See what new restaurants and kid-friendly developments are coming to the Coast

Elliott Homes will build this colorful entrance to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center as its contribution to the community this year.
Elliott Homes will build this colorful entrance to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center as its contribution to the community this year.

New classrooms, more restaurants and a charming new information center at the entrance to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport are among more than $2 million in development coming to South Mississippi.

The ground breaking is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for the center at Lynn Meadows. Construction will take 3 to 4 months and Elliott Homes will build the 700-square-foot center that will help control access to the grounds and pay for construction drawings, permits and materials.

His company built homes as a fundraiser for St. Jude Hospital in 2012, 2015 and 2016, and Brandon Elliott, president of Elliott Homes, said he gets calls all the time asking for donations to all sorts of events and nonprofit organizations. He and his team decided putting all their resources into a project like this makes a large impact on the community, he said.

“We have experienced Lynn Meadows first-hand. It’s an amazing place,” he said, “one people expect to see in New York City, not on the the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Lynn Meadows fits with Elliott Homes’ vision of quality of life.”

River Oaks grows

Also benefiting young children and topping the list of building permits for the last two weeks is a $2.1 million classroom expansion at River Oaks Elementary. The $12.4 million Harrison County school opened three years ago. But due to the growing population from several new residential communities nearby, the county is adding another 10 classrooms.

“The Harrison County School District continues to grow, especially in this area,” said Superintendent Roy Gill

“With the school reaching its maximum capacity and with continued development in the area, we have to prepare for the future and expand,” he said.

Construction is expected to be complete in time for the 2018-19 school year, said Trang Pham-Bui, public relations specialist for the school district.

In Vancleave, owner Colt Landry is expanding Landry’s Land of Learning daycare on Mississippi 57.

New restaurants

In Biloxi, plans to open Boogies Grill and Chill at Edgewater Village will go to Development Review Committee Wednesday.

Monte Luffey, a principal with Southeast Commercial Real Estate, said the restaurant will open a few spots south of the Mississippi Coast campus of Tulane University.

In D’Iberville, a sports-themed restaurant is signed to go in at One Promenade North, the subdivision Southeast Commercial is developing to the west of The Promenade shopping Center. Luffey said a local credit union expansion also is going in at that location and his company is working with another potential tenant.

Residential development continues to be strong in South Mississippi, according to the Treen Report for Aug. 15 and Aug. 22. Construction permits were issued for 10 new single family homes in Jackson County and 18 in Harrison and Hancock counties over the past two weeks.

Building permits

  • $2.1 million. Classroom addition to school at River Oaks Elementary School, 14111 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, in Harrison County School District. Contractor is JW Puckett & Co., Gulfport
  • $75,000 for office building renovation at 1302 Pass Road, Gulfport. Contractor is Elliott Homes, Gulfport
  • $70,000 for addition to Landry’s Land of Learning daycare at 11702 Mississippi 57, Vancleave. Owner is Colt Landry and contractor is JE Borries Inc., Vancleave
  • $45,000 for renovations at 2302 Market St., Pascagoula. Owner is Tina Thames, Pascagoula
  • $36,000 for pavilion at 100 8th St., Pass Christian. Owner is PC II, New Orleans. Contractor is JB Design Build, Kiln
  • $35,000 for renovation of lab/X-ray at 15476 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport. Owner is Orange Grove Medical Plaza, Vancleave. Contractor is JO Collins Construction, Biloxi
  • $30,000 for boat and RV covered storage at 13083 Hudson Krohn Road, Biloxi. Owner is Larry Jones, Biloxi
  • $25,000 for renovations at Centennial Plaza, 200 East Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Owner is City of Gulfport and contractor is Mastec Network, Atlanta, Georgia

Ribbon cuttings

Other businesses are opening across the Coast and the local chambers of commerce have scheduled these ribbon cuttings:

  • Aug. 24: Sports Shack new location, 1610 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs, 5-7 p.m.
  • Aug. 30: The Winey Crab, 108 South Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis. 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: C & C Italian Bistro, the newest restaurant by Chef David Dickensauge at 111 Main St., Old Town Bay St. Louis. 5-6 p.m.