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The Mill at Mississippi State University

A multi-phase project that was the focal point of the revitalization of the former neighborhood of the workers of the Cotton Mill referred to by the local community as the Cotton District.

Project highlights


Type: Community Facility

Location: Starkville, MS; Non-metro


Federal NMTC Allocation: $14,000,000

Southern Community Capital: $10,000,000

Other Community Development Entities: $4,000,000


Construction Jobs: 617

Jobs created and retained: 518

The Mill at MSU The Mill at MSU

Proceeds for The Mill at Mississippi State University (MSU) project were used to renovate and expand the Cooley Building, construct a new Courtyard by Marriot Hotel, 800 surface and garage parking spaces, and two franchised restaurants. The property is located at the main entrance of MSU.


The Cooley Building, currently used by MSU, includes 22,000 square feet for a conference center and 49,000 square feet of office space. MSU has agreed to a long-term lease of 36,000 square feet of office space.


Project Impact

  • Created pedestrian linkages from the university to Starkville’s vibrant downtown and other Russell Street businesses and extensive student residences
  • Facilitated pedestrian and bicycle-friendly activities, eliminated barriers and formed connections to link the community with the university
  • Served as a catalyst for the area to utilize new urban design principles with shared parking, sidewalks, bike paths, trees, lighting, etc.
  • Preserved this historic 1902 building located in the Cotton Mill Historic District that is listed on the National Register of historic places