Developments on Howard Avenue

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The Biloxi City Council discussed further development on Howard Avenue.

In a six to one vote, the council agreed to partner with Howard Avenue Development, LLC. This is the start of a multi-year project which includes revitalizing five properties along Howard Avenue including the old Barq’s Building.

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The investor has estimated it will cost around $54 million to complete the entire project. The current plan would add around 300 housing units, add office space, and commercial businesses in the downtown area.  Howard Avenue Developer Lee Young said, “It’s where everything used to happen in the 40s and 50s. Up really until the mall came to town, at that point the downtown vacated and what we see as a vision is a modern version of the 40s and 50s where you’ve got shops, restaurants, and people living downtown again.”

Some notable businesses considering downtown Biloxi are House of Blues and Café Du Monde. The project on the old Barq’s Building could start as early as this summer.

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Payton Malone grew up in the small town of Archer City, Texas before moving to Norman, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Oklahoma. During his time at OU he interned as a meteorologist at KOCO in Oklahoma City where he experienced all types of weather ranging from tornadoes, flooding and winter storms. Payton received his Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Minor in Meteorology. Payton's interest in weather began at the very young age of six after a local broadcast meteorologist talked to his class about preparing for severe weather. That along with growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, Payton has been hooked to the weather ever since. He is excited to move to the Gulf Coast and start a new adventure away from the plains. He loves venturing around the area finding new coffee shops, local places to eat, and he looks forward to being involved in the communities on the Mississippi coast. You can follow Payton on social media: Facebook: @paytonmalonewx Twitter: @paytonmalonewx Instagram: @paytoncmalone

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