Santa Maria Retirement Home Could be Converted to Resort

The Santa Maria del Mar Retirement Home on Biloxi’s Front Beach could soon be converted into a resort hotel and pump big bucks into the local economy.

The structure has been a major eyesore on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina, but it may soon be restored to its former glory. Wednesday, a local company, Barrington Development, confirmed that an offer has been made to buy the property from the Biloxi Catholic Diocese. A final deal could be signed as soon as Thursday.

The developer wants to convert the blighted building into an upscale hotel, which would be a boost for local tax revenues. Officials with the city tell News 25 they are delighted with the news.

Vincent Creel, Public Affairs Manager for Biloxi, says, “It’s in the shadow of the Biloxi Town Green, it’s right across from the harbor, and it’s just great, it’s going to be wonderful for the City of Biloxi. We like to say we a have a mile stone large or small each and every day. This is a big one.”

The Santa Maria del Mar and Casino Magic are the two blighted buildings still in disrepair since Hurricane Katrina.

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