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National Apartment Association rep sees image problem for Ridgeland

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» Ole Miss professor doubts moves against apartments will be seen widely as negative By TED CARTER Ridgeland could be creating an image among commercial investors as a city that changes land-use rules as it goes along, the head lobbyist for the National Apartment Association says. The problem rests with the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen’s decision to apply new and ...

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HUD’s racism charge could nudge Ridgeland into settling housing bias issues

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By TED CARTER Ridgeland can put health and public safety atop its list of reasons to rid the city of a great number of its multi-family housing units. But then it must justify the dislocation of large numbers of low-and-moderate-income residents, many of whom are black and Hispanic. That justification is probably out of reach, according to Ed Sullivan, who practiced ...

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HUD charges Ridgeland targeted removal of minorities with zoning law


The goal has been to transform southeast Ridgeland by getting rid of apartments predominantly occupied by African-Americans, HUD says By TED CARTER Ridgeland officials are engaging in “unlawful discrimination based on race,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleges in an administrative complaint that addresses Ridgeland’s campaign to dramatically reduce multi-family rental units in the city. HUD made no ...

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Agent: Applebee’s departure a matter of lease, not location


By JACK WEATHERLY County Line Road retail corridor lost another stalwart when Applebee’s Grill and Bar decided to leave early in the fall after more than 20 years at the intersection with Ridgewood Road. But why that decision was made colors the vitality of the corridor, which has lost several major stores in the past few years. Was it because ...

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Homeowners sue Ridgeland over ordinance allowing Costco


A lawsuit by nine Ridgeland homeowners contends that the developer of the proposed phase three of the Renaissance at Colony Park has no legal standing at the local or state level to move forward with the project. The homeowners seek a declaratory judgment voiding steps taken by the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen that led to an agreement with the Mississippi ...

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Ridgeland hit with yet another housing discrimination suit

By TED CARTER A land-use strategy to establish segregated housing and lower the number of minority students in Ridgeland’s public schools is behind the City’s effort to displace nearly 5,000 residents who live in apartment complexes, a federal lawsuit claims. The suit filed by Watkins & Eager attorneys Robert Ireland and Paul Stephenson on behalf of the owners of Lakeshore Landing ...

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Proposal to form business district languishes while County Line reels

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The left-right combination of two major retailers leaving County Line Road has stunned the retail corridor, but has focused attention on how it’s doing in its fight to compete with newer challengers. Sam’s Club left Aug. 6 and Best Buy’s last day is Oct. 31. Meantime, a 75-page survey completed a year ago for the cities of ...

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Big dollars at stake for Ridgeland in campaign to reduce apartments in city

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By TED CARTER A growing stack of legal bills seems not to have dimmed Ridgeland City Council’s enthusiasm for cutting way back on multi-family rental units within the city. Neither has the prospect for new costs that may arise from court losses that could include economic damages liability and liability for violations of the Fair Housing Act as well as pledges ...

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Costco has become albatross for Renaissance expansion plan


By JACK WEATHERLY  A group headed by developer Andrew Mattiace last year applied for a sales tax rebate of up to $29.6 million for expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park less than a month before the state law that created the Tourism Tax Incentive expired. Beating the repeal of the law enabled the Jackson developer to move forward with ...

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