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Pearl won’t allow utilities hookups to vacant residential rental units

By TED CARTER The City of Pearl’s refusal to allow restoration of utilities services to apartment units after they are vacated has left landlords worried they soon won’t be able to pay their bills. An estimated 150 rental units throughout the city are vacant and landlords have no idea when they can begin filling them, said Steve Maulding, who along with ...

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Planners unanimously back rezoning for Colonial Highlands

By JACK WEATHERLY The Colonial Highlands traditional neighborhood took a major step toward becoming a reality Wednesday when the Jackson Planning Board voted 10-0 to recommend the rezoning of the former 152-acre Colonial Country Club. The matter will be taken up by the City Council, which could close a stormy chapter in the effort to build what has been called ...

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JRA selects EDT as top choice for convention hotel developer

By TED CARTER Washington, D.C.-based Engineering Design Technologies has been named the preferred developer for a downtown Jackson convention center hotel. The selection of EDT’s $75.5 million proposal came at Wednesday’s meeting of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, capping a request for proposals process that began last spring. EDT and its local team, Mississippi Developers LLC, beat out Red Leaf Development of ...

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New hotel being built in Pass Christian

By LISA MONTI Construction is under way on a small hotel in Pass Christian that will cater to New Orleanians and others who lost second homes on the Coast to Hurricane Katrina. It will be the first hotel in the beachside town in decades. Hotel Whiskey is being developed by restaurateur Thomas Genin and builder Travis March. The partners have worked ...

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US home prices rise at a solid clip in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in December, helped by a healthy job market and low mortgage rates. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.7 percent from a year earlier, same as the annual increase in November. Prices rose 11.4 percent in Portland, Oregon; 10.3 percent in San Francisco and 10.2 percent in ...

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Center for Justice suit claims Ridgeland seeks to cleanse SE Ridgeland of minorities

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Center for Justice, a public interest law organization, has added a 38-page lawsuit to a stack of suits against the City of Ridgeland over a 2014 zoning ordinance that targets multi-family rental complexes. Joined by multi-state private law firm Venable LLP, the Center filed suit Friday in federal court in Jackson alleging that Ridgeland violated the ...

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One Eastover Center gains Cosmich Simmons & Brown as tenant

Jackson civil litigation firm Cosmich Simmons & Brown has leased 12,000 square feet at One Eastover Center, a 120,000 square foot office building set to open next month in the District at Eastover mixed-use development. Cosmich Simmons & Brown will occupy the second floor of the five-story office building along Eastover Drive and the I-55 Frontage Road. “We believe the ...

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Baker Donelson relocation creates option for placing UMMC clinics

By TED CARTER A pair of soon-to-be-vacant Baker Donelson buildings in Meadowbrook Office Park tops the list of candidates to become the new home for components of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Integrated Physician Practice division. Medical center executives have been searching the past couple of years  for new quarters for several services provided by the approximately 1,000 medical-care providers ...

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Vicksburg Mall sheds old name and image problem

By JACK WEATHERLY Some still call Vicksburg Mall by its old name, Pemberton Square. But soon after RockStep Capital of Houston bought it in October 2010 from CBL Associates Properties of Chattanooga, good things started to happen. In the years before the new ownership, the mall built in 1985 had its share of problems, as any will. Though some more ...

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Couple taking risk in creating cooperative workspace in historic downtown Jackson

By LISA MONTI  Attorney Matthew McLaughlin admits rehabilitating a historic building in downtown Jackson is a “pretty big leap of faith” for him and his wife, Shannon, to tackle. Shannon McLaughlin, an event planner who also does marketing and public relations, was looking for office space when the couple found two old buildings on North State Street. They needed major ...

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