Forrest County declines offer on jail

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Forrest County Board of Supervisors has voted to decline an offer from The Landmark Group to purchase the former county jail complex in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss., and undertake a $9.75 million renovation of the property into 57 apartment units.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/17axCi7 ) the North Carolina developer originally offered to purchase the 1.67-acre property containing the Eugene Lamar Walters Law Enforcement Complex, the Sackler Building, and the Carpenter's Building for $230,000.

At the beginning of the meeting Monday, Landmark Group representative Vann Joines approached the board to revisit the offer. He offered to remove the Carpenter's Building from the offer and increase the purchase price for the Walters Complex and Sackler building to $250,000.

However, the board of supervisors did not accept the new offer.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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