Second Community Workshop Held for the East Hardy and Hall Avenue Corridor Project

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Residents, business owners and community leaders gathered at the Jackie Dole Sherill Community Center this afternoon for the second meeting regarding the East Hardy Street and Hall Avenue Corridor Project.

While the first meeting focused on the details of the project, tonight’s meeting focused on the community and allowed community members to voice their opinions.

“This meeting is going to be a little more interactive,” planning division director Ginger Lowrey said. “We want to get more information from them. What specific things are they looking for. What are some uses that are inappropriate or inappropriate in their minds. What developments do they want to see and then get information about the cultural resources in the area so that we can highlight those as well. »

Attendees were able to talk to other residents about their thoughts in breakout sessions. Then, they were able to relay their concerns to the project leaders.

Owner and resident Michael McCullum said he came to hear the city’s goals for the project.

“I think there’s a lot more strength in diversity,” McCullum said. “We have a lot of neighborhood associations that want to keep things exactly the way they were, and that’s good to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood, but we have to realize that there’s a lot more strength to branching out and to be able to put more people inside our communities to have a different mix of people and also to be able to have more services for those people.

Other concerns expressed include traffic, housing needs, flooding and a desire to ensure the existing community is not forgotten while focusing on potential future residents.

Residents who missed the meeting can still raise concerns by emailing [email protected]

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