Federal and State Funded Projects

Background

In 2005 the City of D’Iberville was emerging from the fledgling, new incorporation to a professional, ever-growing city. City officials were beginning to plan for a better D’Iberville when the worst natural disaster ever to strike the United States struck a devastating blow to the small town on August 29, 2005.

That October, Governor Haley Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal brought planners and architects from around the country to the Gulf Coast for a charrette, an intense, creative, brainstorming and planning session designed to give Gulf Coast residents and leaders a vision of recovery. The goal of the charrette was to provide a vision for how Gulf Coast cities could not only recover and rebuild, but use the opportunity to build back smarter and better, using the theories and practices of Smart Code and New Urbanism.

The City of D’Iberville remains one of the few cities on the Coast that has remained committed to bringing the ideas of the charrette to fruition. Between October  2005 and June 2006, the city held its own version of charrettes and public Town Hall meetings with the hopes of  presenting the vision for regrowth to it’s citizens. That vision can be seen in the adopted 2006 Citizens Master Plan.  Citizens’ Master Plan for D’Iberville (June 2006)[pdf]

The Citizen’s Master Plan concentrates on the southern section of the city known as “Old Town” by many long-term residents. Taken in conjunction with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and goals for economic development, a vision for growth is produced focusing on two, major regions:

  1. Northern Retail Region, Interstate District
  2. Southern Waterfront Back Bay Region, Downtown District

The Northern Retail Region has now been developed into the shopping Mecca of the Coast. This region includes Lakeview Village Shopping Center with its recent expansions and the newly built Promenade Shopping Center.

The plan for a working Waterfront includes a functioning Marina and the ever-present hope of a major casino development. It also includes the re-development of  “Old Town” which lies within the Downtown District of D’Iberville. The idea is to develop a French-Market destination with mixed-use developments and tourist attractions. The newly constructed Town Green Visitor’s Center and Waterfront Overlook are vital components in the redevelopment of Downtown D’Iberville.

The City of D’Iberville is committed to its vision of a positive future and quality of community. With thoughtful, careful growth and development, D’Iberville will not only be represented as a bedroom community – but as a Coastal Destination.

Current Federal and State Funded Projects

  • Transportation

     

    Transportation is the key element that ties D’Iberville to the remainder of the world; however, transportation encompasses more than streets and automobiles.  Pedestrians and bicyclists are also an important consideration given the efforts of the City to promote a new urbanism form of development.

     

    D’Iberville Road_Street Classifications 2003

     

     

    The City is working to build capacity and reduce congestion in the four quadrants of the 1-10 & 110 Corridors and has recommended modifications to the interstate system via a series of half diamonds, capacity and distributor roads and geometric improvements to enable access and reduce congestion on and off the interstate.  The US Department of Transportation has approved MDOT’s Interstate Access/Modification Request setting the stage for a wide range of local and state roadway improvements over the next ten years.

     

     


  • Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization

     

    Post Katrina – Economic Development June 2010

     

    A primary component of the economic development strategy plan is to create a new town center in concert with the reconstruction of Central Avenue to serve as a gateway to the historic downtown, waterfront and residential areas of old D’Iberville.  A proposed French Market Square is strategically located with frontage on Central Avenue and Rodriguez Street enabling the development of a town green, visitor’s center, mixed use retail, conference and meeting facilities, entertainment, food & beverage and other services complimentary to adjacent small businesses and a waterfront casino zone.

     

     

    Central Avenue Revitalization Project

    The Central Avenue Revitalization project was funded in part by the Mississippi Development Authority through the HUD Community Development Block Grant.  The 4.2 Million Dollar improvement project included:

    • Widening of Central Avenue Roadway to include a Center turning lane
    • Underground utility relocation
    • Improved water and sewer infrastructure
    • 5′ sidewalks on the East and West sides of Central Avenue
    • 5′ Greenspace with new decorative street lights
    • Park benches and trash recepticles

    Goals:

    • To improve overall aesthetics of the old town-downtown business district of D’Iberville
    • To create a look and atmosphere that supports the French Market concept detailed in the City’s Master Plan and post Katrina revitalization plans.

    Historic Town Green and Visitor’s Center

    The D’Iberville Historic Town Green and Visitor’s Center was funded in part by the Mississippi Development Authority through the HUD Community Development Block Grant.  The building consists of 2,500 sq ft of interior space with a 2,500 sq ft wrap-around covered porch.  The building will serve as a small visitor’s center and museum for the citizens and guests of our City.  The facility also serves as a rental facility for special events and city functions.

     

     

    D’Iberville Downtown Facade Grant Program

    The D’Iberville Downtown Façade Master Plan Grant Program was developed to encourage existing and future downtown property owners and long-term tenants to upgrade the facades of building’s facing public streets by making grants to property owners. The objective of this program is to improve the overall appearance of the D’Iberville Downtown Main Street District in an effort to make it more appealing to consumers and potential investors. Nationwide, other cities have used this grant program with proven success that has resulted in significantly increased business revenues, increased property values and renewed civic pride.

     

    The City of D’Iberville has received $500,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to improve the façades of buildings in the Downtown District of D’Iberville.

     

    The funding is in the form of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that must be administered in strict accord with the rules and regulations of the CDBG Program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  CDBG administration includes the procurement, bid solicitation process, contract award and actual construction of the general construction contract.

     

     The improvement of the façades of buildings in the Downtown District will be constructed in strict compliance with the current building and related codes of the City of D’Iberville and utilization of the proposed City of D’Iberville Smart Code design. The intent of the Downtown Façade Grant Program is to improve as many of the downtown business façades as the grant money allows which is anticipated to be approximately between 10 and 20 structures.

     

     

    “A CITY BREAKING OUT OF ITS SHELL,

    GROWING EVERY DAY WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS

    AND A PROGRESSIVE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE”

     

     


  • Waterfront Overlook Project

    The Waterfront Overlook project was funded through a Community Development Block Grant managed by D’Iberville’s economic development director, Jeff Taylor.  Approximately $800,000 was awarded to D’Iberville to construct the waterfront overlook pier.  Eley Guild Hardy was the firm responsible for the design and construction administration of the project.  Construction was completed by DNP contractors in early 2011.

  • Historic Town Green

    Historic Town Green and Visitor’s Center

    The D’Iberville Historic Town Green and Visitor’s Center was funded in part by the Mississippi Development Authority through the HUD Community Development Block Grant. The building consists of 2,500 sq ft of interior space with a 2,500 sq ft wrap-around covered porch. The building will serve as a small visitor’s center and museum for the citizens and guests of our City. The facility also serves as a rental facility for special events and city functions.



  • Community Complex

    The new 23,200 square foot facility was funded  in part by the Mississippi Development Authority through the HUD Community Development Block Grant.  The facility was designed by Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Firm and was constructed by Starks Construction Company.