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Site Chosen for New USM Gulf Park Campus
by Keith Burton   Filed 4/18/07

It appears the temptation to keep USM Gulf Park somewhat near Long Beach near the existing campus outweighed  any other consideration for a new campus for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. The members of the state's Institution of Higher Learning,  selected a site in west Harrison County near the corners of Landon and County Farm roads west of U.S. 49 and north of Interstate 10.

The IHL made its selection today rejecting offers from Gulfport and  a site near the Tradition's development in central Harrison County. All of the sites under consideration would have been donated to the state for the campus, although Gulfport would have had to borrow $10 million for its site to give up to the state.

The site chosen is accessible from I-10 at the County Farm Road interchange and from Landon Road. But it is clearly a location that will add miles of travel for students who live in central  and east Harrison County. The site also does not currently have a water and sewer infrastructure that would be needed for the project.

It is clear that the location, and the infrastructure, such as better lighting, water and sewer and improved roads, will enhance adjacent properties once the campus is built, a benefit to property holders nearby.

The IHL's choice is property that is owned by Gulf South Technology Center LLC. Gulf South Technology Center LLC is owned by Hancock Bank. WLOX reports that the college would be built on 200 acres of an 18 hundred acre track that is owned by Hancock Bank and W.C. Fore.

GCN has determined that Gulf South Technology LLC was only incorporated last July, according to papers on file at the Secretary of State office.

The university will keep the existing campus on the beach in Long Beach, which was heavily damaged by Katrina. The current site is still undergoing repairs and most of the campus is closed to use.

Related Information

For more information on the proposals considered by the IHC, Click Here

Link to Google Map of the area - Click Here

Gulf South Technology Center LLC filing....pdf file

Sun Herald Story on IHL Decision


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