A proposed outlet mall at Church and I-55 would be a huge asset to the city of Southaven. Signs for The Shops of the Mid-South are already up in the south part of the city.
"It's about a 300,000 square feet upscale outlet center, and I am excited from the standpoint that it's truly regional, and very similar to the ones in Foley and Birmingham and Nashville where the draw is from all over the region not just here at home," says Mayor Greg Davis.
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The mayor knows the names of some of the stores that are planned.
But, Alderman Ronnie Hale isn't happy with the way it's being handled,
"The mayor has been in contact with the developers and we aren't privy to the details, we are not sure exactly where the project is," the Alderman Hale said.
Mayor Davis says that is by design.
"I may have heard some of the names of the stores, but the projects like this are very sensitive in nature until the developer is ready to release that info," Southaven's mayor said.
Davis adds nothing in the project is set in stone. The stores could change, and Southaven is still in competition with another site. He says he won't speak on the details of the new outlet mall for fear of jeopardizing it.
But Hale isn't buying it,
Well, I do think that we should be kept better informed," the alderman said. "I feel it is kind of odd that the news media is aware of all the details of this project, before the Board of Aldermen are aware of it."
"It's amazing to me that I sent to Alderman Hale e-mails before he even came into office that said my door is open, my phone is available, my e-mails are available,' retorted Mayor Davis. "What is surprising is that Alderman Hale would rather run to the press to get a question answered versus coming through my door or sending an e-mail. That's not the way for government to operate."
Davis and Hale have had their differences.
"I won't say it's a bad relationship between me and the mayor. We disagree on a lot of things," says Hale.
Alderman Hale accuses Mayor Davis of playing favorites, and informing other aldermen on the project's progress.
"It is amazing to me that he assumes I can read his mind," Mayor Davis said. "I'm not quite sure what information he needs, if he doesn't ask the question."
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