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Long Beach unveils plans for new downtown

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Leaders in the city of Long Beach want to revitalize their downtown business district.  Post-Katrina construction has taken the city a big step in that direction.  Monday night, the Mississippi Main Street Association unveiled plans for that next big steps.  Those plans also included ways to see the Main Street designs come into fruition.

People from around Long Beach packed into a USM classroom.  They wanted to learn what the Mississippi Main Street Association was able to come up with.

"I think it was great. It was a good build on of when they were fist here to show us new ideas of what we could do with Downtown Long Beach," Long Beach resident Marcia Kruse said. 

Using input of residents and industry professionals, the association is recommending a new plan that could take the city to the next level. 

Bob Wilson represented the Main Street group at the meeting.  "They're all recommendations. With the individual committees and the Main Street board there, they'll really look at these and sort of prioritize what they feel would work best for their particular community and get started on those," Wilson said.

The purpose of this meeting was to coordinate how this vision for Long Beach moves from drawings to action.  

"We've worked with individual property owners downtown and gotten them together to kind of see how we can coordinate what we like to call design vignettes," Main Street spokesperson Stacy Pair said. "That will enable the mayor and other citizens in Long Beach to help with economic development going forward. We can go and talk to developers, talk to potential buyers of these properties and show them the plans that we have."

Kruse has been following the Main Street Association throughout this process. "I think its really going to help the city because they also showed you ways to be able to afford it through mid-south development through VISTA Core, those types of things. They showed you that you can get grants you can go forward with this. It spells good news for Long Beach, the friendly city," Kruse said.

Mississippi Main Street Association leaders say they hope to work with Long Beach and BP America to make some of these projects happen.

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