October Neighborhood News


Here is a look at what’s going on this October…

“Fall,” our latest installment of the Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series, is on display through October 28 at The Cedars. Featuring paintings by Pryor Buford Lampton, Buttons Marchetti and Key Neville Whitehead and ceramicist Susan Clark’s collegiate and holiday angels. Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Free.

Movie night at Fondren Park * this Saturday, Oct. 22 * 6pm
OurFondren Neighborhood Association will be showing Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” just after sundown. Bring your kids, bring a picnic and bring friends. They will also be serving complimentary hot dogs, baked beans, chips and beverages. Come around 6 when the festivities begin and the movie will start shortly after sundown.

The City of Jackson passed a “gating” ordinance this past May that would allow residents of specific neighborhoods to erect a “drive-up” gate (in other words, not requiring a code or opener but one that would open automatically).

This week, the city council amended the original proposal that only allowed gates in single entry neighborhoods. Now they have approved it for multi entry neighborhoods as well. Before the ordinance is complete, there will be a public hearing. The date is forthcoming in the next two to three weeks.

The long-awaited federal transportation enhancement grant (sometimes referred to as the sidewalk grant) has come back from bid. All three bids were higher than budgeted for the project that aims to improve sidewalks, landscape, lighting and wayfinding signage in historic downtown Fondren. The bids are being broken apart to see where cuts can be made while still serving the wants and needs of the community. The project will then go back out for bid.

Fondren, in cooperation with the Else School of Management at Millsaps College, is in the process of looking at what a BID, or Business Improvement District, could do for the area. Similar to the BID managed by Downtown Jackson Partners in downtown Jackson, the primary goals of a bid for our downtown Fondren would be security, maintenance (like landscaping and litter control) and wayfinding and hospitality services. The study begins this month. Read more about our thoughts on the BID here.

Green Ghost Tacos has now opened in the former Que Sera Sera. We wish Cesar Torres and his team great success with their tasty second location!

* Our first-ever Ornament Auction is November 13 at The Cedars
* Fondren Unwrapped is set for November 17
* Four Seasons Winter Show – February 2, 2017 featuring Scott Cook
* Four Seasons Spring Show – May 4, 2017

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