- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says he wants city officials to consider whether some city offices should move to the Landmark Center downtown.

Last year, developer Zeev Yochelman and his partnership purchased the vacant Landmark Center, with plans to turn it into a mixed-use building, with residential, retail and office space.

The roughly 345,000-square-foot building on Capitol Street sold for $2.025 million in an auction to Yochelman’s group.

After the building initially last year, Yarber said the new owners approached the city about some city services relocating there. However, an artist’s drawing showing City Council members’ offices in the Landmark Center touched off controversy, with council members saying there had been no discussion with them about it. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon questioned whether the mayor was trying to move council members out of City Hall.

A spokesman for the mayor said at the time that the city received renderings from the new owners of potential plans for city council offices in the building, but the city wasn’t considering it because there was no money in the budget for such a move.

Yarber says he wants to present information to council members again, including cost analysis about potentially moving some city services into the Landmark Center.

Council members still seem opposed to their offices being moved to the Landmark Center.

“I don’t think we need to go anywhere,” council President De’Keither Stamps told The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1C4Cpin). “The administration can go.”

Yarber said council members will have the opportunity to decide a proposal to relocate some city services to the Landmark Center.

Discussion of moving some city services to the Landmark Center was placed in the council’s economic development committee. No timetable has been set for when the mayor will give his presentation or when the committee will meet on it.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com


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