Moss Point entrepreneur helps change troubled neighborhood - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Moss Point entrepreneur helps change troubled neighborhood

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police say a neighborhood known as a crime and drug haven is improving, thanks to an entrepreneur's newest investment. Businessman Eric Barnes opened a $250,000 plaza on the corner of Frederick and Second streets to help clean up the area.

"People were hanging out on the corners and it became a nuisance. We began getting complaints on this corner," Police Chief Sheila Smallman said. 

Chief Smallman labels Second and Frederick in Moss Point as a problem corner. 

"You got fights breaking out, shooting breaking out. We don't want any of that and we have zero tolerance. We want to improve our city." 

Businessman Eric Barnes shares that vision, so he's invested time and money in the area to get rid of problems and the perceptions of the past. 

"The area needs cleaning up," Barnes said. 

Barnes has invested a quarter of a million dollars to open his new Trend Setters Plaza. There is a barbershop and beauty salon in the plaza.  And a restaurant and supply shop will soon follow. 

"This area has been an eyesore to the community, and we're actually just trying to bring a better look for the community," Barnes said.

Barnes grew up in the neighborhood and said he has a passion to see it become stronger and safer. He's encouraging other business owners to start investing in the more troubled communities.

"I feel everything that looks bad ain't always bad," Barnes said.

Barnes and Chief Smallman said they're already seeing a positive change in the neighborhood since the grand opening this month. Both are hoping the progress continues.

"I hope this building shows people we can do stuff in our neighborhood."

 Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Palmer Creek neighbors told to boil water due to chlorine leak

    Palmer Creek neighbors told to boil water due to chlorine leak

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:29 AM EDT2017-08-20 15:29:15 GMT
    Cleanup crews return to East Wortham Road to make sure chlorine is no longer leaking from a damaged utility box (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cleanup crews return to East Wortham Road to make sure chlorine is no longer leaking from a damaged utility box (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The people who live near Palmer Creek and East Wortham Road in Harrison County are being told to boil water before using it. The warning comes after a deadly Saturday night crash that led to a chlorine cloud covering the area. Hazmat crews returned to Palmer Creek Sunday morning to make sure the utility system damaged in that crash is no longer leaking chlorine. Harrison County's sheriff says a stolen car crashed into the a utility box on E. Wortham Road right before 10:00 p.m.

    More >>

    The people who live near Palmer Creek and East Wortham Road in Harrison County are being told to boil water before using it. The warning comes after a deadly Saturday night crash that led to a chlorine cloud covering the area. Hazmat crews returned to Palmer Creek Sunday morning to make sure the utility system damaged in that crash is no longer leaking chlorine. Harrison County's sheriff says a stolen car crashed into the a utility box on E. Wortham Road right before 10:00 p.m.

    More >>
  • Friends will celebrate Tyler Cooke's life

    Friends will celebrate Tyler Cooke's life

    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:32 AM EDT2017-08-20 14:32:55 GMT
    This is the memorial created next to Highway 90 in Biloxi to remember 16-year-old Tyler Cooke (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)This is the memorial created next to Highway 90 in Biloxi to remember 16-year-old Tyler Cooke (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    He made people smile. He made them laugh. That’s what friends and family members of Tyler Cooke will remember Sunday at a celebration of life service. Sunday’s celebration of life service begins at 1:00. It culminates with a balloon release outside Riemann Family Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi. Funeral services are Monday.

    More >>

    He made people smile. He made them laugh. That’s what friends and family members of Tyler Cooke will remember Sunday at a celebration of life service. Sunday’s celebration of life service begins at 1:00. It culminates with a balloon release outside Riemann Family Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi. Funeral services are Monday.

    More >>
  • 2 dead after stolen car crashes into chlorine tank

    2 dead after stolen car crashes into chlorine tank

    Sunday, August 20 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-08-20 13:53:37 GMT

    A neighborhood in Harrison County has been cleared by authorities after a car crashed into a utility station late Saturday, killing two people inside the vehicle.

    More >>

    A neighborhood in Harrison County has been cleared by authorities after a car crashed into a utility station late Saturday, killing two people inside the vehicle.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly