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Heritage Building gets new life with sale and renovation

By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Building in downtown Jackson sold on the auction block a year ago. As the name suggests, there is history to the six-story structure at 401 E. Capitol St. Built in 1905, it was first the home of Kennington’s Department Store, then later McRae’s Department Store. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. In ...

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Oxford-based R. J. Allen & Associates Named to Inc. 5000

R. J. Allen & Associates, an Oxford-based construction and real estate company, recently was named to the Inc. 5000, the magazine’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. R.J. Allen is an affiliate of The Blackburn Group and sister company of Blackburn Communities, which is developing the 500-acre Oxford Commons master planned community. Inc. ranked R.J. Allen at ...

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Turning the corner: County Line Road at Ridgewood

By JACK WEATHERLY Two investors are buying in to the intersection of County Line Road and Ridgewood Road. Between the $900,000 spent on the former Applebee’s in the North Regency Square and the $1.8 million to buy and renovate the old Copeland’s, the total reaches about $2.7 million. Both spaces had been vacant for several years. News of the revitalization ...

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Duvall Decker unveils plan for Springdale, Ark. municipal campus

By JACK WEATHERLY Duvall Decker Architects P.A., a Jackson firm, has unveiled plans for a 120,000-square-foot $35.5 million municipal complex for the city of Springdale in northwest Arkansas. “Duvall Decker is honored to have been selected to design the Springdale Municipal complex,” partner Roy Decker said in an email.  “We were selected over firms from New York, San Francisco and ...

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Yates among those US awards contracts for Trump’s border wall prototypes

The Trump administration has awarded more contracts to build prototypes for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build on the U.S. border with Mexico. The prototypes announced Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection are for four see-through walls. Last week, it announced contracts for prototypes for four concrete walls. The eight prototypes will cost a total of $3.6 ...

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Small-contractor workshop set in Greenville

  MBJ staff The Mississippi Development Authority’s Model Contractor Development Program workshop series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The program will be held at the Greenville Higher Education Center, 2900 A Highway 1 South. Small contractors and business representatives will learn how to grow their operations and bonding capacity. The eight-week workshop series is free. Participants must enroll ...

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BOOMING — Growth leads to change on Ridgeland’s Jackson Street

By BECKY GILLETTE Jackson Street in Ridgeland has been seeing a surge in new commercial real estate activity, and more new projects are under way adding to the mix. “We’re beginning to see some very positive things happening,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee. “I think a lot has to do with the fact that the economy has improved, but ...

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Success for Mississippi real estate agents includes making the most of any down time

By NASH NUNNERY The portrait created by reality television of real estate agents is one of multi-million dollar sales, lavish dinners, Coach handbags and Brunello Cucinelli suits. Truth is stranger than fiction in the world of real estate.  Sure, a Realtor can set his or her own hours and carve out time for a vacation or doctor’s appointment. But there’s ...

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BRINGING BILOXI BACK — City leaders hope their proposed 5-year plan will revitalize downtown area

By JULIA MILLER For more than 50 years, downtown Biloxi has been facing a decline. Led by Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, the city has partnered with the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District to reverse that path with the hope that a revitalization of downtown will lead to economic growth for the area. “The goals, incentives, tasks and projects ...

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