FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2007
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR AND SECRETARY OF STATE ERIC CLARK ANNOUNCE TRANSFER OF LAND TO JSU
(Jackson, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour and Secretary of State Eric Clark signed papers today to transfer 73 tax-forfeited parcels of land from the State of Mississippi to Jackson State University. Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr., President of Jackson State University was on site to accept the new property.
“This is one more way the State is continuing its commitment to develop Mississippi’s only urban university,” Governor Barbour said. “In turn, JSU plans to revitalize the campus and improve the community.”
“As the agency that deals with tax forfeited lands, I am delighted that the Secretary of State’s Office has been able to work with Jackson State over the past six months to make this transfer a reality,” said Secretary Clark. “By doing so, I believe that the State has substantially contributed to the progress envisioned by Dr. Mason which will lead to a brighter future for JSU and our Capital City.”
About 20 parcels are going to "University Village," an area that runs from Dalton, Lynch, the Parkway and the Clifton Street roundabout. Financing is underwayfor this project which includes retail and residential development, single-family homes and student apartments. The remaining parcels are going to "Washington Addition," an area that is bound by the JSU campus and Lynch Street on the north, Hwy 80 on the south, Terry Road on the east, and Hattiesburg Street on the west.
"As the only university based in the capital city, Jackson State understands and accepts its responsibility to the community we serve," said Jackson State University President Ronald Mason, Jr. "By entrusting us with undeveloped parcels of land in the areas near campus, the State better enables us to achieve our shared vision of Jackson State and its neighborhoods as a model living, learning urban community. We appreciate the leadership of Governor Barbour and the efforts of Secretary of State Eric Clark."