By Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Congressman Gene Taylor announced the city of Hattiesburg will be awarded a $150,000 HUD Community Challenge Grant.
The purpose of the grant is to create the Mid-Town Hattiesburg Master Plan which will lay the foundation for a commercial/residential mixed-use and mixed-income housing district.
This will allow workers to live closer to their jobs, schools, hospital and shopping venues. Additionally, the project will re-focus development away from areas in the west and toward the city center. Johnny DuPree, Mayor of Hattiesburg, says the mid-town area needs to be sustained.
"This is a planning grant for the Mid-Town area which is around USM, Forrest General Hospital, South 31st Avenue in that area and U.S. 49. The area between USM and Forrest General Hospital that needs to be sustained. That is the foundation of our economic growth here, and so we want to make sure that we maximize what we do in that as it relates to the economy and housing," said DuPree.
Once the project gets started residents will have the opportunity to determine the future of their community through public meetings.