HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Community members gathered Tuesday for the 2014 Spring Health Forum at USM to learn about plans to develop the midtown area of Hattiesburg. This area is bordered by USM on one side and the medical facilities of Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic on the other. The other two borders include 31st Avenue and U.S. 49.
Hattiesburg "Midtown," according to Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, will be a "fully functional, mixed use community." It will include housing as well as retail, entertainment, and dining establishments. "It could really be a game changer for the community."
Full completion of the vision for Midtown could take up to 20 years but there are plans to have about 250 workforce apartments within the next five.
Midtown is now being marketed to developers across the nation. Because Hattiesburg is growing at a rate double the national average and three times the rate in Mississippi, now is the time for developers to get on board.