OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Not much is left of a trailer park on Government Street that stood for 40 years. It's the remnants of a park that has seen much better days.
But the property will soon be transformed into something beautiful. Cottage Park was built three years ago, and the new development will be very similar.
Developers Joe Cloyd and Adam Dial are hoping this new project will turn this area into something great. They hope to draw more people into this area of town and spur economic development and growth.
"We believe that this will help downtown grow further east," Cloyd said. "The Ocean Springs downtown is kind of landlocked around the apex of Government and Washington and we believe that it needs to spread out east. And we want to be a catalyst of good growth and smart growth."
Johnny Johnson manages a business right next door to the property. He sees nothing but good things for the future. Maybe even more customers.
"Hopefully it will do like it does downtown where they block off downtown and have a lot of seminars and different venues," Johnson said. "Hopefully that will draw that down toward this part of Government Street."
Mercy Housing is a partner for the affordable rental housing complex, but part of the financing is coming from a federal grant, overseen by MEMA. Mike Womack is the director of the state agency.
"We think this is going to be a great project because these are going to be very high quality units," Womack said. "They're much better than the housing units that were there before."
Some units in the Cottages at Oak Park should be ready to move into by early fall. Rents for the one, two, and three bedroom cottages range from $600 to $1000 a month.
Pre-applications are now being accepted. If you'd like more information, you can call (228) 860-7428.