Business is booming in Starkville, with several mixed-use developments in the works to welcome new residents, retail and businesses to the area.

At 550 Russell, the second phase of The Mill at MSU, opened eight two- and three-bedroom luxury condominiums in April 2018. The residences feature smart-home technology, granite countertops, hardwood and private balconies. Residents will also enjoy access to the pool, spa and workout facilities in the Courtyard Starkville located at The Mill.

In addition to luxury living, 550 Russell also offers 10,000 square feet of retail, all within walking distance of Mississippi State University. In fact, the first eateries to join 550 Russell are already open for business.

“We are very pleased to have two great restaurants located in 550: Gondolier Italian Restaurant and Pizza and Mugshots Grill and Bar,” said Mark Castleberry, owner of Castle Properties, the development company behind The Mill. “The Mill has returned to its former splendor, woven into the heart of Mississippi. 550 Russell is the chance to live in the middle of it all.”

Midtown Apartments opened in August 2018 offering one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury apartments for students, complete with stainless steel appliances and in-unit washers and dryers. The 81-bed development includes keypad entry systems, private balconies and sound-canceling construction, as well as space for dining and retail such as Orange Theory Fitness and Strange Brew Coffeehouse.

“Our spacious housing offers the convenience of being home, with the excitement of being near campus,” said Jeffery Harless, president of Harless and Company, the developer for Midtown. “Picture living in the heart of Starkville, within walking distance to your favorite restaurants, shopping and campus.”

Another development underway is College View, a 650-bed mixed-use development with nearly 50,000 square feet of retail space slated to open in August 2019.

“We’re proud to be the first Public-Private-Partnership for student housing in the state of Mississippi,” said Mark Grambergs, EdR vice president of Real Estate Development, the developer of College View. “College View is being built with sustainability in mind. One of the features of the development is that it will have its own co-generation plant. We look forward to seeing the positive impact College View will have for both the Mississippi State campus and the city of Starkville.”

Residents will have the choice between studio, one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments, each with a private bathroom, full kitchen and laundry. Amenities include high speed Wi-Fi, study rooms, a pool, an outdoor entertainment zone and an expanded day care center for the campus.

“We see this as transformational at the interface between the city and the university,” said David Shaw, vice president of research and economic development at Mississippi State, “and want to see it create a vibrant north-south corridor at that interface.”

Located in the heart of the Cotton District, The Vista – Starkville will feature 820 beds from studios to five-bedroom apartments, all of which will be fully furnished, including stainless steel appliances, washers and dryers, granite countertops and more. Set to open in fall 2019, this student-housing community will also offer 7,500 square feet of commercial space, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, Sky Lounge and resort-style salt water pool to name a few of the many amenities.

“We are really excited about bringing this project to the heart of the Cotton District, and we believe it will be a great addition to the Starkville community,” said Jackson Wallace, president and COO of IMS Development, The Vista’s developer. “The proximity to campus, combined with an incredible amenity package, will enhance the Cotton District and the city of Starkville for years to come.” n