City of Gulfport is pleased to announce the Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Fishbone Alley in Downtown Gulfport
When: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Where: Fishbone Alley, between 26th & 27th Avenues
At the north end of Fishbone Alley, nearest 14th Street
The City of Gulfport will put the “shovel in the ground” at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Fishbone Alley, the Gulf Coast newest destination attraction.
Gulfbreeze Landscaping of Gautier submitted the lowest bid of $250,191 to build Fishbone Alley downtown.
The City Council voted to approve a contract with Gulfbreeze to transform the alley into a pedestrian walkway that will feature brick pavers from the downtown streets of 1905, overhead lighting, vertical landscaping and art.
Plans are to turn the alley into an attractive environment for pedestrians who are dining, shopping and seeing the sights downtown.
Fishbone Alley sits between historic buildings on 26th and 27th avenues. The courtyards of several restaurants and bars will open onto Fishbone Alley. A New Orleans developer also is building upscale apartments off the alley in a building on 27th Avenue.
The contract also will allow for cleanup of a service alley between 25th and 26th avenues, including pavement and improved drainage.
Once the work begins later next week, it will take about three months, said Dax Alexander of Brown, Mitchell & Alexander Inc., in Gulfport, the project engineers.
Fishbone Alley is the third piece to post-Katrina renovations and additions that have helped bring businesses and restaurants to a downtown that was languishing before the hurricane. Federal Community Development Block Grants have provided about $12.6 million for the work. The grants allowed the city to restore historic facades on downtown buildings, landscape, install irrigation, improve drainage, add lights and make other improvements downtown.
Gulfport Main Street Director