BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Plans are underway to revitalize a large Biloxi building that has been vacant for years by turning it into a hotel. The planning commission approved a zoning change for the former Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.
The hospital closed near the end of 2007. Biloxi officials say a developer plans to convert the property into a 139 room hotel.
Dr. Brian Tsang is a part of the group of developers working on the project. He says when he moved to the Coast to practice medicine, his first office was in the hospital, so he has an emotional attachment to the property and wants to see it put to good use.
He says along with a hotel, the plans also include a conference room, an arcade, a restaurant and a swimming pool.
"I think the City of Biloxi has done a wonderful job of doing different kinds of festivals to attract the tourists and often times during those times, we had friends who had problems finding a hotel room. I think it would meet the need for the city to attract even more tourists to enhance our economies," said Tsang.
The Biloxi Planning Commission also recently approved a zoning change on Highway 90 at Hopkins Boulevard for another hotel project. City officials say developers want to build a LaQuinta Inn and Suites Hotel on the property.
Both zoning changes must win city council approval.