More downtown living in the offing

Work is underway at the former Wells Fargo location downtown to transform the two-story building at Reynoir and Howard into residential units, The Bella. To date, the city has issued only a demolition permit, which allows developers to begin refurbishment.

The work is one of the segments covered in this week’s A to Z video. Also included in the 10-minute report: previews of a host of weekend events, a finale in East Biloxi, and sushi on the run at the Popp’s Ferry causeway park.

The downtown rehab underway at the Wells Fargo location is similar to work at the Barq Building and the former Josette’s site, now rebranded Howard Square. Details of all three undertakings, developers say, are forthcoming. The interest arrives in the wake of the opening of other developments on Howard, the new Ground Zero Blues Club Biloxi and Community Bank’s new downtown presence. Giddy up.
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News & notes: Sparkle, council, tuna, the ‘audit’

You’re invited: You’ll find free food, a disc jockey and plenty of new playground equipment and amenities when Sparkling Ice unveils the new St. Mary’s Park. The free event takes place Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Mary’s is at 1651 Wiltshire, in the Hollywood section of West Biloxi.

City Council: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. Yes, a night meeting. Restaurateur Mickey McElroy is scheduled to address the council regarding the McElroy’s Harbor House lease with the city. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Marching Mayors: The March of the Mayors donation campaign is underway now through March 30. Biloxi is accepting cans of tuna. Donations boxes are at Biloxi City Hall, Biloxi Visitors Center, Donal Snyder Center, Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, and at all Biloxi fire stations. The cans of tuna benefit local food pantries. To see the flyer, click here.

The audit: The Biloxi Public Affairs specialist has picked up fans for Biloxi from around the world after a gracious encounter with a First Amendment advocate who “audited” Biloxi City Hall the other day. To see the unedited video encounter and the worldwide response, click here.