NE Jackson residents oppose new state building in their neighborhood
Residents of northeast Jackson meet to oppose plans to build a new tax commission office in their neighborhood.
More than one hundred people gathered at the River Hills Country Club to organize a Coalition to fight a proposed plan that would borrow $50 million dollars to build the state facility.
Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Leland Speed says it would be located on Lakeland Drive and Ridgewood Road.
Homeowners say it would clear trees that currently buffer the area, increase traffic and lower their property values.
Saturday night a state bond bill was passed that provides $3 million dollars for a study of the proposal. Speed says there are 3 other options in downtown Jackson and Hinds County.
"We're very concerned about the quality of like and in our neighborhood the encroachment of a state office building adjacent to the property of 53 homeowners. We're also very disappointed in the lack of transparency over how this project has developed," said Lamar Nesbit, Eastbrook II Subdivision President.
"We're squeezing education and mental health in the state of Mississippi. We don't see where it makes a lot of sense to go spending twice as much as is necessary to house a state agency," added Leland Speed, MS Economic
Speed says some residents met with Lt. Governor Phil Bryant and other lawmakers about the plan. We were unable to reach Bryant for comment.
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