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Gulfport Redevelopment Commission ready to market Centennial Plaza

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Jeff Lawson – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel calls the old Veteran's Administration property on Highway 90 a "wonderful opportunity." That's why on April 27 and 28, the city and Governor Barbour will host a Centennial Plaza developers' conference. The city has invited more than 750 potential participants, including some of the heavy hitters in the world of commercial development.

The VA property was recently named the Centennial Plaza by the city. Friday, the city signed over the deed to the land to Gulfport's Redevelopment Commission. Now, they are marketing the marvelous piece of land.

"The world is full of developers who come in and see a big vision for what can happen in an area like this," the mayor said.

The 92 acres of beach front land was given to the city by the federal government, which has spent $36 million renovating the exterior of 10 classic Spanish style buildings. All of those buildings have brand new roofs on them as well as new windows and doors.

The mayor also emphasized he has had serious discussions with developers eyeing the property, and that list includes the man who built two hotels across from the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport.

As the economy struggles, how realistic is it to expect to attract big developers? Mayor Schloegel is convinced that some development, possibly a hotel with a convention center, could be coming out of the ground in about one year.

The city will lease the land to any developers, so Gulfport will be getting revenue from any tenant.

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