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Old 03-24-2022, 01:41 PM
 
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As you may know, Lake Hico in northwest Jackson was recently drained after Entergy decided not to renew its lease on the land. The waters were used for a cooling station and the property is 16th Section land. I came across a video from last year in which JPS chief operating officer Joe Albright suggested the land could be used for things like a sports complex, retail, housing units, etc.

Here's the video:

https://www.wapt.com/article/anythin...perty/37012376

The Lake Hico land is over 600 acres, so there's a lot of things it could be used for. I love the idea of a sports complex on one part of the land. I envision baseball/softball fields, along with some soccer fields. These would be ideal for all kinds of tournaments in those sports. I do like the idea of building a new lake (though much smaller), as well as a mixed-used development on another part of the land.

What would you like to see there?
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Old 03-24-2022, 01:54 PM
 
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I don't live in Jackson anymore, so I wasn't aware of the recent developments. Any idea what the land was used for prior to Entergy leasing it from the city?
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Old 03-24-2022, 03:21 PM
 
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I don't live in Jackson anymore, so I wasn't aware of the recent developments. Any idea what the land was used for prior to Entergy leasing it from the city?
I don't know, but at one time, the Jackson Yacht Club was located there until moving to the reservoir in the 1960s.
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Old 03-25-2022, 02:15 AM
 
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I have an off-beat suggestion. The city could conduct an experiment on attracting citizens back into Jackson.

They could use the area to build a city within a city (in effect) with a couple of special innovations. One would be a K-12 charter school designed to serve only those families living in the new development, and allow the charter school to charge some tuition on top of the state subsidy so that they can pay top salaries and attract professionals who otherwise would be in high-IQ professions such as doctors, financial managers, and CEO's.

(There is a correlation world wide between teacher IQ and student performance, because ultra-high IQ teachers are able to figure out the unique key to helping each individual child learn the designated material.). This level of personalized education would not be available anywhere else in the state.

Secondly the project would charge a neighborhood tax to fund a Flowood-style police force to serve the community over and above the Jackson police.

The city could also design the project using urban-design principles found in places that people love such as Charleston, Boston, and New Orleans (and Oxford, Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis, and Fondren for that matter).

If the city were successful in attracting families through the unique schools and ample police protection, they could systematically apply the model block by block throughout the rest of the city.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:34 AM
 
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I wouldn't mind if something like the abandoned Old Capital Green or Harbor Walk of Ridgeland ideas could be used for the land. It's still mixed-used, it would be exciting and grab a lot of attention, and I would hope that it would provide entertainment options for the entire family.

Something that made the lake the centerpiece with walking and bike trails, paddle boats, etc.
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Old 03-25-2022, 04:25 PM
 
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I don't know, but at one time, the Jackson Yacht Club was located there until moving to the reservoir in the 1960s.
Lake Hico was open to the white public, then closed when blacks began moving in the neighborhood.
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