Exciting days are ahead.
“And soon, we hope,” Stewart Speed, one of the developers of The Meridian says, announcing today that pre-leasing of the highly-anticipated mid-rise development has opened to the public.
From a 534 square foot studio (starting at $950 per month) to a 1,343 three bedroom option (starting at $2,000 per month), a “first come, first served” priority wait list has opened to anyone interested in living in vibrant and walkable Fondren.
“Pre-leasing is an opportunity to place a reservation and review available floor plans,” says Tyler Kassinger, a partner in SKD Development, responsible for the project’s financing, construction oversight, and apartment, office and retail leasing and management.
Across from the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus on Lakeland Drive, The Meridian’s front door takes residents to restaurants and bars, to work or school at UMMC, St. Dominic’s or elsewhere, making it perfect for those that want to get away from the driving to and from outlying areas.
“The excitement level for that alone has been great,” says Kassinger. “We’re giving residents a chance to have controlled access surface and garage parking, right across from where they need to be each day.”
Add to that list granite counter tops, stainless and black appliances, washers and dryers included in some units, a dog park and dog wash station, bike parking and bike storage and a hip, amenity filled courtyard with pool, and 800 Lakeland Drive will be a sought after address in Fondren.
The first units on the first and fifth floors should see June move-in dates. By August, the remaining floors will have been through punch out – “touch up stages” – with full building occupancy in August. That will also include UMMC offices on floor one along with 2,500 square feet of retail and/or restaurant space, still to be determined.
Speed says they are encouraged by the response they are receiving and hope The Meridian has a positive and catalytic impact on Jackson and Fondren. Their desire, he adds, is to have a good mix of medical and non-medical residents, young and old, from all walks of life because “that’s what Fondren is about.”
A resident of Fondren, just a stone’s throw from the development itself, Speed has another wish for the project years in the making. “When you have 400 more people living here, I hope that takes the vitality of the neighborhood to whole new level. They’re walking and shopping and buying, they’re eating and drinking. That’s the pay off. Yes, we’re investors, but as a Fondrenite, I hope, for the neighborhood, it’s a transformative thing.”
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