The groundbreaking for the Cadet Point Senior Village on Maple Street means a lot to Clarence Parker. The 77-year old lived in the old East End homes that used to sit on this site and he'll be one of the first to move into the village.
"I think it'll be a nice modern building and I understand they're going to have wash places in there where you can wash your clothes without having to go to a wash house. I think it'll be a wonderful thing," says Parker.
Cadet Point is the third complex in the six phase $60 million Hope Six plan. The money is paying for new neighborhoods across Biloxi's point.
Housing Authority Chairperson Delmar Robinson says, "We have a vision of replacing as many substandard and dilapidated houses in the city as we possibly can and as money allows."
Cadet Point will take the place of concrete block homes that were built in the 1940s.
"It's going to get an infusion of new families and so forth into this community and new infrastructure in this community that's been necessary for quite some time," the housing authority's executive director Bobby Hensley said.
The senior village will open next January and Clarence Parker says it will be well worth the wait.
Cadet Point will be three stories with 76 rental units. Later this month, the Biloxi Housing Authority will open bids for another Hope Six project at the opposite end of Maple Street.