McComb wins $100,000 makeover for Depot District | Community Spirit
MCCOMB, MS (WLBT ) - The City of McComb has won $100,000 to revitalize its downtown Depot District.
McComb city leaders submitted a proposal in Entergy's 2012 Mississippi Makeover grant competition, according to Entergy Mississippi.
The city will match the grant with at least $25,000 in cash and $25,000 of in-kind support.
Through the project, McComb will develop the Ironwood Greenway to connect disparate parts of the city.
The rail yard boundaries and public lands along the approaches to the McComb Debot will be cleared, cleaned and landscaped.
The project will also include:
- Lighting the historical coal chute
- Creating a green screen with Leland cypress
- Restoring period light fixtures
- Providing seating at an observation point and
- Erecting historical markers
“Amtrak trains transport 7,000 passengers twice a day on the Chicago-New Orleans route, and Canadian National operates daily freight services,” said Mayor Whitney Rawlings, who led the team of community leaders that developed the proposal. “By reclaiming our historic center, we’ll dramatically improve the first impression of rail travelers to our city. That will pay off in benefits to our city as tourism increases and our industrial rail customers see us as a city on the move.”
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