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Jackson seeks proposals for new downtown arena

Downtown Jackson Partners and the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District want to hear from arena construction and design firms.The folks in Jackson, Miss. want a new arena; they just want some guidance in how to procure one.

That’s the message after a meeting yesterday between city officials, business leaders and architectural/design firms. The goal is a facility similar to North Little Rock’s Alltel Center, an $85 million facility that hosts 120 events a year. Sports would not be the focus.

Proposals are due May 15.