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Brandon recruiting help to spur development

Traveling along Highway 80, the city of Brandon’s lack of downtown development is apparent. Now, city leaders are looking for change. The city is seeking consultants to work in city planning and economic development. The Clarion-Ledger reports the consultant’s work would focus on downtown planning, landscape architecture, urban design, historic preservation, infrastructure, transportation, market analysis and involving the public in ...

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Family looks to spur downtown revitalization

MCCOMB — The revitalization of downtown McComb is a long process requiring time, dedication and funds, but a local father-and-sons team plans to add a few new businesses to the block within the year. Benton, Greg and Neel Gibson bought the West Harlan Building on State Street in May to use for office space and should have the quickest turnaround ...

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Need a pedicab? Head to Oxford

Ever seen those pedal-powered rickshaws in Asia and wondered what it would be like to ride in one? Well, don’t update your passport — you will soon have the chance to grab one in Oxford. Oxford aldermen have amended the city’s taxi cab ordinance to allow pedicabs, also known as cycle rickshaws, which transport passengers in a carriage-styled seat hooked ...

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UMMC looking to buy downtown Jackson building for $6.25M

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is seeking approval from the College Board to buy the vacant Landmark Center office building in downtown Jackson for $6.25 million. UMMC says it would move some operations downtown to the 300,000 square-foot building to move some offices out of rented quarters and eventually free up more space on campus. » READ ...

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Watkins frustrated but hopeful amid Farish Street strife

» Developer says he’s optimistic ‘city leadership and new mayor are going to get to the bottom of this.’ Though the first downtown block of Farish Street to its corner at East Griffith can be walked in a minute or so, the longest tape measure might not cover the distance between views of the main players on why the redevelopment ...

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Displaced Farish St. developer says project 'basis' gives him edge in JRA fight

» David Watkins alleges Jackson Redevelopment Authority secretly recruited Farish Group minor partners to persuade Yates Co. to take over project The 2008 effort to rescue the bankrupt Farish Street redevelopment project led Jackson’s civic and government leaders to the doorstep of David Watkins, a local lawyer turned developer who was drawing acclaim for putting together an $89 million salvage ...

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Event looks to put businesses in vacant downtown buildings

Two economic development organizations and a public university have teamed up for an event aimed at matching businesses with available sites in Natchez. On Nov. 9, “Possibilities Tour: Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places” will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Natchez, and will showcase 12 vacant buildings on Main and Franklin streets that are available for sale ...

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Developer unveils plan to enhance historic Town Square, downtown

Residents and visitors to the city of Brandon quickly realize two things about the city’s historic Town Square/downtown — there is a lack of things to see and do and it is not very user friendly. Perhaps that is about to change, however. According to the Clarion-Ledger, Orion Planning Group, which spent this week formulating a long-term development plan for ...

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Vacant federal office building could convert to mixed-use space

JACKSON — The James O. Eastland Federal Building in downtown Jackson may be converted into apartments and commercial space. The Clarion-Ledger reports that developers say the project would cost $20 million. The 115,000-square-foot space has sat vacant since Aug. 1, 2011, following the opening of the new federal courthouse. Built in 1934 by the Jackson-based architectural firm Hull and Malvaney, ...

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Casino proposes to move gaming inland in Port City

GREENVILLE — Trop Casino in Greenville has proposed moving its operations on Lake Ferguson onshore, locating a new restaurant to the waterfront and taking about half of Schelben Park from the city to add parking and create a family-oriented outdoor entertainment area. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city council could consider the proposal as early as Tuesday. The ...

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