Community Development Department

 

Project Status Report for May 2013
Project Status Report upcoming in June 2013
Project Status Report upcoming in July 2013
Project Status Report upcoming in August 2013
Project Status Report upcoming in March 2014

 

 

First Floor of City Hall located at 688 Hwy 90, Bay St. Louis, MS  39520
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday


 

Harold “Buz” Olsen, Director

Phone: (228) 466-9000
Fax:  (228) 466-5495
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The primary focus of Bay St. Louis’ Community Development Division is the completion of major recovery projects that are coming out of the ground in new public buildings, new sidewalks and street lighting.  The Bay has never seen such a public building boom since the 1920’s when many of the city’s historic buildings were constructed. Our Lady of the Gulf Church, the historic train depot, and the main building of what was once Second Street Elementary, are all buildings which are fast approaching their century of service to our citizens.

Add the historic county courthouse, the 1905 City Hall, private homes and other institutions, the new public buildings of the 21st century will add to the character and stability Bay St. Louis is today.  In balance with the new buildings, both public and private, the Community Development Division's second focus is business development and recruitment.

A retail analysis recently completed by the Retail Coach found as part of this site’s directory presents the true picture of what the community has as financial assets and the leakage of sales tax dollars.  It presents the opportunity for entrepreneurial investment to complete the recovery of the Bay.

Not for lack of effort on the part of the administration, its staff, and our Chamber of Commerce, Bay St. Louis still seeks an investor for a full-service grocery store for its citizens.  The places and spaces are here for development, the customers are already in line, but the state of the national economy has stymied all efforts to date, however the daily effort continues to locate that perfect fit for our community.

Tourism and its supporting businesses have always been the primary source of income for Bay St. Louis.  Active partnership and financial support to the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau keeps this segment of our economy solid.  A global economy and technology advances are challenges to the traditional family-owned and operated businesses of the Bay, but yet these businesses continue to thrive through force of personality, personal customer service and customer loyalty.

A new municipal harbor and pier are our investments in the future inaugurating a project that encourages economic redevelopment in Old Town, additional recreational opportunities for our residents and visitors, and a focal point of community for the city.   This harbor and pier bring Bay Saint Louis full circle to its past where in almost the same planned space the wharf of John Toulme reached out into the Bay to welcome the Louisiana steam packets bringing visitors and goods to the city more than a century ago.  Making the full circle is the goal of community development.