Home » Tag Archives: Downtown Jackson

Tag Archives: Downtown Jackson

‘Parklet’ well-received in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Downtown Jackson’s first “parklet” has been well received. And so the city may move forward with another, according to Travis Crabtree, urban designer for the city. The parklet — wooden benches and planters and spaces for small lightweight tables and chairs — occupies what had been parking spaces on the east side of Congress Street in front ...

Read More »

Wise Carter hosts “Focus on Jackson” series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  is hosting a series of events titled, “Focus on Jackson”.  The series includes relevant topics of interest for Jackson and focuses on education and community outreach. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke at the first event on his vision for the City of Jackson. More than 100 people attended the event on Feb. 15 at ...

Read More »

Smith Park in downtown Jackson reopens after upgrade 

By JACK WEATHERLY Smith Park will reopen on Friday after being closed since November for upgrades. The fence will come down and festivities will start at 11 a.m. to celebrate the reopening. Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba and Gov. Phil Bryant will speak, there will be food trucks and a band, said Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners. The group, ...

Read More »

Smith Park: ‘We just felt like we had to do something’

By JULIA MILLER In the heart of downtown Jackson, Smith Park is getting a much-needed refresh after recent efforts to revitalize the historic area. “For 10 to 15 years, or even longer it’s been tired and has needed a major renovation,” said John Gomez, associate director at Jackson Downtown Partners. “We just felt like we had to do something.” For ...

Read More »

East and West (Capitol) move toward meeting in middle

By JACK WEATHERLY By the time this is published, all 31 apartments in the Capitol Art Lofts may well have been taken. The first unit was leased in November, and most of the rest have gone since then. As of Tuesday only two were available. The lofts attracted more than 300 inquiries and 100-plus actual applications, according to Nicole Lockhart, ...

Read More »

East Capitol gets its turn on the revival wheel

By JACK WEATHERLY East Capitol Street had been left out of the downtown revival. The west end of the street has drawn all the attention and capital. That’s changing. “This end of Capitol hasn’t gotten any attention,” said E. J. “Kip” Gibert of Metairie, La., who bought the six-story Heritage Building at 401 E. Capitol in the fall of 2016 along with three ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »