AHRC meeting postponed until April 14

The Architectural and Historic Review Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday has been pushed back to April 14 to allow architects time to tweak plans for two beachfront hotels.

In fact, says Community Development Director Jerry Creel, architects are working to incorporate additional historic features into the designs. The proposals, which would be on Beach Boulevard west of White Avenue, have been OK’d by the Planning Commission

The revised presentations are scheduled to be presented on Thursday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium at the Community Development Department, MLK Boulevard.

Background on the project:

“Two hotels are being proposed, with a total of 148 rooms,” Creel said. “The one nearest Beach Boulevard will have 40 rooms, and the Extended Stay Residence Inn by Marriott, located near the center of the property, will have 108 rooms. The designs of the structures are currently going through the AHRC, and the architects are revising the designs to add more historic features to the structures.

“The public hearing before the Planning Commission last week concerned the USE of the property, and the Tree Hearing. The proposed locations of the hotels on the site will save 56 of the existing  65 trees, and the plan has been approved by the Biloxi Tree Committee. The case was presented as a PD-HB, Planned Development-Hospitality Business Overlay District. After a lengthy hearing and input from the adjacent neighborhood, the Planning Commission voted 10-2 to approve the application. The recommendation will now go before the City Council for final consideration on April 19 at 1:30 p.m.”

Breakfast fare: Bridges, boardwalks and more

The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce held its first Breakfast With the Mayor of 2022 at Merit Health Biloxi this morning, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich covered a range of topics in his 30 minutes of off-the-cuff remarks: The Popp’s Ferry bridge and the big picture, the new Keesler gate, downtown development, and more.
Video: See the presentation
Gallery: See the gathering

News & notes: Council preview, Sparkling park

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council meets tonight at 6 at Biloxi City Hall. To watch the meeting as it happens this evening, click the LIVE button on the top right of the city’s website, biloxi.ms.us. To see the meeting agenda and supporting documents now, click here.

Sparkling Ice: There’s a neighborhood playground in West Biloxi that sparkles. It’s the new-and-improved St. Mary’s Park on Wiltshire Boulevard, and it was dedicated Saturday, thanks to Sparkling Ice. To see images from the affair, which included a proclamation from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, a food truck, a disk jockey, new playground equipment, and giveaways, click here.