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Federal suit charges Pearl discriminates against multi-family housing

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By TED CARTER  Pearl’s efforts to put manufactured home parks in the city out of business is rooted in a “purposeful discrimination” against low-and-middle-income housing, a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of three owners of longstanding parks in Pearl charges. Jackson lawyer John G. Corlew’s suit takes aim at Pearl’s effort to use the parks’ non-conforming use designations to keep ...

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Circuit judge rules for filling vacant mobile home lots in Pearl

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Mobile home parks in Pearl and Richland similar to the one pictured have been involved in a legal battle that has favored the park owners.

By TED CARTER Pearl has failed in an effort to show that its actions against a mobile park differed from those of Richland, whose attempt to prevent a manufactured  home park from refilling vacated lots met with defeat in the Supreme Court in May. Like Richland, Pearl has no legal authority to stop a park owner from filling a vacant lot, ...

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UPDATE: Circuit judge rules for filling vacant mobile home lots in Pearl

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By Ted Carter Pearl has no authority to prevent a manufactured  home park from refilling vacated lots with manufactured homes, Madison-Rankin Circuit Judge John H. Emfinger ruled Wednesday. Pearl City Attorney James Bobo said Friday he will meet with the mayor and City Council to decide whether to appeal. The ruling in favor of Homewood Co.’s Grove Acres Mobile Home ...

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On the road to growth: West Rankin Parkway may open path to development

Construction workers set beams in place for a bridge on the West Rankin Parkway, which will stretch for 3.5 miles from Treetops Boulevard in Flowood to Pearson Road in Pearl, essentially linking Lakeland and Interstate 20. Photos courtesy of the Pickering Firm

With seven or eight months to go before completion of phase one of the new north-south corridor between Pearl and Flowood, officials in both cities are confident major development will take place along the new West Rankin Parkway. “It’s going to open up an awful lot of property for development,” said Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers. Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads said ...

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Fun at the ol’ Ballpark — Staff spends hours preparing, planning before gates open at Trustmark Park

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Dave Burke has spent a quarter century selling minor league baseball from the Texas prairie to New York’s Hudson Valley and parts in between. He signed on as sales director with the Mississippi Braves five years ago. Last year, he brought home attendance to 211,200 fans, averaging 3,152 tickets sold over 67 home dates. That’s a level not seen since ...

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Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on their path of aspiring to ...

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Critics say Pearl out to eliminate mobile homes and apartments – not safeguard them

Pearl is taking dramatic — and some say unprecedented and unconstitutional – steps to rid the city of manufactured homes and to downsize existing apartment complexes. October brought requirements that manufactured home parks and rental complexes build community storm shelters able to accommodate all residents and withstand the force of a F-2 tornado. In addition, the City mandated apartment complexes ...

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Challenging times ahead for Pearl’s manufactured home residents, apartment complex owners

A proclamation from Gov. Phil Bryant declaring October “Manufactured Home Month” noted the factory-built dwellings provide housing for 507,000 Mississippians. But there could soon be manufactured housing for far fewer people in Pearl, a Rankin County city of about 25,000 residents. Public safety and a desire to keep non-conforming land uses from “going on forever” are behind expansive zoning changes ...

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Legal filing seeks to halt Pearl’s effort to ease out mobile homes

Pearl’s efforts to keep mobile home parks from re-renting spaces after a space is vacated have met with a suit from the owners of Grove Acres Mobile Home Park. Pearl insists its desire to whittle the number of mobile homes in the city is based on the risks to mobile home parks from natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. ...

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Kathy Hackshaw earns CSM credential

Kathy Hackshaw, general manager of The Outlets of Mississippi, has earned her Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) credential. Hackshaw brings 20 years of retail property management experience in arenas including asset management, budget allocation, policy and procedure creation and marketing to the Outlets of Mississippi where she is responsible for property operations, lease administration, budget administration, tenant communications and staff ...

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