Time may be running out for the Sun-N-Sand, but not, as stated in your article of June 12, because no developers are interested. There are credible developers who have repeatedly expressed interest in redeveloping the Mississippi Landmark motel but, unless the State of Mississippi is willing to sell it, there is nothing they can do.
By selling the Sun-N-Sand to any one of these developers, the state of Mississippi has the opportunity to recoup its $1 million dollar plus investment in purchasing the Sun-N-Sand, save the taxpayers the cost of demolition and hazardous materials remediation, keep a property on the tax role of our capital city and create the kind of development that sparks revitalization.
The Sun-N-Sand is public property and, as such, the public should have a say in its future use. Live-work units? Yes, we want that. A hotel that could serve as a home-away-from-home for legislators? Sure, that would be great for downtown Jackson.
Apartments? All for it, that is just the kind of development that will make a difference in re-imaging the future of the Farish Street Historic District. A parking lot? Please, no.
Lolly Rash, Executive Director
Mississippi Heritage Trust