OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - This week the first phase of Ocean Spring's downtown $4.3 million revitalization plan will get underway. Mayor Connie Moran says crews will begin tearing up the Depot parking lot the city purchased from the Chamber of Commerce.
Crews will install underground electrical connections and irrigation pipes. For public safety reasons, the mayor says the city will stop allowing traffic to access the parking lot from Washington Avenue. Instead, two new entries will be created on Robinson Street. Robinson will also be widened and made into a major intersection.
The mayor says the work will be an asset to the city's many festivals and special events.
Mayor Moran said, "We'll have electrical receptacles here for some of the vendors that come in. There will be more landscaping. We're creating several new parking spaces as well as widening Robinson, so it will be a lot more pedestrian friendly and festival friendly. And we'll have a CTA transit stop here on the corner. "
Officials say the work is expected to be complete by the Peter Anderson Festival in November.
The mayor says the city will build a new parking lot at this site on the corner of Desoto and Cash Alley.