In the City of Biloxi, it’s not business as usual but it is building as usual.
While many South Mississippi businesses have temporarily come to a stand-still due to efforts to curb COVID-19 from spreading, Biloxi building projects are right on track, according to the city’s Community Development Director Jerry Creel. “We have about $80 million dollars in commercial and residential active construction. About $60 million of that is commercial, a little over $20 million of that is single family residential homes. Two weeks ago we did $1.7 million in pertinent valuations and last week we did $2.1 million. Ironically, that was done after we closed the doors to the public.”
They’re putting the finishing touches on Hotel Legends right across from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.
Construction is also on the rise just around the corner at the site of a new Community Bank branch and they’re laying the groundwork for an elevated go cart track at Big Play on the east side of Veterans Avenue, just south of a new RV site going up north of the tracks.
Newman’s seafood on Caillavet is coming to life. Also in the pipeline are plans to build developments at the old Josette’s site on Howard Avenue and Bertucci Park at the intersection of Popp’s Ferry Road and Atkinson in west Biloxi. “Even with the construction we have going on right now, it’s generating sales tax revenues because the builders are buying from the home centers, and the home centers are generating sales tax revenues. We’re going to work with these developers, these builders. As long as they’re working, we’re going to do the inspections on the projects.”
And while the city’s Community Development Department is practicing social distancing, they are still providing services to citizens and developers. You can drop by their location on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to pick up applications for a building permit or business license. “We have our vestibule set up to accept applications. It allows customers to come into the building, but not get into the lobby where our people are working.”