SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The groundbreaking of the new Silo Square development is bringing the excitement of new growth and possibilities to the city of Southaven.
Two dozen local business owners and city officials gathered Tuesday as they announced the new mixed-use development built around a traditional town square design.
Brian Hill for Lifestyle Communities, LLC of Hernando is developing the 228 acre-site across from the BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove.
“Our motto is live, work and play,” Hill said.
Silo Square contains space for more than 300 residential lots, retail, office, hotel and restaurant space, lofts and a farmer’s market. An original farm silo on the property will be incorporated into the development.
Hill said the new community will have trails and walkways for residents to easily get to the businesses, along with parks throughout the community for children to play.
Matt Smiley, the owner of the Liberation Escape Room, says that Sile Squares will add to Southaven’s small-town feel by adding a small-town look.
Anthony Dean, the owner of Dean Allstate Agency, says that when the city grows “everybody wins.”
“We are just excited not just as a business owner but also as people who stay in Southaven, who work in Southaven,” Dean said.
Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite says he is happy to see development that is more pedestrian-friendly.
“I’ve seen that Southaven needs to have more developments that are more pedestrian friendly, and that we need to improve the entertainment value of our city,” Musselwhite said.
Lisa Watson, general manager of the Holliday Inn in Southaven, said she was excited about a place she could call home that included parks, trails and the potential for a new families and college graduates to start their life and careers.
Watson says she believes Silo Square will bring a fresh perspective to Southaven.
“I think it’s kind of geared towards young growing families and people out of college and it’s going to give us a fresh look on the restaurant and the business,” Watson said. “I think it’s really going to bring DeSoto County to the cutting edge.”
Smiley says he is excited for the new families who’ll move to Silo Square and see the growth in DeSoto County just as current residents have already seen happen.
The project is expected to cost more than $200 million.