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JRA expected to hear Denver developer’s Farish St. proposal at special meeting

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By  TED CARTER The Jackson Development Authority has put the dormant Farish Street redevelopment on the agenda of a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The action follows a Hinds Chancery judge’s order for Development Authority lawyers not to impede consideration of a possible deal on redeveloping the two block portion of Farish Street. The trial lawyer for the JRA ...

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(WITH VIDEO) Funding secured for Capitol Art Lofts in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Two years after HRI Properties announced that it would convert historical, vacant buildings into 31 loft apartments in the 200 block of West Capitol Street in Jackson, it said on Tuesday it will move forward with the project now that it has the funding. The delay was caused by the unavailability of tax credits, said Joshua Collen, ...

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Court hits David Watkins with $600,000 order over Retro Metro issues

  Jackson developer David Watkins must pay more than $600,000 in restitution and penalties for diverting money from a bond issue for converting the Metrocenter Mall’s former Belk’s store into City of Jackson office space. Chancery Judge Hollis McGehee ruled Thursday that Watkins had no authority to divert any of the $2.5 million in bond money intended for the Belk’s ...

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

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 and unaccountability are going to ...

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Developer accused of misusing mall bond funds

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has found Jackson developer David Watkins took funds from a mall project and diverted it to a project to build a new police station in Meridian. Yesterday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced in a news release that Watkins and his company have been order to pay restitution of $587,084, plus legal interest ...

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Hosemann seeking penalties from developer for moving project funds

JACKSON — The secretary of state’s office is questioning whether Jackson developer David Watkins took funds from a mall project and diverted it to a project to build a new police station in Meridian. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is seeking administrative penalties plus restitution of $587,084. Watkins denied any wrongdoing during an administrative hearing that ended this week before ...

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Banished from Farish St., Watkins named chair of Downtown Jackson Partners

JACKSON, Mississippi — Fresh off getting the boot from Jackson’s Farish Street redevelopment project, developer David Watkins took over the chairmanship of Downtown Jackson Partners Wednesday. Watkins, principal of Watkins Development and rescuer of the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building, succeeds Trustmark Bank’s Harry Walker as chair of the public-private agency that oversees downtown’s Business Improvement District and ...

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Catering is key at Business After Hours

Monique Davis, owner of Lumpkin’s BBQ in Jackson, is looking forward to doing business again at this year’s “Business After Hours” at the 2012 Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and lasts until around 8 at the Mississippi Trade Mart. “We are hanging on,” Davis said. “We always look forward to the opportunity ...

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