Downtown revitalization effort in the works in Biloxi
Biloxi is moving forward with a plan to revitalize the city’s downtown area, an effort to bring back the life and energy the area saw before Hurricane Camille.
Today, the City Council was updated on the next steps of the four month process which began April 17th. The city hired Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District to create an action plan for the project.
The plan includes reopening Howard Avenue to two way traffic, restoring facades to the look of old Biloxi, attracting new business and more. City of Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel said, “The downtown Biloxi area is different from any other downtown on the Gulf Coast because we have thousands of hotel rooms and tens of thousands of visitors within walking distance. What our goal is is to give them a reason to come to downtown, to have the retail that they’re looking for, to have the restaurants that they’re looking for.”
A public hearing will be scheduled in July to get public feedback on the plan before it is finalized and presented to the City Council in August.