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Second phase of Smith Park renovation underway

By JACK WEATHERLY The second phase of the restoration of Smith Park in downtown Jackson is underway. Concrete water courses with “boulders” are being removed and earthen berms will be leveled before the greensward is resodded, according to a release from Downtown Jackson Partners. A safety fence has been erected around the park, which will be closed for two months during ...

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Former Jackson developer arrested for embezzlement

Former developer David Watkins, 68, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday night after being indicted on two counts ofembezzling bond money intended for a development project he managed, Attorney General Jim Hood said. Watkins turned himself in to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department on one count of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement, Hood said. The indictment, which was ...

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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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Lumumba undaunted on Jackson convention hotel after latest deal unravels

JRA dropped developer EDT after it insisted on $60 million public contribution By TED CARTER New Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is not ready to call it quits on a convention center hotel after the demise of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s two-year effort to complete a deal for one. A Sept. 27 Redevelopment Authority decision to drop Washington, D.C.-based Engineering Design Technologies ...

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Baptist to bring 250 jobs to downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Baptist Memorial Health Care will move 250 jobs to downtown Jackson, the hospital announced Thursday. Sixty of those jobs will be new and all of them will comprise the hospital system’s business operations center. Baptist will lease four floors, 41,000 square feet, of the Regions Plaza building at 210 E. Capitol St. “This new office will centralize the ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Downtown Jackson taking it one step at a time

Grand plans have been pursued for naught to revive downtown Jackson. In 2009, a spectacular proposal called Two Lakes would have turned downtown into a canal with sailboats, condos and a concert bowl. The plan didn’t hold water. More recently, and seemingly still within reach, is the revival of the Farish Street Historic District. Meantime, the piecemeal approach has proceeded. ...

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Leader of downtown Jackson group convicted of misusing money

The head of a downtown Jackson development group has been convicted on a charge that he embezzled money from the organization. Ben Allen was found guilty Tuesday on one count of a 10-count indictment. That count charged Allen with improperly receiving money from Downtown Jackson Partners to pay his wife’s mobile phone bill. A lawyer tells The Clarion-Ledger Allen will ...

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House passes bill to help pay for Jackson infrastructure

The Mississippi House is advancing a bill that would spend an additional $20 million a year in state money for infrastructure improvements in central parts of Jackson. The House voted 99-22 Wednesday for House Bill 1226 to create a Capitol Complex Improvement District. The measure moves to the Senate for more debate. Senators are considering a different proposal, Senate Bill 2893 . A five-member ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A nocturne for Smith Park

There are signs of life in Smith Park. Office workers stroll through the green space. A few pause for a while on the benches. It wasn’t that way a week or so earlier, before a host of dead or dying trees was taken down. The effect was immediate. You can see all the way through the block-square park in the ...

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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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