New Plans

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Harbor Walk development still in works for Barnett Reservoir

Plans are still in the works for the 110-acres of reservoir property that has been the proposed site for the Harbor Walk development for more than 12 years.

However, those plans will be different than what was originally proposed to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board back in 2005.

According to PRVWSD office general manager John Sigman, the land was originally leased by George Bishop, a resident of Texas, who is the current leaseholder.

Bishop still intends to move forward with Harbor Walk, according to Sigman.

“The last plans presented to PRV was for one condominium building about four years ago,” Sigman said. “The last master plan was in 2005 or 2006, when the original master plan was filed.”

Harbor Walk was originally to be a multimillion-dollar mixed-use development. The multi-phase project was to include a luxury hotel, condominiums, office space, retail and restaurants.

The development is planned to be built on 110 acres of reservoir property in Ridgeland.

Michael Stuart, of JM Stuart and Partners, is working with Bishop to make Harbor Walk a reality. Stuart said the plans will be much different from the previous ones and will not include a hotel or retail components.

In previous reports, the centerpiece of the development was going to be Hotel Valencia, a four-star, 200-room boutique hotel. The hotel is no longer part of the development, Stuart said.

 

John Burwell, who died earlier this year, previously spearheaded the Harbor Walk development.

In 2004, Burwell told the Sun that construction on the development would be under way in the spring of 2005. Construction has yet to begin on any part of the development.

Stuart said the next step will be cleaning out a building on the property and making repairs there.

As for what all will be included in the development, that is still up in the air at this point.

“We are exploring alternatives,” Stuart said. “It will be a first-class development. Something that everyone can be proud of. We are exploring all options.”

Stuart said he does know that the development is shifting to a more residential focus and updating the marina will be a top priority as well.

“It is a true amenity, and we want to make it so that people can really enjoy it,” he said.

There is also the possibility of a restaurant being a part of the development.

Stuart said Harbor Walk is still very much in the planning stage, but that there is “positive momentum.”

“Mr. Bishop will have to submit new site plans in that he will make changes from the original master plan,” Sigman said. “Building plans will have to be submitted, approved and a building permits issued before construction can begin.”

Sigman added that supporting utility infrastructure, roadways and drainage will also have to be provided by the developer.