City condemns vacant Shoney's building amid business boom - - Jackson, MS

City condemns vacant Shoney's building amid business boom

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Pearl city officials are taking action to address a building that has been closed for nearly four years on a major thoroughfare in the city.  

City leaders say they are experiencing tremendous growth, with no room for vacant businesses.   

"It'd look a lot better if they put something else there," said Pearl resident Justin Morrow.

The construction foreman is one of the Pearl residents who want to see a business open in the vacant Shoney's restaurant on Pearson Road.

It has been condemned by the city after a 2012 fire and no renovations have been made by the owners. 

"I think that they need to put something back,"  said Morrow. "You got all these businesses around the area and you got one closed down building. I think that makes the place look bad. It wouldn't hurt to boom a little bit more. It's a good place to live. I like it in Rankin County".

The Shoney's building is not dilapidated and those in nearby businesses say they have not been affected. Meanwhile, Pearl Community Development officials said it is a magnet for vagrants.

Director Jamie Oliver said there have been a number of arrests at the site where tractor trailer operators have trespassed and conducted illegal activities.

Oliver says Shoney's LLC attorneys suggested they were going to submit a plan to open a bed and breakfast six months ago, but nothing has happened.

Pearl officials said there has been a major uptick with 50 new businesses opening since January.

During this business boom for Pearl, the former KFC building also sits on Pearson Road.

According to city development, there are several prospects and it could be sold in 60 to 90 days.

Three major hotels are also slated to open, as well as a 265,000 square foot Federal Express Distribution Center scheduled for August of 2017.

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