New Community Comes To The Pass

PASS CHRISTIAN (WLOX) -- For developer and Pass Christian native Skip Negrotto the IV, Harbor Town was more than a project. It was about coming home.

"We were determined that we were going to do whatever we could to make things better," Negrotto said.

In two weeks, what is now a pile of concrete will become the beginning of a residential community.

"We wanted to put something downtown where people could walk from shop to shop and be able to live there, and yet have a good separation between the residential and the commercial," Negrotto said.

It's a plan built around the idea of smart code - a community where people can live, eat, shop and have fun, all in one location.

It will include 78 living units and commercial space for 10 to 15 businesses.

Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott made an interesting and humorous comparison about the project.

"You know in a meat market there's two types of meat, there's choice and there's prime.  This is prime right here," McDermott told the crowd.

City officials and developers say it's a prime location in the heart of downtown between Second and Market Streets.

Mayor McDermott also says the clustering of businesses is ideal in helping to bring more people downtown to spend money.

"This is like a domino effect.  This is where we'll begin building downtown, right here," McDermott said.

Developers say their goal is to bring back the look and feel of old downtown.

"It's kind of a New Orleans type feel with the large balconies overlooking the street," Negrotto said.

"It is perfect for what we need," Mayor McDermott said.

Prices will vary according to the location and size of the condo. And while prices are not yet set, developers expect a one bedroom to run about $280,000. The first phase of the project is expected to wrap up by fall.