A taxpayer-funded initiative to redevelop a residential area along part of the West Jackson Street corridor has begun to yield its first fruits.
Framing is now underway on the first new residence to be built within the Ingram Drive subdivision, located near the intersection of West Jackson Street and Joyner Street.
Area residents, city officials and members with NDC, tour some of the remodeled homes on West Jackson Street in Tupelo during a redevelopment ground breaking and tour Monday morning.
“Things seem to be clicking along pretty well,” said Duke Loden, chairman of the Neighborhood Development Corporation.
The city of Tupelo selected the non-profit NDC to spearhead redevelopment of what’s now been dubbed the “Jackson West” area.
The goal of this redevelopment initiative has been the creation of small “pocket neighborhoods” composed of owner-occupied residences coming to market at affordable prices.
This was intended to reverse an increasing trend in the area of rental properties declining into disrepair.
On Monday morning, NDC led Tupelo officials and local real estate professionals on tours of Jackson West, as it exists right now.
Wesley Jones shows off the master bathroom of the home he remodeled and recently sold at 1157 W. Jackson St. to Chris Rogers, a committee member of the NDC.
Next to the Ingram Drive area, NDC took four older homes and put them into the hands of renovators. One has already gotten a facelift and is in the process of being sold.
The other three are still a work in progress – just ask Bree Waddle.
A 16-year resident of Tupelo, Waddle said she took on the renovation work because she wants to help add a new chapter to the city’s history.
“It was a big risk for the city but there will be a big payoff,” she said, describing the redevelopment initiative.
Waddle also plans to build new homes on three lots in the Cicada Cove subdivision, which remains under initial preparation.
Cicada Cove will also be located near the intersections of West Jackson and Joyner streets.
That money also went to cover some design fees and other costs associated with the redevelopment.