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ADP discusses Midtown District Master Plan

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

You may have noticed some empty lots in Midtown Hattiesburg.  That's no coincidence.  It's all part of the preparation to revamp the district.  At Friday's Area Development Partnership meeting, the revamping of Midtown was the major discussion.  Numerous buildings between Hwy 49 and South 31st Avenue have already been grassed over to make way for construction on the up-scale, sophisticated mixed-use district that's being called the "Midtown Master Plan."

"It will re-invent the area, and make way for new, better improvements," said Board Consultant, Connie Cooper.  The reinvention will have more than just local businesses running to the banks.  It will provide Southern Miss with a community trademark like Oxford's "Square" or Mississippi State's "Cotton District." 

"When they see this urban context like Midtown, students will think that this is cool;  that this is where they want to be," said Cooper.  As economically friendly as the final product is made out to be, residents shouldn't expect that construction to end anytime soon. 

"Midtown Hattiesburg construction will take place over the next 20 to 30 years so really it will just be one lot at a time, one project at a time, " said ADP President, Chad Newell.  With about 15,000 students and 7,500 employees within the Midtown region, the board predicts that that could add up to nearly 100,000 visitors each month once the area is revamped.            

"It'll be complicated to develop, but the beauty of it is we already have anchored tenants," said Cooper. 

No exact date has been set for the completion of Midtown's construction, but the master plan is expected to be completed by August 2012. 

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