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Ocean Springs Apartment Stirs Neighborhood Concern

Affordable housing is a major issue across the South Mississippi.  But in some neighborhoods, residents aren't ready to roll out the welcome mat to new neighbors. That's what Keli Rabon found in one area of Ocean Springs, where developers want to build new apartments.

"When I first moved in it was a quiet neighborhood, there was a few homes on this area of the road," Ocean Springs resident Carol Jones said.   

There's a tight-knit neighborhood at the corner of Groveland and Deana Road, in a place that Carol Jones has called home for 10 years.   

"I love living here. I love the environment, I love the quietness of the trees," she said. But she worries plans for a 222-unit apartment complex could soon change the neighborhood.

Ocean Springs Planning Director Donovan Scruggs says he's been working on the plans for two weeks, trying to reach some common ground for developers, the city and neighbors.   

"We've asked the developers to do a few things, and include some town home development on the fringes, so the units that abut the single family residential will be much more in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood," Planning Director Donovan Scruggs said.   

The current version of the plan allows for mixed use buildings with local business downstairs, and residential areas above. But many Ocean Springs residents are questioning this development.   

"The crime rate will go up, the evaluation of your property will go down, the traffic will be horrendous. It's just bad things all the way around," Mac McCown said.   

Carol Jones and Mac McCown will be rounding up their neighbors to attend Tuesday's planning commission meeting to let city leaders know their feelings.   

"We do not want that to happen to our homes. We don't want this to be Katrina Two," Jones said.      

The Ocean Springs planning meeting is Tuesday at 6, at City Hall.

by Keli Rabon

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