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Yarber, Lumumba headed to runoff for Jackson mayor

JACKSON — City Council member Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, will be in an April 22 runoff to see who will become Jackson’s next mayor. Complete, but unofficial, returns from yesterday’s election show only 10 votes separate the two. Affidavit and absentee ballots are still to be counted. Thirteen candidates were on ...

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Race on for Jackson hotel Go-Zone bonds; some councilmen want new developer bids

TCI Realty of Dallas, a prospective partner with the City of Jackson on a convention center hotel, is racing the clock to gain a $70.1 million share of Mississippi’s tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds before they expire Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the nearly $100 million project faces a council increasingly skeptical about inheriting a development partner from a previous mayoral administration ...

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Hotel deal seen as lifeline for Jackson Convention Complex

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is clear about why he worked hard the last several months to broker a $96 million deal to get a convention headquarters hotel built. It’s a rescue mission — pure and simple, according to Johnson, who said he fears the city’s not-yet 3-year-old Convention Complex will soon begin withering and the area around it will ...

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Penny tax until 2023

The City of Jackson’s hopes for an eventual fix to its crumbling infrastructure, especially its water and sewer systems, has survived a key Mississippi Senate Finance Committee vote. The committee approved an amendment to legislation passed two years ago to allow Jackson to stage a referendum on enacting a penny special option sales tax to fund the infrastructure work. That ...

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Mayor takes over steering effort for downtown arena

A steering committee created to plan and promote an arena for downtown Jackson has disbanded to make way for Mayor Harvey Johnson to lead the charge. Where the effort goes from here is now up to the mayor and City Hall, said Ben Allen, director of Downtown Jackson Partners, a public-private entity that works to promote downtown and its redevelopment. ...

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MBJ Editorial: ‘GO-80’ could be roadmap to region’s revival

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson is thinking big with his “Go-80” strategy, an expansive blueprint for generating tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue through redeveloping Jackson’s nine-mile U.S. 80 corridor from the Pearl River to the Clinton city limits. It’s an investment strategy in need of deep pockets that Jackson does not have at the moment. But Mayor ...

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Metrocenter owner: Debt paid

Los Angeles-based owners will consider purchase offers for ailing mall but portions of mall to be shuttered A Los Angeles real estate investment partnership that owns Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall says it has caught up on the mall’s tardy debt and will avoid foreclosure. Meanwhile, Jackson Metrocenter Group, LLC, is willing to consider offers from prospective buyers, said Shervin Mateen, general ...

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Land-use changes first up in U.S. 80 transformation plan

Jackson mayor wants timely movement on ‘Go-80’ strategy With the ailing Metrocenter Mall tagged as ground zero, Jackson’s U.S. 80 corridor would see a sweeping rezoning under a city strategy for attracting businesses that are more economically viable and more beneficial to the community than the string of used car lots, fast-food restaurants, lounges, liquor stores, auto-repair garages and pawn ...

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Revamp of U.S. 80 to employ multi-pronged effort — and money

Success could hinge on securing public-private partnerships, officials say Land-use changes are but one element of a strategy developed to significantly upgrade the appearance and mix of businesses along Jackson’s nine-mile U.S. 80 corridor from the Pearl River to the Clinton city limits. Together with transportation improvements and upgrades to infrastructure such as water and sewer, natural gas and telecommunications, the ...

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