Keesler is ready to lease a part of their property outside the gates of the base. Keesler Air Force Base is gearing up to take bids on Harrison Court, a 43 acre property on Back Bay. Wednesday, developers flocked from nearby states for Industry Day, taking tours of the area to prepare development ideas.
Kathy Bustos, the Project Manager for the Keesler Enhancement Project, says, “We are hoping to bring value back to the Air Force by leasing the property to a developer.” Keesler is looking for the best use of the land. For developers like Brian Day of Yates Construction, it’s an opportunity to bring something new to Back Bay. Day says, “I think it provides a great challenge for stakeholders to see what best use would be.” Keesler project managers say the bottom line is to maximize the value of this parcel to Keesler Air Force Base, especially with military bases nationwide becoming magnets for economic development. Day also says, “I think that model works well here, given the nature of what both base personnel and base needs you have. It’s a great opportunity for a number of businesses on any venue you can imagine.”
Base leaders hope to use funds generated at the property to ease budget issues while promoting growth in the neighborhood. Bustos closes, “It will help the community by bringing jobs and bring more people to the Biloxi area.” Developers will propose their concepts over a 60 day period until the base chooses the concept that makes the best deal. Developers interested in participating in the project can start proposing their ideas in mid-June.