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Hundreds of apartment dwellers expected with downtown redevelopment

On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT
On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT
On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT
On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT
On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Construction is underway in downtown Jackson, quite the contrast from just five years ago.

On Capitol Street, construction crews are transforming vacant buildings into apartments and commercial space. 

"It has a really great feel," said Taylor Polk. "So getting to live here in Jackson's gonna make that better."

The Jackson native is excited about the redevelopment in downtown Jackson.

Along Capitol Street alone, once vacant structures -- from the Edison Walthall, to the Eastland Federal Courthouse and the Landmark Center -- are being renovated into apartments and commercial spaces.

According to Ben Allen, President of the Downtown Jackson Partners, there should be over 200 new apartments opening by fall.

"I love the resurgence. I love Jackson, and I think this could be a great place for people to come if it continues to develop," said Polk. "I think Mr. Allen and the Jackson development committee have done a good job of getting people interested in downtown."

Near the corner of State and Capitol Streets, the Faulkner Building is being transformed into an event planning space with a rooftop entertainment deck.

It will be able to host everything from weddings to Super Bowl parties.

It's scheduled to open this summer.

Judith Schley and her husband flew to Jackson to visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and believes the downtown redevelopment will attract more tourists.

"There's a lot of incredible architecture here and I think it's a shame that it's not being redeveloped, because I think there's huge potential," said Schley. "I'm from Los Angeles and one of the things that they said about downtown LA is that it couldn't happen and now it's a boom town."

According to Allen, 65 percent of the downtown development is being done by out of state investors.

"It was pretty bleak. Now it's alive and five years from now, you're gonna see probably four, five, 600 more apartments," said Allen." We've got a development going on now in the Landmark Center to put a grocery store in, hopefully that's gonna happen. It's not a done deal."

Allen said 200 apartments are also planned for the Landmark Center which is being renovated by a Baton Rouge developer.

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