Healthcare corridor planned from I-55 to I-20 - - Jackson, MS

Healthcare corridor planned from I-55 to I-20

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A plan to unite the medical and corporate communities along a centralized area was unveiled Tuesday at the Jackson Medical Mall.

It's called the Mississippi Healthcare Corridor project, and partners expect the transformation to attract patients from across the southeast.

Stake holders in the proposed Mississippi Healthcare Corridor were shown a video presentation of what the future could be.

"It will be a destination for health, business and communities," said Jackson Medical Mall Executive Director Primus Wheeler.

He described the project as a plan to redevelop a five mile stretch of medical facilities linking I-55 to I-220.

Fifty community partners are on board.

"Everybody along the corridor had some things going on and so what we've decided to do is let's put all of those into one coordinated effort and come up with one big master plan," Wheeler said.

Existing medical facilities along Woodrow Wilson will be the focus.

But also planned are retail businesses, redevelopment of Hawkins Field and the creation of a U.M.C. Biomedical Research Center located at the Old Farmers Market.

"Right in the center of this corridor of course is where we are today, the Jackson Medical Mall, which began in a similar fashion some 15 years ago and as a vision of several individuals and organizations," said Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr.

A seven member steering committee representing health care institutions, government, education and businesses along and near Woodrow Wilson Boulevard have worked for about a year on the concept.

"We already have the input from the community, as well as all the natural players that are there and nothing's being overlooked. Nobody is being pushed aside," said Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership President and CEO Duane O'Neill.

New signage, green space, lighting and landscaping would compliment a concourse for hotels, shops, restaurants and night life.

A new grocery store, Save A Lot, is under construction on the medical mall property.

Concept partners look at it as evidence of commitment by businessman Dan Myers and others to make the healthcare corridor a reality and success.

No specifics on finances or a time table were released.

Organizers hope to have a strategic development plan in about six months.

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