Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority and Main Street Pascagoula revitalize downtown
Last week, Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority and Main Street Pascagoula received the Premier Partner Award at the 2021 Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Ceremony in recognition of the two organization’s partnership in the effort to revitalize downtown Pascagoula.
Since May 2019, Downtown Pascagoula has undergone a transformation, headed up by a joint venture between Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority and Main Street Pascagoula, along with multiple other community leaders and organizations in hopes of reinvigorating the Main Street area for current and future residents and visitors. Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority Chairman Hal Moore said, “I love downtown Pascagoula and I want it to be a place people want to go, to live, to play, to work.”
PRA and Main Street Pascagoula have recently focused on building living areas downtown in order to keep young professionals that work at Chevron, Ingalls, and Singing River Health System in Pascagoula. Main Street Pascagoula Executive Director Rebecca Davis said, “The young people are going elsewhere to live because we don’t have that space. And now we do.”
With the help of a third-party historic developer, several downtown properties have developed into new living options.
One of the two restoration projects currently underway is the city centre, an apartment building which is being built in what was formally the Pascagoula-Moss Point Bank. “With his help, they figured out a way to make it an apartment complex with their business on the bottom floor. So, this is a game changer for Pascagoula to get people living downtown.”
Recently, the PRA matched $10,000 paid by Main Street to secure a $50,000 Mississippi Power grant to have Orion Planning and Design Consult on future redevelopments downtown over the next three to five years. “It’s going to be a different place in a year. People are choosing to live downtown. The places where we have apartments already have waiting lists for more people.”
As of now, there are 14 projects completed or underway downtown with plans for more in the coming years.