WLBT |Planned JXN Tech District
Updated: May 25, 2022
Planned Jackson Tech District now a $150M project
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - 3 On Your Side was the first to tell you about a successful Jackson native who is now sharing her good fortune with her hometown. Now, we have a progress report on the vision of 36-year-old Dr. Nashlie Sephus and her Jackson Tech Hub project.
Picture, nestled between Jackson State University and downtown Jackson, abandoned buildings transformed into a hub of technology and much more. It’s not a pipe dream.
Since the first report in September 2020, the 12 acre, seven building stretch of Gallatin Street has been cleared and the interior of at least one of the abandoned buildings has been renovated enough for use. It will be the permanent home of The Bean Path, a non-profit STEM program established by Dr. Nashlie Sephus.
Dr. Sephus said, “We have been working, believe me; we have extended our concept plan to include several more phases, including housing. We currently have eight buildings. We’re going to tear down to renovate those six in the first phase, starting with the Albert Van Horn building, which we’re standing in right now, we will also build five or six additional buildings, which will include residential, retail commercial lab space, grocery store, event venue centers.”