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near the Gallatin Street intersection, will also include a Mississippi Blues Trail gift shop and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. The Iron Horse Building, LLC received $2.5 million in urban-renewal bonds from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority for the project. Along with about $1.4 million in developer investment and $1.5 million in New Market Tax Credits, developers planned a $6 million rebuild of the restaurant and bar, which burned twice, in 1998 and 1999, before closing its doors. “It provides a tremendous tiein between the core of downtown and projects west of the rail line extending to the campus of Jackson State University,” Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said in a city newsletter.

City Carries Metrocenter Until recently, Metrocenter Mall was on the verge of becoming the city’s largest indoor ghost town. The city may not have brought in a full revival, but it has provided some life support for the formerly thriving shopping complex. In November and December, nearly 300 employees in six city departments, including Parks and Recreation, Human and Cultural Services, and Water and Sewer, moved into the former Belk department store building. The move increased foot traffic in the mall by 29 percent from November to January, mall manager Scott Overby told BOOM. That’s not just people headed to work. “Those counts do not include city employees, who enter the city building through the back door and do not enter through the common mall area,” Overby said.

Whole Foods on Track The nation’s largest natural and organic grocery chain broke ground on a location in the Highland Village shopping center in early November, with plans to open by the fall of this year. Crews are working daily on the

31,000-square-foot store located in what used to be Highland Village’s east parking lot. The Austin, Texasbased chain offers foods with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. It also boasts a selection of locally grown food. Some don’t see Whole Foods as a locally oriented grocer at all, though. The Institute of Local Self-Reliance in Washington, D.C., points out that Whole Foods sells local products in less-visible locations of the store and at prices far higher than the grocer’s own brands, 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market. By this time next year, we may know just how Whole Foods co-exists with local organic grocer Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative and locally owned McDade’s Market, situated directly across Northside Drive from Highland Village.

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Baptist Expands in Belhaven Anyone who has driven by Baptist Medical Center on North State Street recently has noticed crews have almost completed construction on the metal-and-brick structure—to be called the “Belhaven”—just across the street. The five-story, 180,000 squarefoot building is nearly complete, and BHS hopes to see the building, as well as an 800-spot parking garage, open by May. Several tenants have already signed on, including medical providers like Premier Medical Group (which will take up 45 percent of the building, or about 70,000 square feet), Jackson Eye Associates, Retina Associates, Mississippi HomeCare, and BHS Neurosciences Services. The building will also have retail space, including an Einstein’s Bagels, a full-service restaurant called The Manship, a yogurt shop and a Trustmark Bank branch. The parking garage with be girded with 11 new townhomes on North and Manship streets. Get business and development news at jfpdaily.com. Send news tips to news@jacksonfreepress.com.

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