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Posted on: July 14, 2016

Helm Place Residential Development Opens near Downtown Jackson

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Helm Place, a new residential development designed to revitalize a downtown Jackson neighborhood, celebrated its grand opening with state and local dignitaries at a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 14. Helm Place includes 88 newly constructed, affordable market rate townhomes and a 4,000 square foot community center.

“To go with strengthening downtown Jackson by providing a safe place to raise a family, Helm Place will serve as an important piece of Jackson’s growing healthcare corridor,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “I congratulate everyone involved in making this project a reality.”

Each single-family home is 1,520 square feet, contains three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, and has an enclosed two-car garage. Helm Place surrounds the historic Mount Helm Baptist Church, considered the oldest African-American church in Jackson.

“Helm Place is an extension of our church's mission to change lives that change the world,” said Reverend C.J. Rhodes of Mount Helm Baptist Church. “Decades ago, Mount Helm elected to stay in the Farish Street community and be a blessing to it. Today, we praise God for a long-term dream come true, and I am humbled Mount Helm took the lead in our neighborhood's transformation.”

Chartre Consulting Ltd. designed Helm Place with the needs of the church and surrounding community foremost during the planning and construction stages. The pristine new development replaces vacant lots and abandoned or dilapidated housing.

“This new development is another example of the transformation underway in Mississippi’s Capital City,” said Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber. “Helm Place benefits not only the residents in the area, but Jackson’s downtown as a whole. The foundation of a strong community is safe, attractive, affordable housing. We’re hopeful Helm Place will inspire other business and community partners to invest in Jackson and its citizens.”

Developed by Chartre in conjunction with the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC), Helm Place is designed to provide quality, affordable housing to families supported by low-income wage earners. MHC awarded the development $13.1 million in tax credits as part of the healthcare zone special cycle held in 2013.

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