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Gulfport councilman promotes more beautiful buildings on Scenic Byway

A Gulfport councilman wants businesses to build to a higher standard on Highway 605. (Photo source: WLOX) A Gulfport councilman wants businesses to build to a higher standard on Highway 605. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A Gulfport councilman wants businesses to build to a higher standard on Highway 605. The roadway, commonly known as Cowan-Lorraine, was designated a Scenic Byway in 2007. 

The councilman’s message to developers is to build on Highway 605, but make sure it's beautiful.

Hannah Hickman's job is to make her customers feel beautiful. As the assistant manager of Bella Rose Boutique, she believes her shop should also look appealing.

"You just get more business because it looks better. You want to shop somewhere nice," said Hickman.

Bella Rose is located in the new Bridgewater development on Highway 605. Gulfport Councilman R.Lee Flowers said the complex has set the bar in building design.

"I think anyone can drive down the road and say that's a good looking building when it has nice brick all the way around it, compared to a metal building," said Flowers.

Flowers wants to make sure Highway 605 lives up to its name as a Mississippi Scenic Byway. The designation gives the city's Urban Development Department the authority to determine whether a project is aesthetically pleasing.

"There's nothing that says you have to build with a certain color of brick, certain style of brick or certain colors of hardy plank, or anything like that. But, as you and I know, we're pretty quick to recognize when things are beautiful, and we're quick to recognize things that are not," said Flowers.

Flowers pointed to a new engineering building near the railroad tracks and a Dollar General store as examples of what he'd like to see going up on Highway 605.

"Don't build for just today to make a quick dollar. Let's build something that will enhance our community, add value to our community. We have this one opportunity. Let's do it right," said Flowers.

Hickman agreed, saying attractive buildings will entice more businesses, customers and tourists.

"Nice, upscale, brick, they look really pretty. It makes the business look better. It's appealing to people," said Hickman.

"Putting some nice touches to our community, not only do we as residents appreciate that, but tourists, when they come here, we want them to remember how beautiful it was," said Flowers.

Flowers said another project will help beautify Highway 605. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is installing wooden posts to prevent drivers from making illegal turns through the grass median at Helen Richards Road and Highway 605. The city will come in next to landscape the area.

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