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First tenant to move into America Building on Monday

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The first tenant is scheduled to move into the newly-restored America Building on Front Street on Monday. The first tenant is scheduled to move into the newly-restored America Building on Front Street on Monday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Developers who've been restoring the century-old America and Carter buildings in Hattiesburg had some good news for members of the downtown business community Thursday morning. They're ready to welcome tenants, at least in one of the buildings.

Hub City Lofts co-owners Daniel Jussely and Rob Tatum presented a progress report to members of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. They say the first tenant is scheduled to begin moving into the America Building on Monday.

And in about six weeks, the first tenants should be occupying the nearby Carter Building. Both buildings are being renovated for mixed-use, with residential units on the upper floors and retail on the ground floors.

"We brought in a lot of new wood floors into the America Building, while at the Carter Building, we were able to preserve hundred-year-old heart pine flooring," said Daniel Jussely. "So, there are some definite differences, but some striking similarities as well," he said.

"We're excited about the project, helping push downtown forward," said Rob Tatum. "We're part of a great downtown. There are a lot of merchants and churches and government all working together to make downtown a better place," Tatum said.

The Hub City Lofts project began about three years ago.

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