By TED CARTER
A lease for 27,700 square feet to the Ross and Yerger insurance agency has brought occupancy at the new One Eastover Center to 98 percent, say developers of the five-story office component of Jackson’s District at Eastover mixed-use development.
The 156-year-old Ross & Yerger joins law firm Baker Donelson, and CPA firm Cosmich, Simmons & Brown in the newly completed, 120,000 square-foot One Eastover. The office building on the I-55 North Frontage Road just north of Lakeland Drive opened in March. One Eastover is attached to a multi-level parking garage.
Ross & Yerger plans to occupy its new home in August. The firm is now in downtown Jackson’s City Centre at 200 S. Lamar St.
Founded in 1860, Ross & Yerger is the oldest independent insurance agency in Mississippi. The firm employs 106 people in four locations including Jackson, Tupelo, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. “We are thrilled to be involved with the most positive and exciting development in the city of Jackson,” said Dudley Wooley, CEO of Ross & Yerger. “We are very fortunate to have maintained our independence through the years as a locally owned agency, and this move sends a clear message to our employees, clients and community that we are very committed to continued perpetuation”.
John Holder, CEO of Eastover developer Holder Properties of Atlanta, said the company is “pleased to have secured such high quality tenants to occupy the building in such a short period of time.”
Holder Properties, a privately held real estate development firm, bought the land from Jackson’s Duckworth Realty in 2014. One Eastover Center was the first development to break ground at The District at Eastover and was a catalyst for the mixed-use development. The District at Eastover is a $150 million development that when complete will feature 585,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space in downtown Jackson.
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