New owner has big plans for Colonial Country Club - - Jackson, MS

New owner has big plans for Colonial Country Club

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Residents of northeast Jackson plan to gather for a meeting on the Colonial Country Club at 6 p.m. Tuesday. One hundred fifty-three acres of Colonial Country Club currently remain dormant, the golf course, now grown over.

The dark days for this once thriving property could soon be put behind it. Jackson City Council candidate Dorsey Carson say's he's been in talks with the new owners, and has seen their plans for a new development.

"The land they've set aside for a middle school is anywhere between 15-40 acres," said Carson. "Drawings have it at 15 acres. There's also acreage there for a park. Then one of the conversations they're having is about assisted living, a retirement community that really benefit the area."

Carson says a school and residential property development could keep homeowners from leaving the area, boosting property values.

"It's a unique opportunity to get a middle school, which is the number one reason that our middle class leaves," added Carson. "If we can't figure out how to keep the middle class in Jackson, and keep residents around Colonial Country Club, then all of our ward suffers. All of Jackson suffers."

Resident Floyd Lewis lives right across the street from the golf course.

"Knowing the history of Colonial and it being privatized for so long, I would like to see it become a public golf course," said Lewis.

The developers have applied to re-zone the property. A hearing will be held in December where developers will present more details of their plans.

There's talk of some commercial development, but nothings final now.

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