The ribbon was cut Tuesday morning to officially open the medical parkway for use in Flowood, allowing about 300 acres close to two hospitals to be developed for medical offices and other related purposes.
Mayor Gary Rhoads says it is just another step in developing a new medical center, in what was once a sleepy little town, just across the Pearl River from Jackson.
"In the past three years, there has been over $200 million dollars spent in medical development in the city of Flowood," said Rhoads. "It cost the city a little over $300,000. It cost the developers about $2.5 million, a $2.8 million dollar development."
The medical development is the dream of plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Davidson, who looked to the east from his office window and reasoned it would be a good place for other doctors to locate their practices, because it had been so good for him.
Davidson said, "We came here almost nine years ago and we found the practice convenient for our patients. It's safe for our patients, it's been an excellent move for us."
Mayor Rhoads is also proud of three other developments nearing completion in the area.
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