No bids offered for prime downtown Ocean Springs property

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 2:20 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 5:52 AM CDT
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OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - No takers for land in Ocean Springs described as a "valuable piece of property in a prime location." Jackson County received no bids by Monday's deadline for the former Swingster property, something that surprised County Administrator Brian Fulton.
"It's a little disappointing. We had a lot of interest and a lot of calls on it, but no bids," Fulton said.  
The county was asking for a minimum bid of $1 million for the 2.1 vacant acres on Government Street. The Swingster building was demolished and the county worked with the Ocean Springs leaders to rezone the site to make it more attractive to developers.
"It's a valuable piece of property, it's in a prime location and it's going to be developed. We just have to take the next step to get there," Fulton said.
The Jackson County Board of Supervisors will have to decide that next step. Among the options: lower the asking price, enlist a realtor, or consider what Fulton called "other creative alternatives" such as making a request for proposals from potential developers.

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