Known for decades as D.I.P. or “the Parkway,” many now call it “The Peninsula”. Why? Where is this Peninsula? What is it like as a place to shop and live?
It’s called a peninsula because it is. This five‐mile stretch of Dauphin Island Parkway south of I-10 before the Dog River bridge is indeed a land mass surrounded on three sides by water – Dog River on the west and south and Mobile Bay to the east. It is the City of Mobile’s only coastal community.
What is this unique community like? Read on.
Once exiting south off I‐10 at Exit 22, you enter a quieter, more relaxing part of the Port City . First, on the right, you pass the future site of our Peninsula Visitor Information Center ( just before the Waffle House ) – planned for a 2021. The Center will offer an educational kiosk informing visitors of the recreational, shopping and services available just ahead.
Continuing south down the corridor, you’ll drive through our business districts containing grocery and drug stores, automotive services, banks, schools, and several unusual and fun places to get a snack or lunch. Although there are a number of businesses operating at this time, our Business Development Committee is working on attracting both more businesses in general and different types specifically. We see great potential for small businesses selling goods and services that will reflect the low impact, coastal living lifestyle.
Approaching the end of the corridor, you’ll pass miles of marshland that surround one of Mobile’s clean urban streams –- Perch Creek- and you’ll even see “the Perch Creek Fishing Hole”. Nearby is the Perch Creek Bridge which is scheduled to be raised by ALDOT , thus giving kayaks and canoes easier access to the Creek and the River.
On the southern horizon, you’ll see the rise of the Dog River Bridge built high enough to allow shrimp boats and tall masted sailboats to enter Mobile Bay from the City’s urban river.
The residential areas range from “starter” homes, to mid-price neighborhoods, to water- front homes with values up to a million plus. This variation gives the businesses access to a substantial employee pool plus a loyal customer base who enjoy the connection with local stores; of course, those upper price households give access to a sizable group of people with disposable income.
Businesses use different criteria as they search for a new location – such as demographics, accessibility, community interest, target customers, fair pricing in purchase or leasing, and competition . You are invited to consider the Peninsula in searching for a new market. It’s likely that you’ll find encouraging facts, not the least of which will be lack of competition and strong community interest in welcoming new services for its citizens.
Come on down –- Life – and Business – is good on The Peninsula!
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Come on down –- Life is good on The Peninsula!