Proposed housing development would put houses right on Biloxi Beach
If approved, 16 multi-story houses would be built, with nine of those being directly on the beach.
BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - For the first time in recent history, homes may soon sit right on the beach in Biloxi.
The city council is expected to approve the proposed housing development, which would put the multi-story structures south of Highway 90. The project has already cleared the city’s planning commission.
The spot where developers plan to build the houses is between Veterans Avenue and Camellia Street and Veterans Avenue. It’s the same spot Jim Cantore stood in 2005 as Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in South Mississippi. Cantore was forced to take shelter nearby. When he emerged, the motel that was there was no more. The land has remained empty for the last 16 years.
Local restaurateur Rob Stinson is the developer behind the development, which will be called Christiano on the Boardwalk.
“It will be the first project where there will actually be ownership of residential property south of Highway 90 on the beach,” said developer Rob Stinson.
Across the length of Harrison County, beachfront homes have had four lanes of asphalt separating them from the beach. This project, however, will only have a boardwalk.
“They’ll be between 2,500 to 4,000 square feet each. There will be four-car garages on the first level,” Stinson said.
Knowing that the Gulf Coast is susceptible to hurricanes, the houses will be built with the weather in mind.
“Everything is going to be built fortified and by that I mean good concrete. This will be kind of a storm-proof structure, so to speak,” Stinson explained. “There’s going to be a uniformity to this. It’s not technically a gated environment, although it may appear that way. They’ll all be designed virtually the same and that conformity and uniformity, I think it’s going to be a real plus on the beach.”
Of course, building a home on the beach is one thing, but insuring it is another.
“It will be a project where we will work with the right insurance companies to make sure that the buyers have got the alternatives,” Stinson said.
Stinson already has restaurants on the beach and believes the many family attractions, casinos and businesses make the area a prime spot for residential development.
“There’s 16 (houses) total, nine that are beachfront,” Stinson said. “I mean, I intend to keep one myself.”
The nine homes on the beach will be staggered with seven further back allowing everyone to have a beach view.
Jack Krongard of Pinnacle Building Solutions is partnering with Rob Stinson to build the homes.
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