A new restaurant at the Renaissance remains a secret from the public and will be unveiled in April
A new restaurant at the Renaissance remains a secret from the public and will be unveiled in April
A new brick-and-mortar Starbucks is coming to the Renaissance along with a fine-dining restaurant that's under wraps until April.

In Madison, a new bank is planned off Highland Colony Parkway, and the mayor says there's a housing boom.

The Starbucks construction is part of a string of commercial projects expected to begin soon in Madison and Ridgeland.

Respective boards in each city approved a slew of site plans and designs during meetings this week.

Ridgeland officials approved a design and concept for a "mystery" restaurant, with details remaining under wraps.

"The Renaissance officials have obtained approval from the City of Ridgeland for a new fine-dining restaurant," Alan Hart, director of community development, said. "At this time I can't announce the formal name pending the big unveiling scheduled in April."

Jan Mattiace of the Mattiace Company which manages Renaissance, said there would be an unveiling in late April but could not offer further details.

The renderings used to present to the board have a sign called Renaissance Restaurant, but Mattiace said that was for review purposes and was not the name of the actual restaurant.

Hart said the Starbucks will be built in the parking lot by Highland Colony Parkway south of the BankPlus and customers will have to enter the Renaissance to go there.

"It's going to be very nice, carrying along the same general theme of Renaissance," he said.

There are plans for 45-46 seats on the inside, as well as a drive-thru.

It will be operated by the Starbucks corporate office and it is the first building built since Lee Michaels in 2013.

Two Ridgeland businesses are also expanding operations.

Acura of Jackson, located on Adcock Street, is following through on plans from six years ago to build a new dealership.

"They designed that building and were prepared to move forward six years ago, but then retreated," Hart said, citing the economic recession as the likely reason. "They renovated the store [then], but did not open the used car lot at that point.

"All of a sudden they came back with their plans and made a few modifications to be a little more current," he added.

The new building will be in line with traditional Acura dealerships across the country and will sit at just under 23,000 square feet. It will feature 300 new parking spaces.

Got Gear Motorsports, located on Highway 51, has plans to create a 75,000 square foot building after combining their current store with the old Mattress Firm store.

They will build a building between the two stores and merge them together. There will be some creative construction since there are 7.5-feet height differentials in the building.

Hart said all three have around six-month construction timetables and hopes to see them all completed by the end of the year.

In Madison, a new daycare will soon be built after Madison Preschool received final approval on their site plan on Tuesday.

Alan Hoops, director of community development for Madison, said this project has been in the works for a few months now but is now on track to begin shortly.

River Hills Bank, originally founded in Port Gibson, has two locations in Vicksburg. This will be their first Madison County branch.

Construction is expected to begin during the bank's third or fourth quarter this year and they have given a 9-12 month timetable for completion.

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said these two new businesses are the first few of 2014 and she expects even more this year.

"It's exciting to see the quality of businesses coming to this community," she said. "2015- it's going to be phenomenal."

She said the city is even experiencing a revived housing boom like before the recession.

"Houses are going up on lots that haven't sold in the past," she said. "The housing boom is back up from what we can tell."