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.
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.