The Mississippi Coast Coliseum is moving forward with "Plan B" in their expansion project. Warren Pavers, Inc. will be laying the groundwork for the Coliseum's new expansion project. The Coliseum faced a roadblock when the Mississippi legislature did not approve the access to its trust fund. Officials requested $1 million to build a new parking lot. Now that the funding is unavailable, they've moved to Plan B: their savings, a risky move, but the best option for moving forward.
Bill Holmes, the Director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, says, “We've got to take that risk to move forward and get the parking lot developed because the hotel is moving forward.” The hotel will be built on the satellite parking lot the Coliseum currently uses for major events, which means the hotel can't be built until the new parking lot is available. Holmes also says, “If we lose the property, the old Holiday Inn property, as satellite parking, we've got to have the additional parking to take care of our current business.”
Businesses specifically choose the Coliseum as a prime location for special events because it provides a spacious venue with plenty of parking. Marlin Ladner, the President of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, says, “The improvement of the Coliesum is important. I think that’s something we need to look at. Coliseum is an anchor to our economic development, tourism, our conventions.”
The Coliseum is looking forward to Warren Pavers transforming the land into a new parking lot. They say not only will it have more parking spaces, but it will be more convenient for visitors to walk just across the street. Now that it's found a short term solution to funding, the Coliseum is moving quickly toward next phase of its plan: completion of the new parking lot with hotel construction to follow. Construction of the new parking lot should begin in May and should be completed by mid-summer.