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David Watkins demands HUD retract claims made in Farish project report

Watkins Development’s David Watkins is demanding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development retract negative characterizations it has made about him and his partners regarding their involvement in the redevelopment of downtown Jackson’s Farish Street. The angry reaction from Watkins stems from a Sept. 7 monitoring letter to Jackson city officials detailing what says are years of failure by ...

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UPDATE — David Watkins says JRA left him in dark about HUD's Farish St. involvement

By Ted Carter Farish Street Group principal David Watkins says he feels blindsided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of Farish Group from further involvement with HUD-funded projects. Watkins’ Farish Street Group until last October had a lease deal to transform downtown Jackson’s Farish Street into an entertainment district. He said that until Thursday, he did ...

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UPDATED: Jackson agrees to repay HUD $1.5 million for Farish Street blunders

The City of Jackson has agreed to repay the federal government $503,603 a year over the next three years to settle violations claimed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the stalled Farish Street Entertainment District project. Further, HUD has suspended the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and Farish Street Group headed by developer David Watkins from participating in HUD ...

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UPDATED: Farish St. issue heading to court to settle JRA objections on developer lien

JACKSON, Mississippi – Liens filed recently by the Farish Group to protect what it says is its several million dollars of expenditures in the stalled Farish Street redevelopment project has been met with a lawsuit from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, the city agency that booted Farish Group from the project earlier this month. Lance Stevens, lawyer for Farish Group managing ...

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Farish developer faces obstacles with new buildout strategy

Getting OK on buildout money will not be an easy task Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have changed their leasing strategy to include paying for the buildouts of the clubs and shops they have restored along the first block of the former business and nightlife hub of Jackson’s African-American community. Watkins Development, which has a 45-year lease with ...

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Getting a brand new look with an old, classic style

Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery; it can be a profitable business opportunity for contractors and skilled laborers. Throughout the state and across the nation, old buildings are finding new life through their preservation and adaptive reuse. Prime examples of such undertakings are projects in Jackson with the Standard Life Building, the King Edward Hotel, the Federal ...

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