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Hinds Economic Development Authority taken to court next week

A developer's dream: more than 400 acres of real estate right off I-55 near Wynndale Road.

The Hinds County Economic Development Authority has been marketing the Sonny McDonald Industrial Park for years. They promise on-site electric hookups, wastewater and sewer. But Magnolia Label, a company that appears to be the only tenant at the park, says when they bought some of the land back in 2004, those were empty promises.

"When they went to look at the park, representatives from the district showed them places in the park they were looking at, indentations. This is where your sewer line is, this is where your electric is," says Judson Lee, Attorney for Magnolia Label.

According to the plaintiffs, soon after construction began on their building, there was no onsite electric hookup as was promised in the literature. Soon after that, they found out there was no wastewater or sewage hookups either. "My clients were led to believe there were sewer lines running along the property. The sewer lines were not there. They're not there today," Lee says.

In March 2005, the Director of the Economic Development Authority, which was called the Economic Development District at the time, told Hinds County Supervisors that there were some issues with utilities in the industrial park that the district had not been aware of. Board members said they wanted to relieve Magnolia Label's hardship.

A sewage treatment system was installed that same month, but it was a septic tank system. "My clients would like what it was they bargained for, and they have not yet received that," Lee says.

Attorneys for the Economic Development Authority could not be reached for comment.

A clause in the contract with Magnolia Label states, "The seller has not made and makes no warranties or representations regarding the property... The buyer accepts the property in as-is condition." 

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