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Northrop Grumman cleans up Pascagoula eyesore

By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - On a beautiful day you'll find plenty of people at the point in Pascagoula.  The vacant buildings towering behind them will soon be gone.

"It's really an eyesore and it really needs to be cleaned up for Pascagoula," said Larry Ryan, a Pascagoula resident.

Pascagoula native and Jackson County resident Kiley Lynn agrees.  "Nothing there, I mean look at it," Lynn said.  "It's just a pile of scrap and debris that needs to be cleaned up."

The 166 acre property known as East Bank lies at the western end of Ingalls Ave.  It's owned by Northrop Grumman, but in recent years it hasn't seen much use.  The company said in a statement this year, they'll clean the property and demolish the buildings they no longer need.  The demolition and cleanup work should be finished by the end of the year, according to the company's statement. 

City Councilman Frank Corder is thrilled at the announcement.

"When you have residents around here who are required to clean their property, it's good to see the corporate partners doing the same thing," said Corder.  "And Northrop Grumman is following through.  "It's a very good step."

Corder said the East Bank facility was actually the original Ingalls shipyard, so it has deep roots in Pascagoula's history. 

"This property here, in its hay day was blowing and going with all different kinds of employees," said Corder.  "We're trying to work with the shipyard to find a very productive use of this property."

What happens to it next is up to Northrop Grumman, but Corder said the property would be used as a staging ground in the short term, and fit well into the city's long term vision.

"Part of our whole plan is to clean up the whole riverfront from the point to the East Bank, to the West Bank at some point," said Corder.  "Trying to make it more aesthetically pleasing, consumer and citizen friendly, along with [Northrop Grumman] being a corporate partner with our city."

Pascagoula residents already have some ideas of what they'd like to see at the facility in the next 10 or 15 years.

"Restaurants," said Lynn.  "Hotels, just basic retail."

Ryan said he would like to see the property produce jobs for the city.

"It don't matter just as long as they clean it up, put something else there," said Ryan.  "Put people back to work or get it cleaned up."

"I hope to see a very clean facility that has been renovated, that has been utilized in some way to enhance the community through job creation, public access probably even too" said Corder.  "So I think over time you'll see that."

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