Downtown Hub City residents concerned for bid made on old jail
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
A bid for the old Forrest
County Jail has many Downtown Hattiesburg residents concerned.
Landmark, a North Carolina
Real Estate Developer, has proposed to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors
to renovate the jail into apartments and office space with Section 42 Housing
After attending a public
hearing Thursday, many Downtown Hattiesburg residents are concerned with the
proposal and do not agree with the renovations the Carolina developer has in
"I am very opposed to the
idea," said downtown resident, Marilyn Livingston. "I think we have a lot of
people working hard to bring downtown into what it should be and bring it up,
and in my opinion would cause things to go down."
"I see a bigger need in the
downtown area for parking garages, green space, and that sort of thing," said
downtown resident, Lloyd Munn. "We have plenty of housing, in my opinion, in
the Hattiesburg area at this time."
Along with Landmark, the
board has two other proposals to consider.
They invite the public to
their board meeting on Monday and Thursday, where they hope to make a decision.
Both meetings will be held
at 10 a.m. in the Forrest County Chancery Building located on Main St.