Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Future of the East Metro Parkway

The Clarion Ledger recently ran an article about The Blake, a proposed 113 bed assisted-living facility, to be built on the East Metro Parkway behind J. C. Penny's in the Dogwood Mall.  That $16 million facility is expected to open in the Fall of 2013, employ up to 75 people, and provide an upscale residential living facility for the aged and infirm.  See The Blake's webpage here.  The 100,000 square foot facility will itself be significant; however, reading about the future plans for the East Metro Parkway grabbed my attention.  Rankin First Economic Development Authority, through its Executive Director, Tom Troxler, indicated the thrust of the East Metro Parkway will be health care industry related.  With Baptist Health System's facility across the street from The Blake, Rankin County and the City of Flowood already are ahead of the curve.  

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