HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Residential developments around South Mississippi are battling the recession and an uncertain housing market. Because of the economy, many projects are on hold.
But Tradition, a 4,800 acre, $2 billion planned community in Harrison County is moving forward in spite of economic conditions.
"We wish we were further along, but we're excited about the future," said the Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Brynn Joachim.
Tradition has 35 residents and 12 homes are occupied. Several more are under construction. The goal is to have 15,000 residential units and a town center built around a lake.
"We plan to break ground on the town center this fall," Joachim said.
Tradition's master plan is to create a sustainable, self contained community.
"We'll have a town hall, police, fire station, schools and churches, just like a real hometown," Joachim said.
Last month, William Carey University opened on the Tradition property and developers expect more activity in the weeks and months ahead.