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No. The city would only acquire certain property in the Urban Renewal Area for the following purposes:
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Urban renewal is the key to sustainable development. The purpose is to develop and redevelop various areas within the City. Urban Renewal projects are used to enhance economic development.
An urban renewal governing body is established (the Redevelopment Authority) and a plan is created to demonstrate how this tool can help improve the area. The goal of urban renewal is to support
economic development and community improvements by encouraging private development, and by financing public projects.
The city’s planner identified that the following conditions present barriers to the “growth of Ocean Springs and constitute an economic and social liability to the proposed renewal areas and the City as a whole.”
Under State statute, properties must be either considered blight or slum. Ocean Springs does not have very many properties that are considered blight or slum but like many coastal cities it does have properties that have blight influences, are underdeveloped, or the property is not at their best use and beneficial to the community.
Blight, among other things, can mean being underdeveloped, underperforming, dangerous, deteriorated, or underserved. A physical space or structure that is no longer in acceptable or beneficial condition to its community.
These entities can rehab, renovate, develop, and redevelop in accordance with the Urban Renewal Plan. The Urban Renewal Plan includes restrictions with respect to land uses, maximum densities, building requirements, off-street parking, and loading or unloading spaces.