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克林顿的城市, Local Developer Partner with MC to Transform Land Between Highway 80, I-20进入高档混合用途开发.


The yellow box in this aerial photograph indicates 密西西比大学 land that will be developed as part of the project.
The yellow box in this aerial photograph indicates 密西西比大学 land that will be developed as part of the project.

An $8 million legislative grant obtained by this public-private partnership will soon lay the groundwork for long-desired mixed-use retail, 餐厅, 商业, and professional space between Highway 80 and Inter状态 20 west of Springridge Road in Clinton.

The initiative was championed by long-time Clinton Representative Philip Gunn, who also serves as Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives. 纳入众议院第1353号法案, 这笔资金将用于支持与现场工作相关的成本, 建设, 以及街道的发展, 路灯及信号, 电气和通信配电系统和设备, 水和排水系统基础设施, 以及相关的基础设施.

这个项目, MC之间的合伙关系, 克林顿城, 沃克和本, 一位当地的开发商和企业主, is set to turn the property into an upscale attraction for shoppers, 美食家, 和企业家. 它可能会吸引零售商, 餐馆老板, 杂货商, 银行家, 以及整个东南部的酒店经营者.

Walker will contribute a parcel of land directly to the west of Springridge Road and north of the Springridge Shopping Center. 该大学将提供大部分财产, 向西是乔克托族的足球场. Merchants and other occupants of the development will lease space from the partners, 谁会继续拥有他们各自的物业.

Dr. 布莱克·汤普森, MC总统, said the development will benefit all those working and studying on the Clinton campus and will enhance recruiting efforts for the 状态’s oldest institution of higher learning.

“This project has been dreamed about for a long time,” Thompson said. “我很感激克林顿市, 密西西比州, 沃克和本 for joining with us and taking the first step toward making the development a reality. 演讲者, 市长菲尔·费雪, and the Board have been remarkable partners in their support throughout this first stage of the project.”

The first phase of the project will encompass about 45 to 50 acres, stretching from Walker’s acreage adjacent to Springridge Road and University property up to a line roughly parallel to 国会街. 第二阶段, 预计在三年内开始, 会否开发MC公司80号高速公路以南的剩余土地.

罗宾逊的春天, a natural water source that has served the people of Clinton for generations, 将被保留下来, and its historical significance will become a feature of the development. 同样的, 利克家族公墓, 位于物业的东北角, 将保持.

Dr. 劳埃德·罗伯茨“Bo”, former dean of business and special projects manager in the Office of Business Affairs at MC, 从一开始就是项目委员会的成员, watched as the first trees were removed from the property July 19.

“一个月后,这个地方将会有很大的不同,罗伯茨说:“, who has been involved in acquiring and maintaining land in the area on behalf of the University for more than 20 years. “We’ve always thought the property would be good for development.”

The Clinton Board of Alderman voted July 19 to approve the conceptual plan for the development. While the city would reap financial benefits – along with additional sales tax from new businesses, an enhanced property valuation of the area would result in a much larger ad valorum tax – Chip Wilbanks, 董事会成员和MC毕业生, said the development would provide a distinctive visual element for Clinton.

“对生活在这里的人来说,这将是令人兴奋的, we hope to attract visitors as they are passing by on the Inter状态, and we hope those living in the Jackson metro area will make an intentional effort to come to Clinton,”威尔班克斯说.

“This has the potential to be the greatest and most significant development in 克林顿城 in my lifetime.”

Wilbanks said the board’s unanimous approval was indicative of the support the project has enjoyed from city, 状态, 和大学领导人.

“我对这个进展感到非常激动, 很明显,董事会的每个人也都很兴奋,”他说. “It’s a great example of how 密西西比大学 and 克林顿城 can work together to make improvements that benefit both parties. MC is such an integral part of and an anchor to our city – they’re so intricately entwined that anything that benefits one is great for the other.

“很高兴看到网赌有哪些大平台合作得这么好.”

Walker said the development’s accessibility to the Inter状态 – the property is located between two exits on I-20 – is another prime indicator of success.

“This has been a very underdeveloped piece of property for a long time,” Walker said. “网赌有哪些大平台觉得克林顿有高端零售的需求. 如果网赌有哪些大平台能找到合适类型的商店和餐馆, it will give the citizens of Clinton a place to shop and eat without having to go to other communities. In turn, it should help the college greatly with prospective students.”

罗伯茨同意. He sees the development as a valuable recruitment tool for the University.

“The college will have an attractive area that will help support its faculty, 工作人员, 和学生,”他说.

“Potential students and their families visiting our campus may be able to stay in a nice hotel across the street, 在高档餐厅吃饭, 享受方便行人的人行道, 在对学生有吸引力的商店购物.

“The idea is to build an upscale development that will enhance the reputation of the college and the city. 汤普森总统对这个领域有一个伟大的愿景. He’s created a lot of interest from outside businesses that would like a spot on this property. We’re on the verge of developing something that will enhance the city like never before.”

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