Laurel senior housing complex to get major makeover

Laurel senior housing complex to get major makeover

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A decades-old, Laurel housing complex for senior citizens is about to get a major makeover.

Tuesday night, the Laurel City Council signed off on a $3.2 million project by a private firm to rehabilitate the 40-year-old Cooks Avenue Apartments on Sorrell Drive.

The developer is using tax credits for the project and the city was required to approve it.

"We just agreed to have a public hearing and we agreed to say the project was needed," said Johnny Magee, mayor of Laurel. "And it has nothing to do with the city's indebtedness or anything, it's just a way to get the project done and the city's blessing."

The City Council Tuesday also chose the bank that will finance construction of new softball fields at the Sportsplex.  The First Bank will put up about half of the $4.4 million project.

The rest will be paid from the city's one-cent tourism tax.