Development report: Casinos, fireworks stands and more

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, the city council heard the appeal arguments for the closing of the northern end of Fayard and Anglada Streets. IP Casino Resort had filed an application for the vacation of these streets in order to construct a permanent parking lot. The city council voted to remand the issue back to the planning commission for further review and recommendations. The city council also conducted the first reading of the applications filed by Treasure Bay Casino Resort for a change to their Master Plan, and for zoning change approval for a newly acquired property on the west side to construct an additional parking lot.

In other news, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted yesterday to recommend conditional use approval for the first two fireworks stands for the 2014 Christmas Holiday Season. One will be located at the corner of Popp’s Ferry and Cedar Lake Roads. The other will be located north of I-10 on Parker’s Creek Road. The recommendations will now go to the city council for final consideration. If approved the stands would be allowed to open December 15-January 2. The planning commission also voted to recommend approval of an application for conditional use for short term rental for a townhome located at 133 Reynoir Street. This action will also require city council approval.

On Wednesday, the Development Review Committee reviewed an application and site plan for a six story, 114 room Hyatt Hotel to be located at 1152 Beach Boulevard. Site plans were also reviewed for a new retail center to be located on Popp’s Ferry Road.