- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The old Veteran Affairs property on U.S. Highway 90, now known as Centennial Plaza, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The developer marketing the property for the city of Gulfport announced the designation Thursday.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1fLnJMr ) the property has been a Mississippi Landmark since 2010.

The site originally was developed to celebrate Mississippi’s centennial in 1917, but World War I intervened. The city got the property, which had been a Veterans Administration medical center, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The National Register designation makes the district eligible for state tax credits and federal grants for historic preservation. The property includes 10 buildings and a warehouse.

Although the buildings are vacant, the city uses the waterfront area shaded by Live oaks for public events.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com