Legacy Condominiums Celebrate Groundbreaking

Fourteen-story luxury condos will go up on the Alamo Plaza property, about a block from the Gulfport-Biloxi line. The Legacy Condominiums offer two and three bedroom units, granite countertops and high speed Internet access.

The Legacy is a joint project by the Mitchell Company of Mobile, and the Brumfield Family of the coast. The developers say it's the first of its kind on the Coast.

Paul Wesch is Vice President of the Mitchell Company. He said "It's really a natural next step after having created the gaming environment and brought the major casinos onto the Coast. Now we have the opportunity to turn the Coast into a destination for tourists, but in a family environment. It's a place where families can bring their families in for a week instead of just a couple of days in a hotel room".

Wesch says he's relieved the project will finally be built. It ran into controversy, because neighbors complained about the possible traffic, noise and extra people it would bring to the area. Developers also had to get a zoning change for part of the property, and get permits to remove eleven protected trees.

In the next few weeks, crews will begin demolishing part of the Alamo Plaza Motel and sales office. Construction starts shortly after. So far, 70 of the 103 units have been sold for the first tower. Both Legacy towers will cost about $80 million. The condos will complement the Legacy Oaks Apartments, located in the back of the property.