Building season is off to a fast start in South Mississippi, with $70 million in building permits already filed in the first six weeks of 2018.
Here’s what’s happening across the Coast:
The Inlet in Ocean Springs, a $10 million, “Live. Eat. Shop.” mixed-use development, is quickly rising on the north side of U.S. 90. The first three of five buildings planned for the site are under construction and will have commercial space on the bottom floors and condos on the upper floors.
A year ago, Tracy Ross with the Thrash Group in Hattiesburg showed the mayor and Ocean Springs Board of Alderman drawings of the three-story buildings. He described a development with about 95 condos with one, two and three bedrooms for singles and families and 18,000 square feet of commercial space for shops and restaurants.
The complex originally was proposed as a $20 million “Bay Village” several years ago. Groundbreaking was held in June 2017 for The Inlet that the developer says will provide all-inclusive living and a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, dog park, water views and natural landscaped trails among its amenities.
Also coming to Ocean Springs is The Village, a $1.4 million development of storefronts next to McDonald’s and near Walmart.
Schools throughout South Mississippi invested in new athletic and education facilities in 2017 and that is continuing in 2018. One of the largest permits issued so far this year is $3.9 million for renovations to the athletic field for St. Martin schools. A $1.2 million Fablab, funded in a partnership between Chevron and the Jackson County School District, is near completion in on Mississippi 57 in Vancleave to encourage science exploration.
Atop the list is a $51 million permit to begin construction of Mississippi Aquarium in downtown Gulfport. A crane is in place for Roy Anderson Corp. of Gulfport to begin construction, said Greg Pietrangelo, director of planning and urban development for Gulfport.
“I think the aquarium will be a good catalyst,” he said, and serve as an anchor on one end of the development and the downtown at the other end. What will go in the middle of this development is still to be determined and Petrangelo said it’s a chicken and egg scenario of if shopping or residential should come first in the downtown. People want retail stores to return, he said, and “Retail wants downtown living.”
Just to the west of downtown the new $75 million Island View casino at the beach, south of U.S. 90, is scheduled to open this summer.
Cowan Road in east Gulfport continues to boom, with a large lot just south of I-10 being cleared for a Racetrack gas station.
Work also is under way on Cowan and Lorraine for a dental clinic, lawn and garden center, a Negrotto’s gallery, Domino’s drive through and a retail store near Pass Road for Vision Realty and Development, Petrangelo said.
North of the interstate, work continues at the Sportsplex with two fields of synthetic grass already down and dugouts and concession stands going up. A third hotel at Anchor Plaza is slow coming out of the ground, he said.
Under construction next at the north side of The Promenade in D’Iberville is a four-story Hampton Inn and Suites with 85 rooms and suites.
On the north side of I-10, the three Ray Brandt dealerships for Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Infiniti will be joined by Ray Brandt Nissan of South Mississippi on entire lot next to Mugshots. The area across the street, adjacent to The Promenade shops and restaurants, has 17 acres cleared and ready to build. Monte Luffey with Southeast Commercial Real Estate said a portion of the property is under contract with developers, but he can’t announce yet who they are or what projects they’ll build.
D’Iberville City Manager Clay Jones said the long-vacant portion of the shopping center next to Rite Aid Pharmacy on Popp’s Ferry Road is being transformed by Greater Grace Church into a 9,700-square-foot sanctuary and an 8,000-square-foot fellowship hall.
Work on the widening and realignment of that portion of Popp’s Ferry Road will begin next week, Jones said.
Two hotels, Hilton Garden Inn and Watermark Biloxi Hotel & Suites, are under construction in downtown Biloxi and plans are going through city review for a new Holiday Inn on U.S. 90, just west of Rodenberg Avenue, near where White Pillars restaurant opened late last year. Also in the review process are an addition to Star Inn at 1716 Beach Blvd. and for By the Slice restaurant & 834 Lounge at 834 Howard Ave.
Work began this week on a pedestrian crossover from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino to MGM Park. Work is nearly done on the parking area at the Biloxi Lighthouse and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said repairs to the Lighthouse Pier, damaged in October by Hurricane Nate, will soon go to bid.
Finishline Performance Karting is quickly taking shape on the site of the former Slippery Sam’s waterpark and the go-kart tracks will open this spring.
