The landscape of the Stennis Technology Park just north of Interstate 10 and south of Kiln is looking more like it did pre-Katrina, but this time the initial building is one floor larger and two feet higher in elevation. Developer Rodney Pilot of Mobile, AL wasted no time bringing the construction level of the office park’s first building back to what it was before Hurricane Katrina leveled it.  Developers also plan to begin construction on the residential portion of the community on the south side of the Interstate.

Interest in the Stennis Technology Park was promising prior to the storm. But displaced companies and visionaries have so enthusiastically inquired about space that Pilot decided to add one floor and increase floor space of the first building to 30,000 square feet.  Two prospective tenants have inquired about renting all available space in Building One.

This piqued interest has lead the developer to commit to building two additional buildings. Robbie Maxwell of Maxwell and Associates, a consultant for the developer, said they have had interest from as far away as Houston and Dallas.

The Stennis Technology Park was conceived to serve as home for mature, high-tech companies, as well as for Stennis Business Incubator graduates.  However, the final vision for the technology park includes opportunities for companies and individuals to lease or buy land for further development and expansion, including residential areas, a pedestrian mall and retail shops. Developers eventually see the 1,700 acres as a live/work/play community designed around the New Urbanism concept, complete with walking access underneath Interstate 10.

The Technology Park’s development is spearheaded by a group of local investors, Hancock County Development LLC. The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) at Stennis Space Center has worked with the developers for several years to plan a park that could accommodate the rapid growth of technology companies associated with Stennis Space Center.

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