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Moss Point orders the removal of Katrina cottages

Moss Point aldermen have ordered the removal of 100 Katrina cottages by the end of March unless they are brought up to the city’s existing building and zoning requirements.

The aldermen have asked the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to send out letters to affected residents, informing them that the cottages will be removed by March 31.

The board also voted Tuesday to allow residents to keep their cottages if they meet existing ordinances and match the overall decor of their neighborhood.

After Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi used a $281 million federal grant to build hundreds of cottages with up to three bedrooms and 840 square feet of space. The cottages are designed to move families displaced by Katrina into more substantial housing.