Just to the west, the lot is cleared between Souvenir City and Treasure Bay Casino. Brent Pierotich, whose family operates Souvenir City and the nearby Sharkheads souvenir shop, said the work was to clean up the area before the summer tourism season and plans are still being made to build a bigger and much nicer souvenir shop.
A $194,000 permit was filed and Waveland soon will have a working lighthouse at 108 N. Beach Blvd.
Renovations and new exhibits continue at Infinity Science Center to make the attraction even more engaging. In Bay St. Louis, Avocado’s Mexican restaurant is open on U.S. 90 after a year of preparations.
Total: $66.9 million year to date 2018
- $51 million: New aquarium buildings 40 & 20, Gulfport
- $3.9 million: Renovation of athletic field at 10800 Yellow Jacket Blvd., St. Martin
- $1.9 million: New sanctuary at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 1715 Telephone Road, Pascagoula
- $1.4 million: New storefronts at 4010 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs (near Walmart)
- $750,000: Foundation for cinema at Edgewater Mall, Biloxi
- $750,000: New Dollar General, 12400 Mississippi 613, Moss Point
- $723,000: Omega Protein Building, Moss Point
- $709,000: New hangar at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Gulfport
- $598,000: Restroom building, concession, soccer complex, 7708 Yellowjacket Road, St. Martin
- $500,000: Commercial shell, Dedeaux Utility Co., 24th Ave., Gulfport
- $400,000: New restaurant, 16620 Mississippi 603, Bay St. Louis
- $374,000: Foundation for new building at 14231 Seaway Road, Gulfport
- $360,000: Addition and outdoor kitchen at Bozo’s Seafood Market, Pascagoula
- $358,000: New building at Hancock County Courthouse, 150 Main St., Bay St. Louis
- $300,000: Renovation to American Car Center, 11370 U.S. 49, Gulfport
- $280,000: Addition and parking lot, O’Reilly Auto Stores, 2800 25th Ave., Gulfport
- $278,000: Renovation at Cat Island Cookies, Pass Christian
- $256,000: City of Gulfport pavilion & walking bridge, 250 E. Railroad St., Gulfport
- $250,000: New commercial at 9342 U.S. 49, Gulfport
- $200,000: Finish site 8 at Community Plaza, 11010 U.S. 49, Gulfport
- $194,000: New Lighthouse, 108 N. Beach Blvd., Waveland
- $170,000: Addition, unit C, 8933 Lorraine Road, Gulfport
- $130,000: Parsonage Power Ministries, 1470 Lily Orchard Road, Moss Point
- $110,000: New commercial at 4204 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs
- $100,000: Renovations at island Garden Shop, 9244 Old Lorraine Road, Gulfport
- $98,000: Metal Storage building, International Brotherhood Electric, Gulfport
- $90,000: New commercial strip mall, 6900 Mississippi 614, Lucedale
- $88,000: Renovation, Merchants & Marine Bank, 2802 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs
- $81,000: Shell of metal building for Church, Solid Rock Baptist Church, D’Iberville
- $79,000: Slab for equipment, The Chemours Company, Kiln DeLisle Road, Pass Christian
- $70,000: New building for Mandal’s/Chris Cooper, 4002 Hewes Ave., Gulfport
- $48,000: Metal building, Moss Point School District, 3530 Bellview St., Moss Point
- $47,000: New restroom, Pallet Mill, 520 Mississippi 613, Moss Point
- $40,000: Renovation of fitness Center, 921 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi
- $33,000: Accessory building at St. Martin High School, St. Martin
- $32,000: Renovation for monument at Trent Lott International Airport, Moss Point
- $30,000: Office renovation at 21025 Success Road, Saucier
- $30,000: Porch addition, Moran Properties, 1010 Government St., Ocean Springs
- $25,000: Renovation at 4060 Beatline Road, Long Beach
- $25,000: Renovation Bpi Enterprises, 522 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs
- $21,000: Renovation of tower, Shortcut Road, Moss Point
- $20,000: Cell tower, Beatline Road, Long Beach
- $18,000: Renovation at State Farm Insurance, 402 Main St., Moss Point
- $15,000: Renovation hair salon at 22709 Alamosa Drive, Moss Point
- $10,000: Out building at Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Moss Point