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Developer proposes two revitalization projects

A developer hopes to redevelop these two properties. (Photo source: WLOX News) A developer hopes to redevelop these two properties. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A rendering of the proposed redevelopment for the old Santa Maria Del Mar building. (Photo source: WLOX News) A rendering of the proposed redevelopment for the old Santa Maria Del Mar building. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

More development is coming to the City of Biloxi. This week the city announced two applications have been submitted to the Biloxi Development Review Committee. The Santa Maria Del Mar has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.

Now Barrington Development wants to redevelop the 13 story former retirement building into a nonsmoking, luxury hotel with balconies.

"We're turning it into a luxury hotel that will have 160 guest rooms in it, a pool and then a lobby bar café,” said Cono Caranna with Barrington Development.

In addition to the plans for the building. Barrington Development also wants to redevelop the old Dees Chevrolet property located just north of Water Street and the Santa Maria Del Mar.

"It will be the old City Center project that started in 2006. It will have retail outlets on the bottom. It will have a bank, some restaurants, anything else that might go into those spots. It will have residential apartments around it. And then there's a site for another hotel in that spot,” said Caranna.

But before any work is started the city must approve the developer's applications.

"Mayor Gilich is remembering that these are proposals working their way through the city process. They've got a long way to go. The great thing is, it's a proven track record from the Barrington Group. Look at what they did with the White House Hotel,” said City of Biloxi Spokesman Vincent Creel.

Caranna said he hopes the high-end properties will attract more new people to the area.

"It's an incredible thing to be a part of. We have a great team. We work really hard. And we're investing a lot of money into Biloxi. This is our hometown and we want to see it come back and grow and thrive,” said Caranna.

Caranna said if the applications are approved for the project worked could start as early as this September and be complete in a year. The Biloxi Development committee meets this Wednesday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. where they will review both projects. Barrington Development is the same group that revitalized the White House Hotel and is working on revamping the old Casino Magic Property.

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