The City of Pass Christian welcomed a beach front condominium project Wednesday.
Once finished, the development will include 70 units in seven, two story buildings.
As he turned dirt, Mayor Billy McDonald couldn't help but reflect. The "Island Breeze" condos are going up on a corner not far from where he grew up. A place locals called "the rice field".
"There wasn't anything here. Nothing's ever been built here. And this was a real low lying area. And of course the Richelieu Apartments were just a short ways from here. And I remember the '47 hurricane that we were actually swimming on Highway 90 and my dad had a fit," the mayor recalled.
These concrete and steel structures are being built to withstand 200 mile per hour winds. The Louisiana developer behind the 70 unit project is the same one who's building high rise condos at the old Ramada Inn property in Long Beach.
"I think it's close enough to casinos. You've got a marina right across the street, which I think is an asset to this space," said developer Rudy Brown.
The condominium development comes in the wake of some positive publicity about Pass Christian. It seems more and more people outside this community are getting the idea that the Pass is not only a nice place to visit, it's also a great place to live.
"In Money magazine, Pass Christian was the best place to live along the Gulf of Mexico. And that article, along with our great schools, that we've had some great articles on the school system here, has brought all kind of interesting people into Pass Christian," said Carlene Alfonso.
The first two buildings will be finished by early next year. The rest of the project will follow. The base price for the new condominiums is around 200 thousand dollars.