A "mini convention center" is coming soon to East Biloxi . That's how Mayor A.J. Holloway describes the new community center on Howard Avenue that will replace the current one.
A recent land swap deal with the Salvation Army gives the charitable group land at Yankie Stadium for their $22 million recrational facility. In turn, the city gets the old Dukate Elementary School for a brand new, much larger community center.
Biloxi's mayor says their Community Center served its purpose well for 36 years. But the community has outgrown the aging building.
"Over the years, they've had carnival balls and weddings and receptions and all kind of activities there, and this is going to be larger than the community center that's there now," Mayor A.J. Holloway says.
The mayor says it will probably be comparable to the Snyder Center in size, but will not have a swimming pool or a gym. He says it will be better suited for performances and social events. He sent a letter out to many groups who use the present community center asking for their input before plans are drawn for the new one.
Just down the street from the site sits the new "Phong Khanh Vietnamese" Restaurant. We asked patron Susan Cain what she would suggest to the Mayor.
"I'd love to see a beautiful facility that all ages can use for functions whether it's weddings or Mardi Gras balls, things that reflect Biloxi. Biloxi's always been fun and the people deserve something," Cain said.
The restaurant's owner Linh Nguyen agrees.
"I would like to see activities for everybody, a place where people can rent for weddings, for parties, a big spot and safe for everyone. Nice, new and clean."
If you'd like to tell Mayor A.J. Holloway what you want in a new community center, click here for a form you may mail or email to the mayor.