Design work underway, in the works for city facilities

The city now has design and engineering work underway on three city buildings, and design contracts in the works on six others.

Architects have been hired for repairs to the storm-damaged Old Brick House (Albert & Associates of Hattiesburg), East End Fire Station (Williams & Associates of Biloxi) and Back Bay Fire Station (Walter T. Bolton Associates of Biloxi).

The city has design contracts in the works for repairs to the Magnolia Hotel, the Port Division administration building, the Biloxi Lighthouse, City Hall and the City Hall Annex. A contract also is in the works for design of a new Visitors Center to be situated north of the Biloxi Lighthouse.

Refurbishment, meantime, is continuing on the storm-ravaged Biloxi Community Center on Howard Avenue. The city hopes the new-and-improved facility will re-open in December. Contractor on the $2.3 million job is Starks Contracting of Biloxi. Design firm is Guild Hardy Architects, also of Biloxi.

The city is seeking FEMA and MEMA reimbursement for the majority of the costs involved in the projects.

News and notes

Isle in style: Mayor A.J. Holloway joined other state and regional leaders in lauding the Isle of Capri on the occasion of its 15th anniversary Wednesday evening, which also marked a decade and a half of legalized casino gambling in Biloxi. To read the mayor’s remarks, click here.

Traffic advisories: Motorists on Forest Avenue should be aware of a new three-way stop at the Forest Avenue and Division Street. The city’s Public Works Department is also advising motorists that the storm-damaged traffic signals at Old Highway 67 and Cedar Lake Road, which were recently in the flashing mode, are scheduled to be fully operational today. For the latest updated on road-construction work, see the Traffic Update by clicking here.