Pascagoula approves TIF plan for historic Ice House development

The City of Pascagoula is once again ushering in the new while preserving the old.

Sitting vacant since a fire in 2012, the Ice House in Pascagoula will soon see new life. Back in December, city council unanimously approved a tax increment financing plan for development on the property where the ice house sits. Pascagoula City Manager Michael Silverman said, “That history is what is so attractive to consumers and it’s so attractive to our citizens in seeing that the history stays alive.”

The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a staple in the community since the 1880s. Nearly a century-and-a-half later, the Ice House will once again become a focal point in the city. “Pascagoula has been an epicenter of many historical happenings on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It’s important to us that we maintain that unique history and culture and I think with the designation of our downtown as the Scranton historic district, we’re continuing that by pursuing this ice house project, work with the developers on insuring they preserve the ice house.”

A developer has proposed a more than $14 million development on the property which would include the construction of townhomes, two restaurants, a coffee shop, retail space, and more. “Pascagoula is an amazing place prior to all the downtown developments. And I think people are recognizing that it has such a unique history and such a unique geography and so many unique industries here that the downtown is just another component of our very unique community.”

This is just one of many projects integrating historic buildings and new developments.

City Centre of Pascagoula is currently under construction, creating corporate offices and luxury living in the building that formerly house the Moss Point-Pascagoula Bank.

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