‘Gateway Housing Initiative’ to restore neighborhoods in West Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Mayor Tony Yarber announced plans for the “Gateway Housing Initiative”.

The project was created to help restore neighborhoods in West Jackson.

“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,” the Mayor 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.”

Along with the Mayor, 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 will cost about $1.1 million. Phase I includes Claiborne St., Ellis Ave., Holland St., Houston St., Jayne St., Macy St., and Moss St. The pilot project will have a focus on infrastructure, housing and economic development. During the first phase that is set to start in the first quarter of next year, the initiative will emphasize the rehab of homes in the area. The city will pursue infill development opportunities with city-owned lots and those conveyed to the city by the state.  The city will launch a Green Infrastructure Challenge, allowing firms to compete for the design of practices that improve stormwater management and reduce sanitary sewer overflows. A Developers’ Challenge will be launched for Phase II by spring 2016.

The entire project is estimated to cost about $4.1 million.

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