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Councilman Talks About Possible Hotel Projects, Convention Center Expansion

By Toni Miles - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Work on the convention center is well underway, and Ward 4 Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick says now's the time to pave the way for some hotel developments that are on the table. That would mean extending three Biloxi roads.

"One of them is the extension of Popps Ferry Road to Highway 90, and this will open up a $500-million dollar development. If we could extend extend C.T. Switzer Senior's Road next to the mall all the way down here to the Coliseum, it would open the development of a 2,000 hotel room site on DeBuys Road," Councilman Fitzpatrick said. "The last one is on Pine Street in East Biloxi. If we could connect and expand Pine Street all the way back around to Back Bay Boulevard, we could have some tremendous development down there on the area that was wiped out by Katrina."

The $500 million project that would come with the extension of Popps Ferry Road would provide 200 hotel rooms and condos. The C.T. Switzer Senior Road extension would open the door for 2,000 hotel rooms at the site just east of the old Olive Garden.

The extension of Pine Street, Fitzpatrick says, would allow developers to go ahead with plans that would bring additional homes, apartments, a shopping mall and restaurants to the area.

There are two other hotel projects near the Coliseum that would bring 3,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Coliseum.

"The first one is here, at the Coliseum. It would be about a 500 room hotel. I think they're trying to get a major company to come here right now. The second project is at the Broadwater Property. That's about 2,500 hotel rooms," Fitzpatrick said.

Councilman Fitzpatrick says talks are also underway for a Hyatt with 250 hotel rooms and a new McElroy's Restaurant where the old McElroy's Restaurent used to stand in Biloxi. There are also talks of a Hilton Garden Inn at the foot of Rodenberg, which would bring 140 hotel rooms to the area.

Many of these proposed hotel projects are still in the planning stages and need approval.

By Toni Miles

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