GAUTIER, Miss. (WLOX) – The Town of Gautier is now officially the owner of the former property of the Singing River Mall. This means that ambitious development plans for a city center that have been drawn up for years can now move forward.

Gautier was able to purchase the 55-acre property with the help of $ 3.5 million from the RESTORE Act funding and $ 1.5 million from the State Legislature Bonds Act. The total purchase price was $ 5 million.

“The redevelopment of this premier property in the United States with a 90’s facade will change the character of the city and give it a unique downtown feel,” said Mayor Casey Vaughan.

“We envision a downtown area where citizens and visitors alike dine, shop, and do business on this property, then have a great afternoon playing pickleball at Town Commons Park or attending a concert at the open-air amphitheater during the weekend, ”he said. “We want a space where you can do it all. “

The old mall was demolished in February 2014, but development was stifled for years due to its large size and a changing retail environment. City leaders say the developers realized they couldn’t carry an expensive ticket on such a large property, given that the property is likely to be developed in phases.

“This purchase has been a long time coming, and we look forward to making this property a mixed-use development that will serve our citizens and visitors,” said City Manager Paula Yancey.

“We plan to build a Mississippi Songwriters Performing Arts Center and transform this property into downtown Gautier to complement the new Town Commons Park, which will be located next to the site across Dolphin Road,” he said. she declared. “Town Commons Park is already under construction.”

In September, city leaders unveiled renderings of the downtown amphitheater, which will feature a large shade structure and a turf seating area that can accommodate 1,250 seats up front with standing spaces in one. common grass area at the back.

“The developer put a lot of weight on the design, the elements that we included,” said Yancey. “We really relied on it because we wanted to make sure that when we built it, we built it for national acts.”

A consultant who helped design similar venues was also hired to further ensure the success of the amphitheater design.

The new Gautier amphitheater was designed to host major national shows.(Allred Stolarski Architects)
Construction of the new Gautier amphitheater should start in early 2022.
Construction of the new Gautier amphitheater should start in early 2022.(Allred Stolarski Architects)

The park will also have a concession area for several food trucks, as well as a large movie screen for community movie nights. In addition, the main entrance to the park was designed to create a “gateway” to Gautier, welcoming the inhabitants of the city.

The amphitheater is in the schematic design phase and plans to open offers to contractors this fall with the hope of starting construction in early 2022. The current construction estimate is expected to be between 2.5 and 3, $ 5 million.

Watch the videos below for full renderings of the Town Commons Amphitheater and Songwriters Performing Arts Center:

The Mayor and City Council would like to thank the City Manager, the law firms Butler Snow and Bordis and Danos, State Representative John Read, the Coastal Delegation, the Brumfield family and city staff “for their support and hard work that helped make this special day a reality, ”said Vaughan.

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