D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - As the Scarlet Pearl Casino and Resort is taking shape, contractors are doing what they can to keep residents informed. Roy Anderson Corporation held an open house Wednesday night to discuss the future of the project.
About 50 people showed up the meet and greet, one of whom was Hilda Strayham. She lives just feet away from the construction site.
"I'm going to be 80 in January, so it's a new way of life," said Strayham.
Strayham and her two sisters all live within walking distance of the future home of D'Iberville's first casino. Having lived off Desporte Avenue their whole lives, this is definitely a new normal.
"At first, we didn't know what was going to happen, and we were real jittery about it. Since they have gotten started, it has been real nice, and we have enjoyed watching them build it," said Wilma Creech.
The sisters say they sit on the porch and take pictures to mark the progress. People all over the neighborhood seemed to be happy with the way Roy Anderson Corporation is doing things.
"They've been very good about the noise control. They send me a letter in my mailbox every time they are going to pour the cement or work early hours," said Strayham.
The open house was simply for nearby residents to talk with the construction company and ask questions. There was also a slide show and blue prints along the walls to give everyone a better understanding of what is to come during the construction process.
"It's interesting to see the things that were projected on the wall and all the drawings, because we don't know where everything is going to be placed and get to see a little bit more of what's going to happen. The renderings, they kind of promote a little bit more excitement," said Jeremy Jones.
The project executive tells me, right now, they are working between 16 and 18 hour days to get the project completed by December of 2016.