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The Lamar will offer Oxford neo-Southern

By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford is growing. In many cases, that means sprawl, anathema for city planners. But for this college town (the University of Mississippi for you extraterrestrials) with its classic Southern architecture The Lamar will be an “extension” of the town square and all its history and amenities, said Kimberly Sharp, consultant for the developers. “We don’t in any ...

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After major redesign, construction of Cleveland hotel complex resumes

Dinesh Chawla By Jack Weatherly After extensive redesign, the Scion West End hotel complex is moving forward in the construction phase. That’s the word from Dinesh Chawla, president of Chawla Hotels Inc., which is building the $20 million project in west Cleveland. Things were moving toward a completion in late 2017, when Chawla and his brother, Suresh, signed a deal ...

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Northpark owner buys theater, but may repurpose

By Jack Weatherly No one was in a hurry to buy the building that houses the UA Northpark 14. That was obvious after its owner, United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, put it on the market in early 2016. It failed to get a buyer in more than two years. The owner then tried to auction the 36,000-square-foot building and ...

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Lehman-Roberts Co. asphalt plants in Mississippi recognized by National Asphalt Pavement Association

Lehman-Roberts Co., a highway paving, construction and aggregate industry, recently announced two of its plants have earned Diamond Achievement Commendation by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). Plant 10 in Byhalia and Plant 7 in Batesville were honored with the Diamond Achievement Commendation for Excellence in Asphalt Plant/Site Operations. The Diamond Achievement Commendation is a nationally recognized and respected program ...

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Mississippi city condemns apartment complex for violations

A city in Mississippi has condemned an apartment complex because of a number of problems. WLOX-TV reported the city of Pascagoula condemned the Frances Street Apartments on Thursday, saying the complex was unsafe and posed a health problem. The city also noted electrical problems and theft of utilities. Property manager Brittany Robinson says the condemnation makes 23 people homeless. Inspectors ...

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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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Meridian hotel third to get tourism tax rebate

By JACK WEATHERLY A third hotel will be built thanks significantly to the Mississippi Tourism Incentive program. The state law that created the program will provide up to 30 percent of the more than $23 million conversion of the 16-story 1929 art deco Threefoot Building in downtown Meridian. That would mean $6.9 million toward eligible costs, according to the certificate ...

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Central Mississippi a seller’s market for houses

By JACK WEATHERLY Central Mississippi continues to be a seller’s market for homes, with the median sales price rising 6.5 percent in July compared with a year earlier. The midpoint price of a house sold in that period rose to $189,000 from $177,500, according to the Central Mississippi Multiple Listing System. Also, days on the market were down 23.8 percent ...

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Gulfport builder wins $68 million Ingalls contract

By JACK WEATHERLY Gulfport-based Roy Anderson Corp. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $68 million by Huntington Ingalls Inc. for the East Bank Revitalization project in Pascagoula. The project is part of Huntington Ingalls’ plans to reactivate its shipbuilding facilities on the East Bank of the Pascagoula River, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Work ...

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