D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - From the tone of Monday night's planning commission meeting, it seems the Can-Can is a win-win for D'Iberville. The development would sit between Biloxi Bay and extend north to around Rodriguez Street.
The city's planning commission on Monday granted the variances needed to get the project going. Overall, it was well-received among those who attended the meeting. Supporters of the project pointed to the economic opportunities and jobs the development would bring to the area.
The development is called French Village USA. Developers say about 2,000 jobs would be created by way of the project.
The French Village includes the Can-Can Casino Resort and Spa, a boutique hotel and a themed village square area. The square will offer stores, restaurants and entertainment among other things. The idea, developers say, is to bring tourists to the French countryside, a tie-in to the city's French culture.
Though the project was well-received, a handful of residents did raise some concerns. The major issue was access to roads for businesses, homes and public safety vehicles during construction.
Developers and city officials addressed that concern saying no one would ever be deprived access to their property. Developers also said it would impede the project's progress to shut down roads, because access is needed to and from the construction site. Both admitted, however, there would be some inconvenience to businesses and home owners near the site.
The project, if approved by the city council, will take about 16 months to complete.
The city council will meet Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to vote on the commission's recommendation to approve the project.