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DeSoto County development soars as people flock to North Mississippi


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Silo Square development in Southaven, Miss. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Telesa Wright grew up in DeSoto County. As an adult, she lived near Los Angeles in South Orange County for eight years after marrying her husband. Eventually, she wanted to leave California and, when choosing where to go, Googled “best places to raise a family in America.”

“And Olive Branch came up,” Wright said, laughing. “I was like ‘are they freaking kidding, there is absolutely nothing there.’ Because that’s what I remembered, nothing. It’s like this is not even the place I grew up.”

Between 2010 and 2020, DeSoto County was the third-fastest growing county in Mississippi and had a 14.9% population increase. The population boom mirrored a drastic increase in new development.

Brian Hill also grew up in DeSoto County. As a child in Southaven, Hill remembers, to get to Olive Branch, you had to take Goodman Rd. …which was gravel. Getwell Road was nonexistent. Now, Hill is the man behind Silo Square, a $200 million mixed-use development being built in Southaven off Getwell.

The Silo Square development in Southaven, Miss. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

“They come here because of the growth, they come here because of the possibilities and the opportunities and the amount of rooftops that are being developed in this area,” Hill said about the commercial growth in Southaven. “It’s just a prime commercial corridor, where Silo is.”

Hill has wanted to build something similar to Silo Square since before the 2008 recession but was stuck waiting for the perfect opportunity and location. In 2017, Hill started working on Silo Square again, bought the property, and in 2018 started development.

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