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BOOMING — Growth leads to change on Ridgeland’s Jackson Street

By BECKY GILLETTE Jackson Street in Ridgeland has been seeing a surge in new commercial real estate activity, and more new projects are under way adding to the mix. “We’re beginning to see some very positive things happening,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee. “I think a lot has to do with the fact that the economy has improved, but ...

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Former Ridgeland Kroger building to get new occupants

By JACK WEATHERLY The former Kroger store at 2000 E. County Line Road in Ridgeland, vacant for nearly four years, will soon have new occupants. Sky Zone, a trampoline-based franchise, and Crunch Fitness, a gym, will divide the space. Dean & Dean Architects of Jackson is doing the basic design work and construction. Jason Vanhaelen, project manager, said Dean & ...

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Ridgeland sets trial run toward becoming a ‘smart city’

By JACK WEATHERLY Traffic goes with growth. Ridgeland’s population has more than doubled since 1990 – reaching nearly 25,000 –while the Madison County’s estimated 2016 population likewise more than doubled in that period, hitting 105,000. And traffic drives much of the waking hours of government and civic leaders in the county. The population growth “has put a major strain on ...

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Justice denies expedited hearing of Costco case

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlain has denied a motion by the city of Ridgeland to expedite the hearing of an appeal by homeowners challenging the legitimacy of a rezoning of property for the creation of a phase of the Renaissance at Colony Parkway. Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled in April in favor ...

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Northpark faces brave new world of mall retailing

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit Suisse predicted earlier this month that up to 25 percent of U.S. malls will be closed within five years. The Switzerland-based financial services giant’s outlook sent ripples across the world of malls, which have dominated the retail landscape for several decades. Credit Suisse and other observers see an overbuilt market, not unlike the housing market of ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Doe’s: the tradition comes to Ridgeland

Maybe Shakespeare got it wrong. A Doe’s by any other name probably wouldn’t be as big of a deal. The restaurant did a very low profile opening last week but the fact that it was half full anyway is testament to the name of the steak and tamales restaurant that dates to 1941 in Greenville. No advertising beyond the sign ...

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Township at Colony Park to build penultimate phase

By JACK WEATHERLY Kerioth Corp. is planning to add two hotels and a conference center as one of the last two phases of The Township at Colony Park. And latest aspect of the mixed-use development in Ridgeland will be in keeping with the upscale nature of the project that began 2003, said Kerioth President and Chief Executive Clint Herring. Two ...

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UPDATE: Appeal coming after ruling in favor of Costco plan

  By JACK WEATHERLY Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled Friday that developers could move forward with plans to build a Costco Wholesale store on the Highland Colony Parkway – a plan hotly contested by homeowners. On Monday, Sheldon Alston, attorney for the nine plaintiffs, said the ruling will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.  Emfinger held a ...

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Hearing held on appeal of Costco zoning

By JACK WEATHERLY Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger held a hearing Monday of an appeal by homeowners in a protracted battle over the proposed building of a Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland. The nine plaintiffs contend that an amendment by the city to a commercial zoning ordinance amounted to “spot zoning” designed to accommodate Costco, and opening the ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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