Home Owners Upset About Processing Plant Relocating Nearby

Hundreds of home owners in Ocean Springs are outraged about what is moving into their neighborhood. Right now, plans call for a meat and fish processing plant to move next door to one of Ocean Springs' most expensive neighborhoods.

The Finicky Pet Food Company is relocating its operations from Pascagoula to an industrial site just off Highway 90 in Ocean Springs. The meat processing plant will be less than 200 feet from the Bienville Place subdivision.

A wooden fence is all that divides the Bienville Place subdivision from the future meat and fish processing plant. At least four houses on the cul de sac will share a property line with the plant.

"You don't live in an exclusive neighborhood like this and find out in your back yard you're going to have fish processing plant," Ocean Springs resident Dawn McAllister said.

Bienville Place is one of Ocean Springs' newest and more expensive neighborhoods, with homes going for around $170,000 to $200,000. Residents throughout the subdivision are most concerned about the plant's odor.

"There is no way anyone can guarantee there is not going to be smell," McAllister said. "There is no way they can guarantee that."

"Because of the nature of it, I'm concerned about the odor, and I'm afraid it will literally ruin our property values right here," Ocean Springs resident Katie Grumme said.

City officials say the small industrial circle the meat processing plant is moving to has been zoned industrial for more than 30 years and was built long before the Bienville Place subdivision.

Residents like Katie Grumme say they've never had problems with the industrial park before, but she didn't realize this type of business could be her neighbor.

"I'm not against the business, I'm all for giving business a chance," Katie Grumme said. "We need that here in Jackson County; however, I think there was a better location for them to go to."

"Your home is your number one investment, and we feel like it is being ruined," McAllister said.

Residents say even though the plant has been given its building permit by the city, they plan to fight the arrival of their new neighbor.