The city of Tupelo approached Henry Turley Company for help with expanding their downtown. We saw a perfect opportunity: their downtown urban grid transformed into an abandoned fairgrounds area on its eastern edge. We decided to incorporate that land into the fabric of their downtown, hoping to keep the area vital and diverse (new buildings amongst the old). Working diligently with the Tupelo Redevelopment Association to pass a tax reimbursement and secure bonds, we were able to imagine and realize an extension of their downtown community. At the Fairpark, there are homes, offices, park space, a business incubator, an entertainment district, a convention center and hotel, restaurants, and Tupelo’s City Hall.