The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is closer to breaking ground on a multimillion-dollar project to redevelop land across from the Jackson Convention Complex.Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba believes Jackson has a lot of potential as a destination city for tourists and it is time to move the Capital City forward.“The citizens of Jackson have been waiting for a long time to see development where we move away from a project-based city to a vision city. A city that chases a collective vision,” Lumumba said.The mayor said a part of that vision is the Downtown Mixed-Use Development Project. It is a seven-acre downtown park that will be surrounded by buildings. The ground floor will be for commercial use. The floors above it will be residential and the rooftops for entertainment. The city’s vision is to have a large mixed-use facility intended to create diversity in the downtown area.“We know we have more than 40,000 people who visit our city every day and we have to do a good job of making sure their experience when they are here is maximized,” Lumumba said.The name of the project is Daylighting Town Creek. City planners said there will be an amphitheater, lounges, movie theaters and kayaking, which will allow people to kayak through the Capital City.“Being able to kayak from the Pearl River to Town Creek will add to the downtown experience,” said John Gomez, Downtown Jackson Partners president.“When we have people who come into our city for conventions, this is our opportunity to audition as a city, so we want them to have the best time in our city,” Lumumba said.Adding a hotel to the area will be a part of the final phase of the project.“It increases the chances of us attracting more conferences and overnight conferences to the Convention Center with a hotel and having things around it,” Gomez said.The problem that visitors run into when attending an event is that downtown Jackson is not laid out in a way that makes getting from one place to the other very easy.“It would be great if we had a couple of blocks where all the activity could be in,” Gomez said. “We have a lot of entertainment and activity occurring in downtown, except we have our issues that they are in pockets, so you don’t see them as much.”Several businesses have already gone up in the area where the city is looking to expand and several vacant buildings are nearby. If the city pulls off its latest venture, it could be a game changer. “I think it would be amazing and it would help so much,” said Kim Lewis, communication and destination development manager for Visit Jackson.City leaders are expected to announce who they’re contracting with in the next few weeks. There is no word yet on when construction will begin. The proposed One Lake Project will not affect this development, city leaders said.

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is closer to breaking ground on a multimillion-dollar project to redevelop land across from the Jackson Convention Complex.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba believes Jackson has a lot of potential as a destination city for tourists and it is time to move the Capital City forward.

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“The citizens of Jackson have been waiting for a long time to see development where we move away from a project-based city to a vision city. A city that chases a collective vision,” Lumumba said.

The mayor said a part of that vision is the Downtown Mixed-Use Development Project. It is a seven-acre downtown park that will be surrounded by buildings. The ground floor will be for commercial use. The floors above it will be residential and the rooftops for entertainment. The city’s vision is to have a large mixed-use facility intended to create diversity in the downtown area.

“We know we have more than 40,000 people who visit our city every day and we have to do a good job of making sure their experience when they are here is maximized,” Lumumba said.

The name of the project is Daylighting Town Creek. City planners said there will be an amphitheater, lounges, movie theaters and kayaking, which will allow people to kayak through the Capital City.

“Being able to kayak from the Pearl River to Town Creek will add to the downtown experience,” said John Gomez, Downtown Jackson Partners president.

“When we have people who come into our city for conventions, this is our opportunity to audition as a city, so we want them to have the best time in our city,” Lumumba said.

Adding a hotel to the area will be a part of the final phase of the project.

“It increases the chances of us attracting more conferences and overnight conferences to the Convention Center with a hotel and having things around it,” Gomez said.

The problem that visitors run into when attending an event is that downtown Jackson is not laid out in a way that makes getting from one place to the other very easy.

“It would be great if we had a couple of blocks where all the activity could be in,” Gomez said. “We have a lot of entertainment and activity occurring in downtown, except we have our issues that they are in pockets, so you don’t see them as much.”

Several businesses have already gone up in the area where the city is looking to expand and several vacant buildings are nearby. If the city pulls off its latest venture, it could be a game changer.

“I think it would be amazing and it would help so much,” said Kim Lewis, communication and destination development manager for Visit Jackson.

City leaders are expected to announce who they’re contracting with in the next few weeks. There is no word yet on when construction will begin. The proposed One Lake Project will not affect this development, city leaders said.

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