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Biloxi construction projects taking shape

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Two very large municipal projects are taking shape in downtown Biloxi. The lighthouse visitor's center on Highway 90 and the library-civic center complex on Howard Avenue represent nearly $40 million in new construction. The new library-civic center complex is nearly a city block long and almost as wide.

"About 70,000 square feet. It's the largest municipal building ever built in the City of Biloxi. We're looking forward to that facility. I think it's going to be a huge, beautiful building," said Mayor A.J. Holloway.

The new library will be around 20,000 square feet, about the same size as the old downtown library, but with a more efficient design that will require half the employees of the former facility.  

Mayor Holloway describes the new civic center as an "East Biloxi Coliseum." It will likely reclaim some carnival ball business.

"Actually, some of the business from the Coliseum on the carnival organizations that was too big for the community center, but also too small for the convention center. So, we're kind of looking for that kind of business," said the mayor.

Across from the lighthouse, the new Biloxi visitor's center is quickly taking shape. Its antebellum design is reminiscent of a previous landmark.

"It's designed to look like the Dantzler House that was there. And there again, we think this is going to be a real hit in the city. We'll have some exhibits there that will go from the beginning of Biloxi to the period we're in right now. You'll see all the history of Biloxi. There will be a theater to seat about 25 people," Mayor Holloway said.

Both projects are being constructed as storm-resistant as possible with plenty of concrete and steel. And even though it's close to the water, the lighthouse visitor's center is being built at an elevation of 22 feet.

"These projects are going to be very, very strong. They're going to be here for many, many years." 

Both projects are scheduled to be finished next year.

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