D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The City of D'Iberville's long awaited casino project is taking shape. The Scarlet Pearl is scheduled to open by New Year's Day, one year from now. Six months after the July ground breaking celebration, the new resort is rising quickly in D'Iberville.
"The flat portion about 18 feet off the ground is the podium level. There's parking underneath it. Rising up from the center of the podium is the hotel tower. It extends 18 stories," said project executive, Jason Taylor, with Roy Anderson Corp.
Taylor is pleased with the progress on this nearly $300 million development. In about a year from now, the City of D'Iberville hopes to attract plenty of visitors to the coast's newest casino resort.
"We have an 18 story hotel tower. The top 15 floors are the actual hotel, the lower three floors are the lobby, check in desk and such. Then we have a 200 thousand square foot podium level that's got gourmet restaurants, buffet, casino area, players club, VIP lounges, an event center," said Taylor.
Hundreds of construction workers will have a hand in the project. The work force averages about a hundred per day now, but that will soon grow to more than 400 construction workers.
One unique feature of this casino project will be built on a one acre site, just north of the main construction area. Three homes are being relocated to clear the way for the building of a world class miniature golf course.
"Thirty six holes. There's a 30 foot tall volcano with a 15 foot flame that erupts on a timer. It'll be a nice course," said Taylor.
Expect a grand opening of the Scarlet Pearl around New Year's Eve, one year from now. So far, construction is on schedule.
"All good things to report. We're very pleased with the construction thus far, with the group of sub contractors, our relationship with the owners and the design consultants. So, a great project," said Taylor.
There was a lot of work preparing the site for development. A major communication and gas line went right through the property. Those utilities had to be re-routed before construction could begin.