Main Street turns attention to blighted properties
Published: November 1,2011
Tags: blighted properties, brownfields, commercial property, Commercial Real Estate, community development, downtown, downtown development, economic development, Main Street, Mississippi Economic Development Council Inc., real estate, retail, stores, tourism, vacant property
GULFPORT — Now that downtown historic storefronts have been renovated, drawing new tenants and customers, Gulfport’s Main Street director is turning her attention to vacant lots potentially contaminated by petroleum or hazardous chemicals.
The city wants to identify and assess contaminated properties that can be returned to productivity, generating jobs and tax revenue.
Lisa Bradley, executive director of Gulfport Main Street, tells The Sun Herald the city has received $400,000 in grants for the assessments. Bradley says proposals have been solicited for a consultant to identify and test the sites. An advisory panel will hold public meetings to help decide which sites should be tested.
Gulfport’s application for assessment funds identified 45 potential brownfields, including properties where gas stations, dry cleaners and automobile repair shops once operated.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Peavey's wellness program honored after workers drop 1,000 pounds
- Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriages
- Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula
- Watkins says JRA out to block him from Farish by repaying HUD $1.5M
- Mississippi Film Studios signs contract with New Orleans company
- State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis
- Mars Food expanding Delta plant; investing $31M and adding jobs
- DAVID DALLAS: You say “Obama”, I say “Ebola”
- Biloxi baseball project still alive but may be held for 2015