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Tivoli Hotel, Biloxi

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The Tivoli Hotel has been rotting away on the Biloxi beachfront for years. It looks as though a savior may be waiting in the wings. I spoke with Mike Boudreaux, one of the principals of Gulf Coast Investment Developers Group recently.....Soon to be announced is a condominium/hotel project which will preserve this faded structure. I will post more information as it becomes available. Here are a few pictures from the Mississippi Heritage Trust...

http://www.mississippiheritage.com/list03.html

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I drove past that building a few months ago, it looked very interesting.

I could tell that at a time, it was a very nice looking building.(it still is in a way)

Hopefully the condo project works out, I hate to see nice old buildings just rot away...

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Having just seen a frontal shot of the Tivoli on CNN, I regret to say that I have grave doubts about the survival of the building. I also understand that Beauvoir has been destroyed. I suppose the Tullis-Toledano House is gone as well....The images simply defy description. I didn't live through Camille, but I hear people comapring the devastation from Katrina to Camille. New Orleans' imminent disaster does not bode well....

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^Thanks for the link Tom, those pictures were amazing.

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I have just spoken with someone closely acquainted with the project and have been assured that their hope is to restore the building and include it with the new plans for condominium towers. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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A very old thread. Needless to say, the Tivoli did not survive, but its site could become a hotbed of controversy. The City Council will entertain ideas for the site this Tuesday and invites input. I see no reason why this site should not be a hotel or condominium. Having said that, I would like to see something more than a standard-issue tower built on this historically sensitive site. I suppose rebuilding a facsimile of the original hotel is also out of the question, but it would be good to see something here with architectural significance. Thoughts anyone?

The Sun Herald

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City Council Will Accept Public Input Until August

The city council voted today to research and accept public opinion about the possibility of a "billion dollar project" on the Tivoli site. Without firm plans, I would be wary of granting blanket approval to any project, sight unseen. If there is a billion dollar proposal out there for the property, the public ought to see it forthwith.

The Sun Herald

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Monday

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday to decide the fate of the property where the Tivoli once stood. While I am guardedly in favor of a casino/hotel going up on the site, I would prefer to see something built which recalls something of the spirit of the Tivoli. Alas, the scale of any project likely for this 30+ acre site would likely dwarf anything which could successfully recall the Tivoli. It's foolish, however, to assume that this property won't be re-zoned in favor of casino development. I don't want to see casinos everywhere along the Coast, but I see no particular harm in one being built on this site.

The Gulf Coast News

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The public hearing tomorrow night may prove to be a pivotal moment for the Coast. The question before the city is whether or not to allow the site to be redeveloped as a casino. Personally, I have no trouble with the idea of a casino on this site. What troubles me is the possible scale of this project, and whether or not it would be appropriate. I do think that many residents of Biloxi don't understand the nature of the dragons that have been unleashed. They are already out and cannot be put back into their cages. Development is going to happen, no matter what is said or done. What can b e done is the proper management of growth in such a way that the character of the region will not be completely destroyed. I will be very interestedf to see what the proposal looks like.

The Sun Herald

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Tivoli Plans Unveiled at Public Hearing

The ambitious plans of Biloxi Capital LLC for a 2000+ room resort and casino on the site of the former Tivoli Hotel were unvelied at a public hearing this evening in Biloxi. The attached news clip does show something of the renderings. Architecturally, the project looks a bit more like Las Vegas than what I might have hoped for. The scale is also larger than anything currently in Biloxi, but is comparable to a project proposed for the site of the old Broadwater. It's possible that the design may be toned down before it is built. In order to be built, however, the site must be approved by both the city and the state gaming commission. The public beach across the road could doom the project before anything more is even discussed. The gaming commission has previously denied similar projects with locations similar to this one.

WLOX Channel 13 News

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Tivoli Project Divides Biloxi

The plans for the Tivoli site have already proved to be divisive. The project will probably be given eventual approval, but this cannot be assured. It's probably a good thing for the city that this project has brought discussion back to the table. If Biloxi can decide what it wants to be, that is half the battle.

The Sun Herald

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Council Approves Waterfront Designation

The first hurdle for the developers of a casino hotel on the site of the Tivoli has been jumped. The Biloxi City Council approved the waterfront designation for the 30 acre property yesterday, but this is merely the first stp in a lengthy process. The next step is the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Chaiman Jerry St. Pe has not made his views pubilc at this point as an application has not yet been received. I sincerely hope that the projected design is not built, but the eventual outcome is months away.

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Mayor Holloway Vetoes Zoning Change for Tivoli Project

Mayor A. J. Holloway has vetoed a zoning change which would have permitted the construction of a casino hotel on the site of the Tivoli. While I may have vacillated in my opinions for the best use of this site, it would appear that this decision is best for the future of the city. As noted in the article, there are plenty of existing sites in Biloxi which already have casino zoning. Why not build on those sites instead? I'd like to see the Tivoli property developed, but a mega-project on this site would likely cause a rash of applications for zoning changes elsewhere on the Coast. I'm not entirely sure that this decision means the battle is over, but this could place the nail in the coffin for this proposal.

The Sun-Herald

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