While passersby may observe some construction going on at the proposed site of Harbor Walk, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) Executive Director John Sigman said no buildings are going up just yet.
“Harbor Walk has initiated some construction,” Sigman said. “Shortly, they will begin work on the west side of Main Harbor where that rusty pile is. They’re going to go ahead and complete that and fill in behind it and grate it and make it what it was supposed to be to begin with.”
Sigman said the result will be a bulkhead.
“They’re going to start that next month. I haven’t heard anything more about buildings, condos or hotels or anything in a while,” Sigman said.
Before any additional construction can take place, Sigman said all site plans and renderings will be required to go before the PRVWSD board for approval.
The original plans for Harbor Walk, presented in 2005, were for a multimillion-dollar mixed-use development. The multi-phase project was to include a luxury hotel, condominiums, office space, retail and restaurants.
Sigman said the property is comprised of the main harbor and the surrounding pieces of property, which totals to “several hundred acres.”
Back in September, Michael Stuart with Main Harbor Development told the Sun that the development has shifted to a more residential focus and updating the marina is a top priority.
The timeline for the project is still uncertain, but Sigman said in September that he looks forward to the project gaining momentum this spring.
The lease for the proposed Harbor Walk site, including all of Main Harbor and a number of surrounding properties, totals approximately $620,000 a year.
“And they’ve never been late,” Sigman said of the payments.
Like all other leases, that $620,000 goes into the PRVWSD fund for the upkeep of the lake and all maintenance activities.
“Everything that we do comes out of that fund,” he said.