PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Plans to redesign Market Street in Pascagoula are hitting a speed bump. This after residents and business owners attended Tuesday night's city council meeting to their voice concerns about possible changes to the busy street.
Preliminary designs would reduce the street from four lanes to two and create parallel parking. City leaders say the plans were meant to be an effort to boost business in the area but many believe these plans would slow traffic and make it difficult for people to get to businesses on the strip.
"I don't think anybody's opposing change, it just has to be done the right way," said Market Street resident Jason Keenum. "You're dealing with people's livelihoods. You're dealing with their business and home investment."
The council is now re-evaluating its plans. Tuesday night, city leaders approved using $10,000 for an additional corridor study and analysis of Market Street.
"Everyone had an input and the council listened to them," said David Anderson, a business owner on Market Street. "Hopefully they will do what they say and take everyone's input into consideration."
The council plans to have a meeting next month to brainstorm ideas. Click here to see the city's $2.3 million renovation proposal for Market Street.