Local News, Jackson, MS.
There has been a lot of discussion about the Jackson Public School Administrative offices moving into the old metro center mall. A Jackson school leader who finally spoke out Friday night called Metro Center Mall a slum, saying that’s one reason the school system needs to take a long look at the proposal before moving into the shopping center. Atleast one Board member had enough guts to ask the hard qeustions and call it like she saw it. Otha Burton had questions about the move and the area. “We wouldn’t want to locate the administrative offices for the school district in a slum area to control all the property to be developed,” Burton said. “We don’t do that.”
This is a pet project for Developer David Watkins and hes got Mayor Harvey Johnson on his side. The developer bought the old Belk department store at Metro Center Mall and said the district could save millions by relocating their nine seperate locations into one building.
Mrs. Burton has hit the nail on the head. There isn’t one part of that whole area that isnt a slum. For that matter there isnt very much in the jackson city limits that isnt a slum or on its way to being one. While it would save jackson millions to centralize they would have to have armed security and fence the whole property in to make it safe.
Watkins developement plan includes a movie theater, hotel, more retail and even a possible water park inside the Metro Center Mall in the coming years. Mr watkins has lost his mind, people quit going to the metro center mall becuase of safety, degradation issues of the community, clientel, and theft. If Mr. Watkins does all this I can only pray that the city and the taxpayers dont have to cover the cost becuase it is just throwing money out the window. The people who live in that area will just tear the place up and steal it blind. That s why everyone else left the area. I’m guessing the jackson city limits are about 70% welfare recipient, thats why the city is failing. A city cant survive on 30% tax payer base. Jackson, MS. is going down into oblivian with no signs of recovery.