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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a new bandstand and eliminating water ...

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Senate bills call for moving dozens of state offices to Capitol area

Downtown Jackson would see hundreds of new workers and a whittling of its office space vacancies through proposals from Senate Public Property Committee Chairman David Blount to consolidate more state agencies into space available in the Jackson Capitol Complex. In support of a pair of bills he has introduced, Blount produced an analysis from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management ...

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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in Jackson's former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel is known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it has several times in the past, the ...

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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel, known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for local Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it as a few times in the past, ...

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A touchup for Thalia Mara

It’s said Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall hasn’t got a bad seat in the house. But seats that are in bad shape? Those are about as plentiful as the number of days that make up the Broadway run of the “Phantom of the Opera.” Since its opening in 1968 as the Jackson Municipal Auditorium, the City-owned hall has been home to ...

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Downtown conversions – too much demand chasing too little product

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 Realty. “I wish we had ...

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Travel Channel highlighting Jackson cuisine in 'Man vs. Food’

“Travel Channel’s “Man Vs. Food” host Adam Richmand recently made a swing through Jackson to shoot footage for the show at Burgers and Blues, Chimneyville, 2 Sisters and the Coffee Roastery. The program will televise nationwide in early summer, says Ben |Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners, a downtown revitalization and promotions agency. Also, Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern, host of ...

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Watkins: Farish still on track

David Watkins wants to be clear: Farish Street is on schedule for the major tenants of its first block to open late this year. The project has not stalled for lack of money, as was reported in the Clarion-Ledger last week. Watkins, who is developing the historic district into a Beale Street-like mix of clubs and restaurants, said the only ...

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Museum investment seen as boost for downtown

History enthusiasts are relieved and pleased by a state Legislature appropriation last week of $38 million to build a new Museum of Mississippi History and a civil rights museum on state land just north of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street. But supporters of downtown development are trading high-fives, as well. They see visitors and ...

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