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Watkins’ defense says Hosemann’s claims are ‘absurd’

March 25, 2014

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Delbert Hosemann

David Watkins, the president of Watkins Development, has responded to the finding of the Secretary of State Office’s hearing officer, attorney Robert Bailess of Vicksburg, and the affirmation of that finding by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Speaking through his spokesperson, lawyer Lance Stevens, the Watkins defense team states: “The finding of the hearing officer […]

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Meridian building $8.2M police station under lease-purchase plan

June 25, 2012

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Jackson’s Watkins Development has reached a deal with the City of Meridian to transform a vacated Cowboy Maloney store into an $8.2 million police station. The City is to put $2.1 million into the project and rent the building from Watkins for 20 years at an annual cost of $305,000, adjustable for inflation every five […]

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Downtown conversions – too much demand chasing too little product

January 29, 2012

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Ted Duckworth’s math tells him downtown residential is a-can’t-lose proposition. He’d be at the table but the dealer has no more cards to deal in a game that is all about converting decades-old commercial buildings instead of building anew. “Of the available buildings somebody else is already working on them,” said Duckworth, principal of Duckworth […]

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Jackson’s aging Metrocenter awaits new vision

January 8, 2012

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On one hand, Nina Holbrook sees the departure of Sears as “one of the biggest hits Metrocenter has ever had.” But then she switches her perspective from U.S. Highway 80 corridor advocate to commercial real estate professional. With that comes the idea that big things could be in store for the 34-year-old mall. “It’s a […]

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Paying for tenant buildouts should hasten Farish opening, its developer says

November 20, 2011

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A need to speed up the opening of the Farish Street Entertainment District led Watkins Development to decide to do its own buildout of the clubs, restaurants and shops along the initial block of the long-planned project. The new plan would allow the interior work and customizing of the spaces for tenants to begin right […]

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Farish developer faces obstacles with new buildout strategy

November 20, 2011

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Getting OK on buildout money will not be an easy task Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have changed their leasing strategy to include paying for the buildouts of the clubs and shops they have restored along the first block of the former business and nightlife hub of Jackson’s African-American community. Watkins Development, which […]

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