OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - After Hurricane Katrina left a trail of destruction along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we began hearing terms like mixed use development, smart growth and walkable communities. All of these concepts were going to be components in the rebuilding of South Mississippi.
A handful of mixed use developments have come out of the ground. One, in Ocean Springs, is called Guyton Place and has been open for nearly six months now.
"Economic occupancy is 100 percent on the commercial side," developer Granville Smith said.
Mixed use means commercial space is on the first floor with residential units overhead.
"Only three of our 22 units have been sold, seven leased," Smith said.
Ocean Springs is one of the cities that shows tremendous potential for the mixed use lifestyle which puts a premium on downtown living. The downtown area of the city was spared Katrina's most destructive impact. Sidewalks, shops that face the road and downtown landscaping all contribute to the success of mixed use development.