Latest on Town Commons Park development in Gautier

Even more development is coming to the City of Gautier, this time in the form of an outdoor recreational development to benefit residents.

It may just be a wooded area right now, but this land in Gautier in just a few short years will be a space for all residents to enjoy.

Last week, Gautier leaders broke ground on the Town Commons Park just northeast of the Singing River Mall site.  Thirty-two acres will be transformed into a boardwalk, green spaces, athletic facilities, and an amphitheater for concerts. Gautier Mayor Phil Torjusen said, “This is a city-wide project, everybody’s involved, and once we get done with it, it’ll be for all the citizens and our future visitors.”

Ward 3 Councilmember Casey Vaughan represents the area where the development is situated and says the park will serve as a boost to the redevelopment of the Singing River Mall site right across the street. “We’ve heard from developers before, that they want to see a city investing in their community and adding amenities that will attract people to also shop at their establishments.”

With the two developments moving forward, city leaders hope they will form a true town center for Gautier. “It’s going to be complete mixed-use, with all kinds of different activities, such as retail, grocery, restaurants, bars, housing, office space, it will be a millennial lifestyle type atmosphere.”

Phase one of the multi-phase park project is set to be complete within a year, paving the way for citizens of the city they call ‘nature’s playground’ to enjoy events in a setting right in their backyard. “This will open us up to be able to offer those type of entertainment events that the citizens want, but right now they sometimes have to go to our sister cities and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where they will be able to stay at home some.”

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