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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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Couple taking risk in creating cooperative workspace in historic downtown Jackson

By LISA MONTI  Attorney Matthew McLaughlin admits rehabilitating a historic building in downtown Jackson is a “pretty big leap of faith” for him and his wife, Shannon, to tackle. Shannon McLaughlin, an event planner who also does marketing and public relations, was looking for office space when the couple found two old buildings on North State Street. They needed major ...

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Agency to get $9M loan to fund city’s part of hotel project

JACKSON — The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will get a $9 million loan to help fund the city’s portion of the downtown Westin hotel project. The Clarion-Ledger reports the agency will borrow the money from investment banking firm, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C. The agency put out a request for proposals from investment firms after there were no bids on ...

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Work on Jackson’s Capitol Art Lofts delayed

By JACK WEATHERLY  HRI Properties announced in April that it had secured financing for a $10.4 million renovation of a historic block across from the King Edward hotel on Capitol Street in Jackson. Construction of the Capitol Art Lofts, according to the New Orleans-based developer, was to start this fall. But Joshua Collen, vice president for development for HRI, said ...

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

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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