Hotel and apartments planned for Biloxi beachfront

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi land owner who once proposed building an amusement park on his property, is now planning a hotel and apartment project.

Anthony Lee wants to build the development on six acres of land where the old Breakers Inn was located before Katrina.

His latest plan was considered Wednesday morning by the city's development review committee.

"One hundred three rooms on the hotel and 116 apartment units," said civil engineer Aaron Harris, as committee members reviewed plans.

Property owner Anthony Lee and his project engineer presented preliminary plans to the DRC.

A six story hotel and four story apartment buildings would be built on a six acre beachfront site between Grandview Drive and Edgewater Park.

"This latest proposal is more in line with what used to be there before, which was the Breakers condos," said DRC chairman, Eric Nolan.

Project plans include a separate coffee shop and first floor restaurant in the hotel, both open to the public.

"And then we're proposing a rooftop restaurant that would also be open to the public," said Harris.

Lee had earlier proposed a hotel and amusement park on the property, but neighbors strongly objected to the amusement park and that plan never moved forward.

The project engineer says, this time, they're working very closely with neighbors on considerations such as buffering and fencing.

"Working with neighbors on a daily basis to remedy or address and remedy their concerns. We are," said Harris.

"They want a literal wall along the entire west boundary," the engineer told the committee, "And we've discussed and agreed to eight foot."

A re-zoning of parcels is needed for the project to move forward, including commercial zoning on the south side for the hotel, restaurants and coffee shop.

If things go as planned, construction could begin by year's end.

"Optimistically, we'd start before the end of the year. Late Fall. Potentially with it being the beginning of 2014 depending on how the final design process goes," said Harris.

The project is expected to go before the planning commission in early August.

The project plan includes seven structures in all: Four apartment buildings, the hotel, the coffee shop and a clubhouse.

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