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Former Pascagoula eyesore transformed into workforce housing

The Lodge - Before The Lodge - Before
The Lodge - After The Lodge - After
The Lodge - Before The Lodge - Before
The Lodge - After The Lodge - After
The Lodge - After The Lodge - After
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

By Doug Walker – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – What was once a blight on the community and a magnet for crime is now a brand new apartment complex called The Lodge. 

At Tuesday's grand opening, Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell said the new development was badly needed.  

"This place was just falling down," Maxwell said. "It was one of the worst apartment complexes in the city. But since then, with the help of a lot of people, it's turned into what it is today. Very proud of it, very proud that it's in Pascagoula." 

The complex cost $15 million to refurbish, with $6 million of that coming from the state in the form of an MDA grant.  And The Lodge will be home to those who normally could not afford such luxury. 

"This is the epitome of what good workforce housing is," said Lee Youngblood  with the Mississippi Development Authority. "It's a workforce housing project that's tailored towards the average worker in Pascagoula, and it's located in a place that's close to the typical jobs that you have in Pascagoula and Moss Point." 

One of those workers is Etta McCray, who proudly walked the grounds of her new home singing its praises.  

"It has the best of amenities, the pools, the volleyball courts, tennis court, fitness center," McCray said. "So money that I would spend on things like that, I'm able to stay home and enjoy." 

And there's more to come, all over the coast, according to Youngblood.  

"We've already built, counting this, about 5,000 affordable units for people post-Katrina for low and moderate income people." 

The owners of the complex hope it will not only transform the neighborhood, but also the lives of those who call The Lodge home.   

Rents range from $650 to $800, depending on the size of the apartment.

And a five percent discount is available to people who work at several businesses in Jackson County, such as Chevron and Northrop Grumman.

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