D'Iberville announces plans to potentially build housing near casino
By Caray Grace| April 20, 2016 at 8:11 PM CDT - Updated July 10 at 4:20 PM
D'Iberville city leaders say it's time to revitalize the downtown area. On the heels of the Scarlet Pearl opening, the city wants to move forward with even more development.
Leaders imagine D'Iberville's first casino to be the anchor of a new project - a housing development that brings hundreds of new residents to downtown D'Iberville.
"We're trying to do something and think outside the box of redeveloping the old downtown D'Iberville area into something that would make it a walkable community," said city manager Bobby Eleuterius.
Aside from the new multi-million dollar casino, town green and a Coast Transit Authority stop, there isn't much residential development in the area. However, Eleuterius says there's plenty of potential for it.
"We would have developers who want to come in once we've put a plan together and let them look at that," said Eleuterius. "They would probably purchase the land from the residents. We will just put them together, the residents and the developers, if they choose to move forward,"
The city is working with Bridge and Watson Planning out of Oxford to develop a plan on how to make the area livable; especially to millennials. Chris Watson, a consultant with the company, says having a CTA stop there is a huge asset.
"The whole idea of a transit oriented development is that transit be available within the neighborhood. Of course CTA's investment in the neighborhood provides that very important component," said Watson.
Plans are far from being finalized, but Eleuterius is confident that it can become a popular place where people will want to live and play.
"We want to bring that community back and build some livable areas where people who work at the casino, who go to Keesler, who work in other areas; it's accessible to the interstate, easy travel to go back and forth to work," said Eleuterius.
A public meeting on the project will be held Thursday night in the council chambers of City Hall at 6 p.m. Consultants are urging property owners and nearby residents to attend the meeting to learn more.