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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."

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