Developers Want To Open Dead-End Roads

The Reservation subdivision in Orange Grove is a quiet neighborhood of 85 homes. About all you can hear on fall afternoons is the rustle of falling leaves. Residents like Nancy McCoy worry about a new subdivision development.

"The proposed development wants to break through two streets through Reservation and bring in 60 some odd houses," McCoy said.

To build those houses, construction crews will have to use a neighborhood street, and the community's sewer system.

"I worry about all the extra cars and maybe having a thoroughfare going through there. I think the crime rate will go up in the neighborhood," McCoy said.

"I believe it probably puts a little too much pressure on our infrastructure at the present time," resident Scottie Rosetti said.

Residents say there are other locations that are more feasible to access the new subdivision, like north on O'Neil Road or south on Prudie Circle.

"God bless this man. Let him develop his house. But why should I sacrifice my neighborhood so he can build his houses," resident James O'Neil said.

But the owners of the undeveloped property don't see it any other way, and took their case to the Gulfport City Council.

"I want to hear all the arguments. I can't predict how it's going to come out. I think the city council will be fair to both parties," Council President Chuck Teston said.

"Y'all have zoned this property R-1-10. That is a single family residential development. So you have said in your wisdom that we can not use this except for single family residential. But the planning commission says we can't develop a subdivision in there. We can't use our property if you can't approve our sketch plan," Virgil Gillespie, attorney for the property owners, said to the council.

In the end, the council ruled 7-0 in favor of the Reservation residents, and sent the plans back to the drawing board. The new subdivision isn't dead completely. The planners can redesign the project and submit it again to the development commission.