D'Iberville building up downtown around Town Green

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Granny's House, off Central Avenue, opened its doors just three weeks ago.  The owners of the restaurant are betting on downtown D'Iberville to deal them a winning hand.

"As casinos come in, it's going to be a great opportunity," said owner Paul Warren. "I expect there are going to be people coming from everywhere to my restaurant... standing room only. That's what I envision."

The Can-Can Casino is among the developments D'Iberville has approved once funding is in place. The city is also looking for other businesses to move in now that projects like its Town Green are finished.

"We're one of those towns who didn't have a definable downtown, and we needed this in order for that to take place," said Jeff Taylor, D'Iberville's Community Development Director.

The city is also making other investments to show it's serious about developing the area.  It's expanding Central Avenue, which runs through the heart of downtown.  On the waterfront, Scenic Overlook, a new pier at the end of Central Avenue will open early next year.

As for long-term development, Taylor said there's talk of a Coast Transit Authority hub north of the Town Green. East of the property, plans for housing and mixed-use development could emerge.

Business owners like Warren say, "It's going to be great opportunity, not only for my business, but for a number of businesses down Central Avenue."

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