Jackson County unveils new services complex design

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Annie Beaker loves the contemporary look of the plans for the new Jackson County Services Complex. Beaker said she wasn't expecting such an amazing design.

"I was thrilled. For one, because of the glass all round the building," Beaker said about the new complex.

The two story building will sit across from the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Pascagoula. Twelve departments and about 200 employees will be working under one roof for the first time.

"We are supposed to have an atrium and a break room where we can come together."

Hurricane Katrina flooded a majority of the buildings the county rented for office space. Since then, Beaker said she and dozens of other employees have had to make do in the cramped trailers at the Jackson County fairgrounds.

"We don't have hot water. We had two bathrooms and we converted one of those into a kitchen," Beaker said about trailer life. "Storage is an issue; we have paper stacked up."

"I lived 18 months in a trailer, so I understand that they are ready to get back into a space that they can call their own," Supervisor Mike Mangum said.

Supervisor Mangum said a $12 million revitalization grant from Mississippi Development Authority will help fund this project.

"We didn't want to just get back what we lost, but we wanted to get back bigger and better than we were," Mangum said. "This will be a great building, and a great opportunity."

County supervisors plan to break ground on the complex in November. It will take a year and half to build.

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