Mayor Tony T. Yarber on Monday, Dec. 21, announced the “Gateway Housing Initiative,” a new multiphase pilot program to restore neighborhoods in west Jackson.
The pilot project will have a focus on infrastructure, housing and economic development.
The Mayor — joined by representatives from the Mississippi Housing Partnership, the Green Healthy Homes Initiative, State Rep. Alyce Clarke and City Councilman Charles Tillman — announced details of Phase I of the project. Phase I invests approximately $1.1 million toward the estimated $4.1 million revitalization project, including properties to be conveyed by the state to the city.
The City of Jackson, in collaboration with the Mississippi Housing Partnership and other partners, will utilize federal HOME grant funds to rehabilitate qualified homes in west Jackson.
The target area in Phase I includes Claiborne St., Ellis Ave., Holland St., Houston St., Jayne St., Macy St., and Moss St.
“We’re excited to launch this pilot project as it will allow us to ascertain the approaches that will best suit our city when it comes to bringing back a complete community for residents,” Mayor Yarber said. “This project addresses the needs of existing homeowners, the acquisition and demolition of blighted properties, infrastructure improvements, public safety concerns and commercial and business development.”
Timothy Collins, executive director of the Mississippi Housing Partnership, said the have identified homeowners who want their homes rehabilitated and they are moving through the program's qualification process.
“Whenever a revitalization project is conceived, the first step is to solidify and strengthen what is already there. What is there is a strong contingent of homeowners and other residents who have made a long-term commitment to west Jackson,” said Collins.
Phase I of the project will begin the first quarter of 2016 and will focus on rehabilitating area homes. The city will pursue infill development opportunities with city-owned lots and those conveyed to the city by the state.
The city plans to launch infrastructure and development challenges, allowing firms to compete for the design of practices that will improve the area.
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