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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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Federal suit charges Pearl discriminates against multi-family housing


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


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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Best Buy to close store on County Line Road

Jack Weatherly The County Line Road retail corridor will lose another major retailer with the closing of the Best Buy store at 6374 Ridgewood Court in Jackson. The store will close at the end of business on Oct. 31, the Richfield, Minn.-based chain said Monday in a release. It opened in November 2000. The announcement comes on the heels of ...

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


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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Costco: plan ‘not a done deal’ but site is prime

Lawson Hester addresses questions to developer Andrew Mattiace as a 
crowd of several hundred listens. Photo by Jack Weatherly

Ridgeland crowd takes wholesaler and developer to task By JACK WEATHERLY Under intense questioning for two hours Thursday night from a skeptical crowd of several hundred at the Ridgeland High School auditorium, a Costco representative conceded that it was not committed to a site on Highland Colony Parkway. “This is not a done deal,” said Dan Venable. The audience of ...

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