street. MBJ-TV and MBJ staff writer Ted Carter get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic district’s first block of scheduled renovations [...]

Watkins sees mixed-use, ‘up-scale-discount’ as best bet for Metrocenter

by Published: December 12,2010

Tags: Jason Goree, Metrocenter, Watkins Development

Jason Goree, vice president of Jackson’s Watkins Development, says hundreds of thousands of dollars of research has led the developer to conclude Metrocenter can have a prosperous new life. But not totally as a retail complex, he adds. Offices, residences, lodging, entertainment venues, neighborhood gathering spots should also be considered for the mix, Goree said. […] [...]

Standard Life Building Reopens

  Watkins Development of Jackson and New Orleans-based HRI Properties prepare for tenant move in day at the historic Standard Life Building in downtown Jackson. [...]

Keeping our eye on: Brad Franklin

Age: 38 Education: BS in mass communication, Jackson State University Current Position: Director of media & community affairs, Watkins Development; president/CEO, OurGlass Entertainment Brad Franklin, better known in the Capitol City as “Kamikaze” or just plain “Kaz”, has been director of media and communications affairs for Watkins Development since 2008. “(David Watkins) is a visionary,” […] [...]

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