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Downtown developers host "Front St Live"

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Hattiesburg residents enjoy the first, "Front St Live" block party Saturday night. Hattiesburg residents enjoy the first, "Front St Live" block party Saturday night.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Some downtown Hattiesburg developers threw a family-friendly block party Saturday night to celebrate the completion of two long-awaited landmark renovations. A first-ever, "Front St Live" event was free-of-charge and showcased the Hub City Lofts development, which includes the century-old America and Carter buildings.

Both were recently renovated and are accepting tenants.

This evening's event featured several live bands.  And organizers said it was a preview of what's in store for folks who choose to live and work downtown.

"You have parties like this where everybody is participating, not just from downtown, but from all over the city," said Daniel Jussely, co-owner of Hub City Lofts. "We want to draw and attract all of the city to downtown, show them what a great place it is," he said.

"It's the lifestyle and it's the culture for downtown that so many people are really looking for," said Betsy Rowell, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Assn. "We've built a sense of place in the downtown area," she said.

Jussely said the America Building is almost fully leased and he said tenants have just begun moving into the Carter Building.

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