BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The vacant Seashore Oaks will soon reopen its doors to more than 200 senior citizens.
Tuesday, the Biloxi Housing Authority announced it will buy the property thanks to a Mississippi Development Authority grant worth more than $21.5 million.
Before Hurricane Katrina, the site was the United Methodist Retirement Home. After the storm, a developer tried to market the 231 units as Seashore Oaks condos.
"So, we think it will be an ideal place for seniors to live," Biloxi Housing Authority Executive Director Bobby Hensley said. "We will have 82 units here that will be low income assisted living facilities. The insides are pretty well complete. Now, we do have to do a little work on the assisted living portion to make it, well for communication and so forth in that area."
Hensley said people who make less than 80 percent of the area's median income will qualify to live in that building.
"Then 80 units will be straight public housing. And then to make it a real mixed income community, one building will be strictly for people who are in the 80 to 120 percent income range."
Hensley said the property will do more than just fill a housing need.
"There's all kinds of amenities here for the elderly. There's a pool. There will be cafeteria facilities. We will be providing transportation for certain activities."
Hensley said you can expect to see the first part of Seashore Oaks open in April 2011. Anyone interested in living in Seashore Oaks must be at least 62 years old. If you want more information about the senior village, call the Biloxi Housing Authority at (228) 374-7772.