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Biloxi City Hall renovations almost complete

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After months of waiting, Biloxi city employees will soon be back in city hall. Mayor A.J. Holloway says originally renovations were to be completed in August. The work has moved so quickly that he says employees should be moving back in by the end of the month. 

The marble floors, the chandeliers and almost everything in between is brand new at Biloxi City Hall. Then there's the hardwood floors, the mayor says are good as new.

"We've brought them back to the original state," he said. "We will put some carpet in here, but not carpet like we had before. It was carpet all around. I like the look of the hardwood floors."

Most of the work is cosmetic, like new paint and window panes, but not all. New wiring in the more than 100-year-old building should help employees get better use of modern technology.

"This is an old building," he said. "The electrical had been piece milled over the years for additional computers and things like that and we have more computers coming now. So we just felt like the whole building needed to be looked at and rewired."

Mayor Holloway says the improvements aren't just to benefit city employees. Visitors at council meetings will be able to follow along a little easier, thanks to a state-of-the-art sound system.

"A lot of the old system the recording, you couldn't understand what was being said. A lot of people get those for public records. So we'll replace it so it will be where people can read it and hear it and listen to it."

The mayor says he believes the public will see $900,000 well spent.

"I think everybody will feel a little better having to get back in here. I know the public will," he said. "Been having to go all over the city for meetings. So we'll get back in here and all the meetings will be here mostly."

The mayor says it had been more than 20 years since City Hall had any upgrades so it was more than overdue, especially because of Katrina damage.

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