HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Infrastructure work on Harrison County's sixth industrial park is underway. According to the Harrison County Development Commission (HCDC), the more than 600 acre park is located in Saucier.
Just like other industrial parks on the Coast that house large businesses, like John Fayard Moving and Warehousing and Rex Distributing, the HCDC is hoping to reel companies in and boost economic development.
WLOX News caught up with the HCDC to learn what the timeline is on the streets, water and sewer and what officials say will happen once all that is done.
The empty 623 acre site on Nobles Road may be empty now, but the HCDC says it's the future site of the North Harrison County Industrial Complex. It's a place officials expect will one day resemble the five other industrial complexes in Harrison County that are filled with companies and jobs.
HCDC Interim Executive Director Bill Hessell says the HCDC is developing the complex on behalf of the county and then will sell its parcels to businesses. Hessell says right now, water and sewer lines are being installed followed by roads.
"We hope to have all those improvements in hopefully no later than November, and then we can really start marketing that park, because obviously somebody could move in. We have been marketing the park for the last several months, but when you don't have your streets and you don't have your water and sewer, it's a difficult sell," said Hessell.
Thanks to good weather, infrastructure work is ahead of schedule. Once the land sells to businesses, Hessell says it will benefit Harrison County residents.
"It means jobs. That's what we're here for. The development commission's main function is we're the economic development arm for the board of supervisors. Our job is to create jobs and to create capital investment into Harrison County. The best way to do it is to provide property," said Hessell.
Job creation is perhaps the most intriguing part for some county residents.
"We don't have any industrial complexes up here, and if it means more jobs, creating more jobs, factory workers and so forth, yea it's a good idea," said Scott Alexantos.
"Everything is coming to Gulfport and the City of Biloxi, and we need some help. It goes to D'Iberville. It goes on east and it goes west. It just doesn't come to us, and now is a good time," said Ronald McDonald.
Hessell says the site was chosen because of the amenities it offers prospective companies. Some of the amenities include direct access to a major roadway, which is Highway 49, as well as a railway and a 100 foot buffer that will go up around the park to protect residential areas.
Infrastructure work is expected to be completed by November. Hessell says businesses have already expressed interest in the park.