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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and meetings center which opened ...

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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson’s elected officials, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and meetings center which opened slightly ...

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority in hunt for new director

Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members have decided to initiate a search for a new executive director. The governing board took the action Wednesday morning. Willie Mott, who had been the interim chief and named the agency’s permanent executive director in July, is still on the job, according to Chairwoman Jennifer Johnson. She declined to elaborate further on his employment status. ...

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CLOSE TO COLLAPSE — Engineers warn of dangerous structural deficiencies of Farish buildings

Buildings on the 300 block of downtown Jackson’s North Farish Street could soon be demolished if the Jackson Redevelopment Authority decides not to spend money to make them structurally safe. Engineers who spent some of July and August inspecting the crumbling row of former stores, eateries and nightclubs estimate repairs costing nearly $200,000 must be spent to keep them from ...

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JRA awaiting image makeover

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has conceded it has an image problem and is getting professional help to fix it. The agency widely known for the low priority it puts on transparency wants a makeover in public perception. It’s hired Yellow Brick Media Concepts of Jackson to provide it. The board received a proposal from Yellow Brick principal Kathy Times for ...

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OUR VIEW: JRA evolving toward transparency? Maybe, maybe not

Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members may have had to fight back a groan Wednesday at the idea of spending money for an image makeover. One member even compared the idea to putting perfume on a pig. Maybe for him it is. He’s looking at things from the inside, after all. Here on the outside, we see any new willingness ...

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Watkins says JRA out to block him from Farish by repaying HUD $1.5M

Former Farish Street developer David Watkins says he suspects bad faith motives are behind the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s agreement to cover a $1.5 million repayment the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has demanded from the City of Jackson. Watkins says the motive is clear to him:  Paying HUD could clear the way for the JRA to get a ...

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David Watkins demands HUD retract claims made in Farish project report

Watkins Development’s David Watkins is demanding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development retract negative characterizations it has made about him and his partners regarding their involvement in the redevelopment of downtown Jackson’s Farish Street. The angry reaction from Watkins stems from a Sept. 7 monitoring letter to Jackson city officials detailing what says are years of failure by ...

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UPDATE — David Watkins says JRA left him in dark about HUD's Farish St. involvement

By Ted Carter Farish Street Group principal David Watkins says he feels blindsided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of Farish Group from further involvement with HUD-funded projects. Watkins’ Farish Street Group until last October had a lease deal to transform downtown Jackson’s Farish Street into an entertainment district. He said that until Thursday, he did ...

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