By Jessica Bowman – email
D'Iberville, MS (WLOX) - A new shopping center may soon call D'Iberville home. If all plans are approved "Bayou Bridges Shopping Center" will be located off I-110, South of Interstate 10.
Mayor Rusty Quave said, "This shopping center has been on the plans for a good while."
The developer, the Woodmont Corporation, out of Dallas, TX purchased the land prior to Katrina. Because of the struggling economy it has been on hold since then, now this wooded area will soon be turned into 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Mayor Rusty Quave said, "This will be the first development on this side of the interstate."
Bonds are approved allowing plans to proceed to the next step.
Mayor Rusty Quave said, "The developer will bring in his list of potential tenants that will build in the shopping center."
For construction to begin roads on the outside of the shopping center must be re-constructed. The approved 10 million dollars of Tax Increment Financing bonds will now allow that to happen.
Mayor Rusty Quave said, "The highway department's plans are putting a new off ramp on the east bound side of the interstate that will allow people to come back across on Lamey Bridge and come into D'Iberville that way or either exit off right there and get on highway I-110 to go into the Eastbound lane going towards Jackson County.
Public Finance Consultant Chris Gouras says other road improvements such as widening lanes and putting in acceleration lanes will most likely be in the plans.
"Through the thick of all this worst economy in the history of the United States we feel like we've got to keep this economy going."
Quave said construction will hopefully begin in 10 to 18 months. The Mayor says the shopping center also means more job for South Mississippians.