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Lamar Life Building to be converted to mixed use — apartments, retail and office

By JACK WEATHERLY Developer Andrew Mattiace will convert the historical Lamar Life Building in downtown Jackson into loft apartments and office and retail space. The conversion of the 11-story building commenced last week and will be complete in November, Mattiace said in an interview. Mattiace said he made a decision to put up a banner on the building announcing the ...

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Brasfield & Gorrie begins construction on University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatrics tower

General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie recently began construction on a $180 million new pediatrics tower at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in December. Site work began in January, and the project will be completed in fall 2020. The seven-story, 340,000-square-foot tower is being built adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital. The structure ...

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Congratulations to Jackson Top Producer Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop of Crye-Leike Madison-Jackson Metro is the top producer of Crye-Leike’s Central Mississippi region. She had the highest sales volume in sold Real Estate for the region in 2017. She specializes in residential, investment properties, condominiums and townhomes, as well as new home construction and land. She is a Graduate of Realtor Institute and a Certified Residential Specialist. Bishop ...

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TOWERING OVER TUPELO — First Fairpark Tower building filling fast

TUPELO – Completion of the first of two planned buildings for Fairpark Towers in downtown Tupelo is still several months away, but the four-story, 40,000-square-foot structure is quickly getting filled. “We’ve got it 68 percent leased,” said Colin Maloney, the owner of Maloney Development Properties. “We’ve got some space on the first floor and some space on the third floor. ...

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AGC of Mississippi announces 2018 President and Board of Directors

Brad Fountain of Fountain Construction Co. in Jackson was recently installed as the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi’s President of the Board for the 2018 year. Joining Fountain as Vice President and 2019 President-elect is Matt McWilliams of Thrash Commercial Contractors in Brandon, and Secetary-Treasurer Cornel Clement of Dan Hensarling, Inc., in Gulfport. Two new Board positions representing the Subcontractors ...

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Colonial Highlands project clothed in silence

By JACK WEATHERLY The former managing partner in the $250 million plan to build a mixed-use community on the former 152-acre Colonial Country Club property in Jackson is no longer involved in the effort. Bo Lockard recently referred the Mississippi Business Journal to Luke Guarisco, whom he said was an original investor in the project. Numerous calls over several weeks to Guarisco ...

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Blackburn Group and related companies have $100 million in real estate projects under development

By BECKY GILLETTE David Blackburn, 39, president/CEO, The Blackburn Group, LLC, Oxford, oversees quite an impressive array of developments for someone who is not yet 40. His company, which is the parent company of R.J. Allen & Associates, Inc., general contractors, Blackburn Communities, Fitness Holdings and other related development entities, is involved in some of Oxford’s largest residential, retail and ...

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Smith Park: ‘We just felt like we had to do something’

By JULIA MILLER In the heart of downtown Jackson, Smith Park is getting a much-needed refresh after recent efforts to revitalize the historic area. “For 10 to 15 years, or even longer it’s been tired and has needed a major renovation,” said John Gomez, associate director at Jackson Downtown Partners. “We just felt like we had to do something.” For ...

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Executive Commitee president says overall the state is seeing a rise in real estate sales

By  CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Mississippi realtors have a cheerleader — Karen Glass, the president of the executive committee of Mississippi Realtors. “Realtors need cheerleaders,” Glass said. “We are often taken for granted and only thought of when someone needs to buy or sell property. I want it known that we are great community champions and many of us serve in ...

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