Monday, August 26, 2019

Fresenius Clinic Coming to Belle Meade/Flowood Area

Construction at the former Fire Mountain Grill/Knock Out Fitness is in preparation for a new Fresenius Clinic.

Fresenius operates kidney care and dialysis clinics. Fresenius is a German company although some shares trade directly on the NYSE under symbol $FMS.  Fresenius operates approximately 2,400 facilities in North America and there are 6 other facilities within 10 miles of Flowood.

Requests to Fresenius for more information are pending but since Mississippi still requires certain healthcare facilities to obtain a certificate of need, there is an interesting document available below that supports the approval of the CON application and essentially confirms the future use of the property.
A few interesting notes from the above report:

  • The facility is estimated to generate gross patient revenue of $3.3MM in the first year with approximately 71% of that revenue generated by Medicare and approximately 26% from commercial sources. 
  • The facility's assumed charge per procedure is $712 while the corresponding assumed cost per procedure is $543 in the first year.  
  • Total proposed capital expenditures were $3,865,678 with $975k attributable to land cost.  

This seems like a good project and investment in the area that turns a vacant building into productive use and makes life a little bit easier and convenient for Rez area Fresenius patients.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Lake Harbour Drive Extension Under Construction

Progress continues on the City of Ridgeland's extension of Lake Harbor Drive.  The extension project will allow travel from Spillway road west to Highland Colony (via a bridge over I-55).

The road will include sidewalks and a multipurpose trail. 

Unfortunately, as evident in the picture above, there will not be any interstate access as, according to city leaders, it's too close to the Natchez Trace exit (immediately north) and I-220 junction (immediately south). 

Nonetheless, another east-west corridor for Reservoir area residents is helpful.

Although the new road doesn't make I-55 significantly more accessible, it will make trips to the new Costco easier.  Costco is currently under construction just north of where the new road intersects with Highland Colony. 

The project is estimated to cost approximately $22 million, with 80% of the cost paid by federal funds. 

Completion is scheduled in the summer of 2020.     

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rankin County Sample Primary Ballots

With the primary election less than one month away, now is the time to familiarize yourself with the ballot and determine your candidate of choice.

Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

Note - These ballots contain all positions for all districts.  Depending on your residence, you will only vote on certain local district races and  your actual ballot will be shortened accordingly.

The Rankin County side of the Rez is generally the following districts:

House District 59 - Brent Powell(R) - Incumbent - Unopposed

House District 74 - This district is generally south of Lakeland Drive and Brandon proper but includes a small portion of Flowood Proper fairly close to the Rez. This is formerly Mark Baker's Seat.  Former State Senator Lee Yancey(R) will face off against Jason McCarty (D) in the general election for this seat.

House 75 - (Northern part of Rez and eastern Rankin County)
Tom Miles (D) - Incumbent v. Vance Cox (R)

Senate - 20 - Josh Harkins (R) - Unopposed

Senate - 30 - This district includes a small portion of Flowood proper near the Rez but is primarily Pearl.  Dean Kirby (R) - Unopposed

County Supervisor District 2 - Daniel Cross - Unopposed
County Supervisor District 5 - Jay Bishop - Unopposed
Justice Court District 2 - See Ballots
Justice Court District 4 - See Ballots
Constable District - TBD

You can look at your voter registration card, this map, or call the circuit clerk to determine your specific district.

Not sure what to make of all the unopposed races.  Congrats to the winners by default, but I would welcome the policy debates that a true race brings.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Flowood Sheraton and Conference Center: Busting Through the Trees Soon

The 10 story tall Sheraton hotel and conference center are under construction and will soon be tall enough to see from miles away.  This is going to be a great addition to the area along with the renovated Refuge golf course.  

According to this WLBT article, its a $50 million project.  

Hotel is scheduled to open in late 2020.  Golf course opens in late 2019.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Northwest Rankin High School and other Rankin County School Bond Issue Projects

RCSD is making progress on the new high school and several other schools in the Reservoir Area.  Note the name of the school in the rendering.  Interesting.

RCSD's website has other project Renderings and Progress Photos available.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Coming Soon: Community Place Nursing Home

The Community Place Nursing Home is coming to 116 Lake Vista Place; Brandon, MS 39047. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rankin County GIS Tool

Rankin County and the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) have a great geographical information system (GIS).

The GIS tool is available at

PRV also has a Reservoir centric GIS tool at

The interactive GIS mapping tool lets you select various layers to see how the selected layers apply to specific property.  There are several different layers including parcels, which shows general property lines and property ownership (note this is presumably based on older tax information and not a survey), political districts, school zones, regulatory districts, transportation and utility assets, and a plethora of other geographical data affecting the Reservoir and Rankin County.

Here is a screenshot of the "Reservoir Community District", which looks to be the same thing as the Reservoir Overlay District, a county zoning regulation associated with land near the Rez but not in Flowood city limits.

You can select any of the layers and manipulate the zoom to obtain the specific data in which you're interested.

This is a great tool that we'll highlight further in the future.

Friday, May 10, 2019