Poplarville leaders working to revitalize downtown area

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 27, 2018

The city of Poplarville is working to revitalize its downtown to attract more members of the community to shop locally.

Mayor Rossie Creel said that when it’s complete, City Square Park will serve as the city’s center point and bolster the local economy.

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Other efforts include the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce holding events such as Movies on Main and Trash to Treasure, which are successful in bringing foot traffic to downtown and profits to local business owners.

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors is also planning construction of a county courthouse annex, a move that will change the face of downtown and encourage more people to visit, he said.

A paving project targeted at the downtown area is also planned.

“We are doing everything we can to revitalize the downtown area,” he said.

Over the years, Creel said the city has seen an increase in businesses and community activity in the city’s downtown.

That increase has led to a lack of even one vacant retail space in the heart of the city, indicating growth and community support, he said.

Creel said the Board of Aldermen is looking into the possibility of adding a stage for performing arts at City Square Park along with other additions that could attract more people to the city.

“We want citizens to have as many amenities and we want to keep the city’s integrity intact,” he said.