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JPS included in Metrocenter redevelopment plans

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The developer of the King Edward Revitalization Project has plans to breathe new life into the Metrocenter Mall with the Jackson Public School district playing a major role.

Attorney David Watkins made a presentation Tuesday to the J.P.S. Board of Trustees about Project Retro Metro.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. was in attendance.

Watkins briefed the board on plans to renovate the Metrocenter by moving the Jackson Public School's administrative offices into the old Belk building.

The space is 240,000 square feet.

Administrative offices will be consolidated and located in the second floor of the former Belk location.

"The taxes in Metrocenter are about 10% of what they were just 10 years ago. We think this move will generate a huge new population, probably as much as a thousand people a day in and out of the mall," said Watkins.

The board is considering the plan which Watkins said will also include residential components, entertainment and other functions.

No cost estimate was given.

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