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UPDATE: Another luxury hotel to open in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House. Is there better name for a luxury hotel in the Delta? Tradition with a wink. The $17.6 million, 95-room hotel will open early next year in downtown Cleveland, dead center in the region known for the richest soil and earthiest music in the world. “It’ll be a very high-end product,” said Luke Chamblee, president ...

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Study says Jackson making strides in delivering services

By JACK WEATHERLY Jackson ranks 101st on WalletHub’s annual survey of best- and worst-run cities in the United States for 2018. The city ranked 149th in last year’s report. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in an interview on Tuesday that he is encouraged by the survey. The city faces several major problems, including streets, water system and billing and the ...

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Full-service grocery slated for downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A key piece of the puzzle for revitalizing downtown Jackson is ready to be put in place. A grocery will be installed in the 366,000-square-foot Landmark Center on Capital St. at Lamar St., according to Dyke Nelson, chief operating officer of WN Management of Baton Rouge, which manages and directs the redevelopment of the building. Hattiesburg-based Roberts ...

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Lamar Life Building to be converted to mixed use — apartments, retail and office

By JACK WEATHERLY Developer Andrew Mattiace will convert the historical Lamar Life Building in downtown Jackson into loft apartments and office and retail space. The conversion of the 11-story building commenced last week and will be complete in November, Mattiace said in an interview. Mattiace said he made a decision to put up a banner on the building announcing the ...

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Westin throws open its doors in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Seven years since planning and financing started and two years under construction, the Jackson Westin hotel opened its doors Thursday morning. But first a gathering of about 150 seated in padded white folding chairs beneath the slatted porte cochere offering dappled shade from sunny skies, though not from humidity,  put Westin hand fans to good use as speakers ...

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Capitol Art Lofts finally heads toward becoming reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Cold westerly winds of change barreled down Capitol Street in downtown Jackson Monday morning as a long-awaited project turned its last corner toward becoming a reality. The Capitol Art Lofts had been stalled several years in the planning stage due to funding problems. But New Orleans-based HRI Properties Inc. announced Sept. 14 that the last part of ...

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Developer finally gets financing for Jackson art lofts

By JACK WEATHERLY HRI Properties Inc. announced Wednesday that it has finally closed on the finances for the $10.4 million Capitol Art Lofts in downtown Jackson. Construction will start immediately, with completion expected in one year, Joshua Collen, senior vice president for development services for the New Orleans-based developer, said in a release. The apartments — to be created from seven ...

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JRA set to hire law firm to evaluate financial viability of hotel proposal

By TED CARTER Jackson Redevelopment Authority is preparing to pay law firm Watkins & Eager $90,000 to examine the financial soundness of the proposal selected for building a convention center hotel. Though the scope of work has not yet been determined, the Jackson law firm would supposedly look into the financial viability of the deal Engineering Design Technologies offered on building ...

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Hertz ready to step in with City Centre conversion to hotel

  By TED CARTER A continued absence of progress on a Jackson convention center hotel could create an opening for Hertz Investment Group to convert downtown’s City Centre, a two-tower office complex, into a convention hotel. The only snag is a pair of tenant leases that do not expire until 2017 and 2018, according to Jim Ingram, executive VP and ...

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Downtown Jackson Westin plans Aug. 4 construction start

By TED CARTER The newest entry to downtown’s Jackson’s hotel market, a 204-room Westin, will break ground at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4, developer Joseph Simpson says. The $60 million hotel is planned for 315 Tombigbee St. at the site of the vacant Mississippi Valley Title building. Project funding includes $10 million in urban renewal bonds issued by the Jackson ...

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