Plans Unveiled for Racquet Club Property

People in Gulfport will soon have more options when it comes to housing. Saturday developers and city leaders unveiled plans for a new apartment complex to Gulfport residents. While the community promises to bring more money to the city, that didn't stop concerned citizens from hammering out some tough questions.

Where the Racquet Club Apartments once stood, will now house a new subdivision: The Columns at Gulfport.

The 426 unit complex will run alongside Courthouse Road and Magnolia Street. But before developers begin any work, they first had to answer some tough questions from some of Gulfport's concerned citizens.

While traffic concerns will be addressed by MDOT, councilman Jackie Smith says the demolition and rebuilding process is being carefully thought out.

"We are going to try to get the bigger trucks, the demolition and try to keep it away from the condos. The developer will have to go through state procedures as far as tearing the Racquet Club apartments down," says Smith.

Even though there is plenty of work ahead, developers say the people of Gulfport won't be disappointed with the finished product.

"This will be what will be considered a luxury apartment rental community. The property will be gated, fenced, it will have a very nice clubhouse and it's tailored to an individual or a family who is looking for a nice clean upscale place to rent," says Phil Carlock with the ECI Group.

Demolition at the old Racquet Club Apartments is expected to begin in late March. Developers say higher building fees along the Coast may impact how much the apartments will rent for, however, they say the average two bedroom, two bathroom apartment will range anywhere from 850 to 900-dollars.