Pascagoula builds garage to ease parking woes, spur development

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Some folks say it is a headache trying to find a place to park in Downtown Pascagoula.  To help ease the parking woes, the city is building a three story garage.

"Parking has always been a problem in Downtown Pascagoula," Pascagoula resident Patty McGrath said.

McGrath says it usually takes her a half dozen trips around the block to find a spot to park on Delmas Avenue.

"It is always bad."

Pascagoula resident Glenn Harrison decided to park his car on the sidewalk because there were no spaces to park.  He said restricted parking is driving business away.

"We like to eat at the places downtown and sometimes it makes it so aggravating that we decide to go someplace else," Harrison said.

The city is now taking steps to improve the parking problem.  A nearly $4 million garage is in the works. It will be three stories high with 300 parking spots.

"It will be within about three blocks from downtown. We have already started with test piles, and we hope to see production piles come in within the next few weeks," Program Manager Jaci Turner said.

Turner said the garage will also sit close to the new waterfront and retail development, which will begin soon.

"What we want to do is make that property as attractive as we can to other developers.  We are going to provide a parking garage. That will mean other developers don't have to build their own parking on the site."

The extra parking is good news to McGrath and Harrison.  The two expect to see more people downtown, once there's a place to park.

"I am sure if there is garage with adequate parking you can set your plans to go and shop," Harrison said.

City officials said they received grant money from the Mississippi Development Authority for the project.  Until the garage is built, the city has put up signs showing parking areas available to drivers.

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