Council to Consider Downtown Property Swap in Biloxi

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 3/21/2014 4:48 pm
The Magnolia Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Biloxi and home to the Mardi Gras Museum, could be getting more green space and the former Bombay Bicycle Club site would be more attractive for development if a proposed land swap is approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

The measure is one of nearly a dozen items on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall.

Under the plan, the Copeland Estate would swap property immediately south of the Magnolia Hotel and pay the city $134,000 in exchange for a public parking lot north of the Bombay site, at the northeast corner of U.S. 90 and Reynoir Street, across from the Beau Rivage and a block away from the proposed baseball park.

“This is going to give us additional green space to allow for bigger events at the Mardi Gras Museum when it opens this summer,” said Biloxi Historical Administrator Bill Raymond. “Plus, it’s going to improve the curb appeal of the Magnolia Hotel for motorists passing on U.S. 90.”

Mayor A.J. Holloway hinted during his State of the City presentation last month that the city “was expecting exciting things from the Copeland folks with the old Bombay site.” The Bombay reference is to a popular restaurant and bar that had been located at the corner site years ago.

The Mardi Gras Museum, meantime, is scheduled to open this summer, after two floors of exhibits are constructed. “We’re hoping to be out for bids in the next 60 to 90 days for the construction of those exhibits. We’ve done the text panels, the mannequins are in, we have a good collection of costumes ready to display, and the Mardi Gras Museum gift shop, which opened in November, is seeing an increasing amount of traffic.”
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