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Downtown Hub City residents concerned for bid made on old jail

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A bid for the old Forrest County Jail has many Downtown Hattiesburg residents concerned.

Landmark, a North Carolina Real Estate Developer, has proposed to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors to renovate the jail into apartments and office space with Section 42 Housing Tax Credits.

After attending a public hearing Thursday, many Downtown Hattiesburg residents are concerned with the proposal and do not agree with the renovations the Carolina developer has in mind.

"I am very opposed to the idea," said downtown resident, Marilyn Livingston. "I think we have a lot of people working hard to bring downtown into what it should be and bring it up, and in my opinion would cause things to go down."

"I see a bigger need in the downtown area for parking garages, green space, and that sort of thing," said downtown resident, Lloyd Munn. "We have plenty of housing, in my opinion, in the Hattiesburg area at this time."

Along with Landmark, the board has two other proposals to consider.

They invite the public to their board meeting on Monday and Thursday, where they hope to make a decision.

Both meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in the Forrest County Chancery Building located on Main St.

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