In his State of Biloxi presentation, the mayor of the city touted $2 billion worth of transformational projects that are moving forward. The pandemic brought leasing to a standstill, but things are changing now at The District on Howard with the former JC Penney building and the historic Barq building. Additionally, Biloxi’s public works department is improving parking under the I-110 bridge and creating a walkway near the Machado Patano building. Other projects are taking place at the historic Magnolia Hotel and downtown’s Saenger Theatre. There are also multiple casino projects underway, plus the reopening of the Margaritaville Resort Biloxi in March.
- More parking is needed for the new businesses downtown and when the Biloxi Shuckers resume play at MGM Park, where the home opener is scheduled for May 11.
- Work is underway to transform the old Josette’s costume shop on Howard into 23 high-end apartments with two ground- level retail spaces.
- Gilich said that construction value in the city was $30.8 million more in 2020 than in 2019, with permits issued for 465 commercial projects and 968 homes and residences.
“The announcement of what that new business will be is expected on March 5, when the District Green will open with a block party and give the public a feel for what is coming downtown.”