PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula will soon have its first 120 room Hilton Garden Inn in the city. It's being developed by Gentry Williams. "There is no hotel in Pascagoula for people to stay, so that is going to benefit Pascagoula," Williams said.
Gentry and Roy Williams are the developers over the project and gave details on how the hotel will look. "It is going to have a little restaurant in it, meeting space of about 5,000 square feet, convention space, and we are going to have five out parcels available for restaurants and other things," Gentry Williams said.
When Hurricane Katrina hit this town, many thought Pascagoula could be out for the count. But the hotel and many others new buildings are expected to strengthen the city. If you look around town, there's a new Hancock Bank going up. A new Fred's store, and Sushi and Jack's By The Tracks Live Music and Sushi restaurant will soon open.
"We are kind of a hidden secret," Mark Garrison said. Garrison is the owner of the restaurant. And he's also a Pascagoula resident. "Let's just get some foot traffic downtown,"Garrison said.
The new buildings should also have great economic impact on this town. "We will pump about 15 million dollars just building the hotel. You will have about 150 construction jobs created and those people will be staying here, eating here. Then we will create about 50 to 75 permanent jobs," Gentry Williams said.
"We should be able to hire 20 to 25 employees, and we have been in touch with the culinary programs at Pascagoula and Moss Point High schools and it will be great to teach them how to do this," Garrison said.
And Garrison calls that an exciting future for Pascagoula.