Hyatt Place Hotel planned for beach in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A developer wants to build a new hotel on the beach in Biloxi. Wednesday morning, the city's development review committee heard plans for a proposed Hyatt Place hotel.

It's the success of another hotel that sparked this latest development. The site for the new hotel is just west of the Hampton Inn site. That's where developer Sonny Bhakta wants to build a 112 room, six-story Hyatt Place hotel.

The project engineer presented plans and drawings to the city's development review committee which considers such details as elevation, fire protection and utilities.

"There's an existing sewer line that runs right there. So, we're re-routing it, catching it right here and re-routing it," explained Project Engineer, Gerrod Kilpatrick.

The developer is the same man who built the Hampton Inn. In fact, that property's success prompted the plans for the new Hyatt next door.

"He's at capacity on most busy weekends at the Hampton and looking for more rooms. He's anxious to move forward with this project, and I think it's a good project for the City of Biloxi," said Kilpatrick.

Proposed signage is one detail the committee considers, along with exterior lighting.

"The only thing we don't want to see is the projection out into the parking lot that goes toward the highway," said committee member, Ed Shambra.

"They do have a lot of trees on the property that they're going to have to work around and ask for a removal for, but it should be a good project," said DRC Chairman, Eric Nolan.

The proposed hotel is certainly good news for the hospitality industry in Biloxi. Keep in mind, this is just the latest hotel project. The Hard Rock opened its new tower earlier this year and renovations continue on the White House, which should open later this summer. Now a proposed six-story Hyatt Place is in the works.

Next up is the planning commission, which will consider height and density variances.

"It's a good project for the city and for economic development along the coast," said Kilpatrick.

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