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New housing, retail development coming to Kings Street

Clifton Jeffery stood inside his business on North Washington, rolled open a set of plans and described his plans for a proposed residential/commercial development on Kings Street.

Featuring 1,300-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath homes and a strip mall, the project will come together in stages, he said.

“We’ve got roughly 13 acres in this project,” he said. “We’re set up for 45 lots and we’re doing this in 2-3 stages.”

The homes will sell for $150,000 to $160,000. “We want to keep them affordable; just basic homes,” Jeffrey said.

Jeffery pointed on the plans to the southern entrance of Kings Street on the map. “This is where this starts and we’ll go around. The first 10 lots, we’re going to do off the Kings Street side.” A small corner of the development will become a park for the residents.

“Right behind this building, we’re starting construction on a little strip plaza,” Jeffery said. “As of now, we’re going to have a beauty shop, a barbershop and a beauty supply store.”

Jeffery said the decision to build the development was inspired by the neighborhood.

“I was born in Redwood, but since 1953, we’ve been affiliated with this neighborhood. My wife is a lifelong resident of Kings. We were trying to find something to invest the community and housing is the main things I was looking at.”

Initially, Jeffery said, he planned to build only homes, “but the mayor (George Flaggs Jr.) talked me into building the strip mall to provide services to the community. There’s no beauty shop, no barbershop; nothing here. So we thought we’d do something like that.”

He said everything for the project has approved except the final survey, which needs to be filed with the city.

“I’ve been working on this project for a year, and it’s been paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork,” he said. “Rain has held us up, but I think we’ll soon be starting. We hope to start pouring concrete for the strip mall Saturday.”

 

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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