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Summit could spur development of Gulfport's Centennial Plaza


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Governor Haley Barbour will kick off the 2010 Centennial Plaza Developers' Summit Tuesday in Gulfport. 

Carolyn Meadows serves on the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission (GRC) charged with the organizing the two-day summit. For the past couple of years, the five member commission has been working to develop a possible plan for the property.

"All we need is vision and money," Meadows said.

Forty developers from Texas to Tennessee are already signed up for the summit.

"We want it to be something where people say it's a must-see property," Meadows said.

Developers will tour nearly 60 acres south and north of the railroad tracks. Meadows said the 11 buildings on the property are ideal for mixed-used development. That development could include retail, apartments, a hotel, conference space. There's even the possibility of converting the old laundry facility on the north end of the property into a Municipal Auditorium. 

On top of that, Meadows points to the property's 30 acres of green space.

"We are determined to keep this green space and use it for public things for families to come out," Meadows said.

Developers will also learn about incentives available for developing the property. GRC hopes developers will understand how this investment will tie into to other economic efforts underway like the revitalization of downtown Gulfport and the port.

"It's huge and it has so much potential," Meadows said.

The summit will wrap up Wednesday at noon.

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