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Jackson convention hotel proposer doesn’t see past troubles hampering bid

By TED CARTER The leader of a group vying to develop a Jackson convention center hotel says difficulties the team’s financial adviser had with the Securities and Exchange Commission should not hurt the team’s selection chances. Nor should Mychal Jefferson’s arrest on an auto theft charge while a college student 25 years ago harm the team’s prospects, Mississippi Development LLC’s CEO ...

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Convention center hotel proposals ask for $41M in loan support

Engineering Design               Technologies Inc.,                     Mississippi Developers LLC

Hotel: Full service; eight floors, 304 rooms; total square footage 340,000;
Parking: 300-space combination surface & structured spaces;
Function space: 21,000 square feet; 
Master Site Plan: (Option 1) Front of the hotel faces the convention center along Pascagoula Street, with a courtyard and improvements to street façade; (Option 2) Front of the hotel faces Farish Street and function space fronts Pascagoula Street;
Cost: $75.1 million
Flag: Marriott
Completion: January 2018

Development Team
» Engineering Design Technologies Inc. (Master Developer), Mississippi Developers LLC
» Jones Walker (Legal Counsel)
» Fountain Construction Co. (Contractor)
» M3A Architecture PLLC/William L. McElroy AIA NCARD (Architect); Integrated Management Services (Engineering); Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart Associates Inc. (Design)
» Public Finance Authority (Financial Services Consultant)

By TED CARTER Two of the three convention center hotel proposals presented to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rely heavily on public-sector backing for development loans, though both forgo asking for direct financial contributions from either the City or JRA. A JRA-appointed review committee will look over the proposals and recommend a developer to the Authority in time for a selection or ...

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UPDATED: JRA won’t disclose new convention center hotel proposals


By TED CARTER Long known for its preference to keep its business out of the public eye, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority is refusing to release proposals it received for a convention center hotel by a June 30 deadline. The city agency had also declined to identity development companies that responded. Friday afternoon, however, the JRA furnished the names of the companies. ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Accidental tourists, or what have you got for us?

A couple from Seattle dressed in West Coast black stood in front of the Hotel King Edward, which was bathed in bright late-winter sunlight in all its resurrected glory. The couple was in town to catch a baseball game, of all things. They were accidental tourists. Their son was the starting shortstop for the visiting University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, who ...

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Rethinking Farish Street — Mayor, Jackson city council want to take over redevelopment effort

Jackson’s mayor and City Council say they want to begin calling the shots on redeveloping downtown’s Farish Street. Voicing frustration last week with the years of starts, stops and legal entanglements that have marked the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s handling of the now-dead redevelopment, Mayor Tony Yarber and the council say they want the entire project “rethought.” And they want to ...

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Getting state office tenants could be challenge for revived Landmark

While making ambitious plans to convert Jackson’s Landmark Center to a mix of apartments, offices and retail, the building’s new owners want to recruit office tenants for the four floors situated below the two top floors designated for apartments. Each floor has about 50,000 square feet. A Cushman & Wakefield study in 2011 put leasing rates at $14 a square ...

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