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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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Main Street group kicks off new fundraising campaign

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Main Street organization is campaigning to raise money for economic development activities in the downtown area. The Commercial Dispatch reports the campaign — called Main Street in Motion — will take place through September. Money raised will go toward the planning of growth, diversification and preservation of the downtown historic district. Jay Jordan, a member of ...

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Businessman buys historic home, plans mixed-use development

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg businessman is planning to renovate a building that was constructed in 1898 and says it will add three apartments and retail space to downtown. The Hattiesburg American says the building on Front Street is owned by local businessman Charles Price. Price said the entire building encompasses 3,600 square feet. The first floor will contain retail space, ...

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MMI takes over operation of downtown hotel; LEAD still owners

JACKSON — MMI Hotel Group has assumed management of the 67-room Sleep Inn and Suites Downtown-Convention Center located across the street from the to-be-opened Iron Horse Grill. The LEAD Group, LLC continues to own the property serving the downtown Jackson market. “This is our first management agreement with The LEAD Group,” said Scott Sledge, vice president of operations for MMI ...

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Local Main Street programs earn national accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Main Street Association cities have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Bay St. Louis/Waveland, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, ...

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Developers converting historic buildings into mixed-use facilities

HATTIESBURG — If Daniel Jussely and Rob Tatum have their way, downtown Hattiesburg soon will be a cultural hub of “urbanite lifestyle” in Mississippi. As co-owners of Hub City Lofts, Jussely and Tatum are rejuvenating two of the Hub City’s oldest buildings, converting them into more than 50 loft-style apartments and more than 14,000 square feet of commercial space. The ...

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