Interior demolition underway on old Santa Maria del Mar tower - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Interior demolition underway on old Santa Maria del Mar tower

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Interior demolition is underway on the old Santa Maria del Mar building located in downtown Biloxi. What's in store for the former Section 236 HUD elderly property? We spoke to the property management agency for the building to get some answers.

The old Santa Maria del Mar tower in downtown Biloxi was shutdown in 2005 due to damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina. Sun State's management president Craig Bounds says his agency, Sun States Management, manages the property. Right now crews are working to get it ready to be put on the market.

"They're removing old carpet, dry wall, cabinets, appliances, just basically stripping it down to the studs. We're trying to get it cleaned out. Get the building safe to where people could actually go up in it and look at it. Without it being a danger to them," said Bounds.

He says city leaders requested the building be cleaned out. But cleaning out this 13 story building is no easy task.

"The work gets a little harder as you go up in the stories because everything has to be done manually. There are no elevators in the building any longer," Bounds said.

Once this building is cleared out, a for sale sign will go up.

"I think it's suitable for a number of uses, a resort hotel, really just use your imagination. It could be pretty much anything," said Bounds.

Whatever the future holds for this tower Bounds is hopeful new life will be brought back into it.

Catholic Charities Housing Association of Biloxi owns the building and Catholic Diocese of Biloxi sponsors the building. The new Santa Maria del Mar building is located off Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi and opened last year.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Police release more details on Gulfport chase caught on tape

    Police release more details on Gulfport chase caught on tape

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:25:12 GMT
    (Photo source: Chuck Coats)(Photo source: Chuck Coats)

    We are learning more details about a police chase that led officers and deputies through Gulfport and Pass Christian on Monday morning.

    More >>

    We are learning more details about a police chase that led officers and deputies through Gulfport and Pass Christian on Monday morning.

    More >>
  • Capital murder trial underway in Jackson Co.

    Capital murder trial underway in Jackson Co.

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:08 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:08:41 GMT
    Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. (Photo source: WLOX)Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street.

    More >>

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street.

    More >>
  • Hole punch cloud seen over Gulfport

    Hole punch cloud seen over Gulfport

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:00 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:00:31 GMT
    A hole punch cloud was seen over the Mississippi Gulf Coast.A hole punch cloud was seen over the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
    A hole appeared in the clouds on Tuesday morning over the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This rare cloud phenomenon is known as a hole punch cloud. It has other names; sometimes this cloud formation is called a fallstreak hole, a punch hole cloud, or even a skypunch. 7-25-17 Hole in the clouds So, what caused the clouds to look like someone punched a hole in them? Airplanes are the culprit, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). An article published by N...More >>
    A hole appeared in the clouds on Tuesday morning over the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This rare cloud phenomenon is known as a hole punch cloud. It has other names; sometimes this cloud formation is called a fallstreak hole, a punch hole cloud, or even a skypunch. 7-25-17 Hole in the clouds So, what caused the clouds to look like someone punched a hole in them? Airplanes are the culprit, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). An article published by N...More >>
Powered by Frankly