Gulfport Job Corps Center may be redeveloping soon

Gulfport Job Corps Center may be redeveloping soon

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration will host the second and final public meeting for the Gulfport Job Corps Center Redevelopment Project. As the meeting draws closer, excitement is continuing to build.

The Gulfport Jobs Corps Center has steadily fallen into worse condition over the last decade, but the blighted property could soon be a bright spot not only for west Gulfport but the entire state.

“We are really thinking that this could be the envy of all the other job corps centers in the state and in the country. We have been told that by the D.O.L (Department of Labor),” said Gulfport Chief Administrative Officer John R. Kelly.

The model of what the finished project could look like is now available for public viewing at city hall, and city leaders are thrilled with the project’s potential.

“What we are hoping it will do is revitalize or help to revitalize the area,” Kelly said.

While that is an expected benefit of the redevelopment project, the main goal of the project is perhaps what is most exciting.

“What we have talked about is providing a quality learning environment for young people. That is exciting,” Kelly said.

The final public meeting will be conducted on Aug. 25 at Gulfport City Hall from 6-8 p.m. Due to COVID-19, guidelines are in place to ensure the public is safe during the meeting and also model viewing on Sept. 4, 2020.

Public Meeting Guidelines Model Viewing Guidelines
Due to COVID-19, they have limited the number of people allowed in Council Chambers to seven citizens An appointment must be made to view the model, located at City Hall in a first floor conference room. Call (228)-868-5700 to make an appointment.
Reservations must be made by calling (228) 868-5700, in order to, attend the public meeting in-person. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
Anyone with the ability to join virtually via the “Go to Meeting” (www.gotomeeting.com) platform is encouraged to do so. On the day and time of the meeting, attendees can click on “JOIN” in the upper right corner of the “Go to Meeting” website, then enter the code 443128125.
For those who wish to attend virtually, but are only able to connect by phone, the call-in number is 1-872-240-
3212.
No more than seven visitors will be permitted to view the model at one time.
Visitors will be required to undergo a temperature check, conducted by the City staff person. A visitor with a temperature of 100.4 degrees (F) or above will not be allowed to enter the building and they will be advised to return at a later date.

Also, meeting and model viewing attendees are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Before entering, attendees will be met at the City Hall’s main entrance for a temperature check and health screening.

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