BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi — New Orleans developer Jim MacPhaille says it’s too early to say what the vintage Second Street Elementary School will become when he takes ownership in early August.
Based on conversations with neighbors and city officials, he guesses the property likely will be turned into a hotel. With offices and shops. And maybe a fine dining restaurant and a theater.
But before anything is decided, he’s got to make sure the neighbors and the city are on board with the plans.
“Every time I’m in town I’m asking people, what would you like to see? Nobody says apartments. They say condos or a hotel.”
The whole process of restoring the building will take 12 to 18 months. He’s basing the timeline on his ongoing restoration of an old school building in New Orleans.
— Lisa Monti