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Council Member Plans to Revitalize Ward 2

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A new development project called Twin Forks Rising could soon give a face lift to parts of Downtown Hattiesburg. The estimated 50 million dollar project is headed by Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado.  Twin Forks Rising is a revitalization plan to bring that area of Hattiesburg up to par with the rest.  Currently Delgado and officials are in the final planning phase. 

The councilwoman says most of Ward 2 is low income and in need of new road paving, housing and business improvements. "We are in serious need of infrastructure upgrades, streets, drainage those kinds of things are needed in our area to promote development," says Delgado.

Councilwoman Delgado has worked on the Twin Forks Rising plan for more than five years. She hopes to present the final plan to the Hattiesburg City Council in July.

"The city administration has been hesitant about using funds, using hub funds to build new housing there, so we had to come up with a way to get it done no matter what." When asked how much the city would pay for the project Delgado says that's being left up to her, "Well the thing is, that it looks like I'm going to have to find those resources to get it done and I'm up to it."

Aside from funding issues, ward two is in a flood zone another challenge Delgado and the consulting firm Thompson Engineering are working through. "We're going to have to work with FEMA and the Corp of Engineers to make sure we get these things done."

Ward 2 starts on Highway 49 north and curves through Harrisburg towards Edwards Street and it's obvious this part of the city could use some work.

"It's a long-term plan to revitalize this community and it's going to take time but I think we are going to stay committed and do a little bit on it every year."

Residents can see the full Twin Forks Plan and ask officials questions about the project at the town hall meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Hattiesburg's Train Depot or follow this link to see: https://thompsonengineering.box.com/s/ncfmbm42ii7duxtqnpzo

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