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I was indeed referring to Surf Style (I couldn't remember the name offhand). I stopped by there when my wife and I were staying at her mother's home for a week. I wanted to pick up some t-shirts. I was wondering if Surf Style was planning on constructing a shop in Gulfport. Where is the Gulfport location? Near Courthouse or closer towards 49?

Corner of Hwy 90 and Courthouse Rd.

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Corner of Hwy 90 and Courthouse Rd.

Where the old Wal-Greens used to be before Katrina flattened it. I'll have to check it out when my wife and I get back to Biloxi. I got several Biloxi t-shirts last time in June so I'll need to get some Gulfport t-shirts to balance it out.

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Groundbreaking for The Promenade set for July 15

The developers plan to officially break ground Tuesday for The Promenade retail center in D'Iberville but still haven't announced who the tenants will be.CBL & Associates Properties Inc., headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Forum Development Group from Atlanta acquired 72 acres northwest of the Interstate 10 and 110 intersection.

The developers have already come before the D'Iberville Planning Commission and Council and received sign variances for Target's trademark bull's-eye signs, but the retailer hasn't made a formal announcement it will be one of the 11 anchors coming to D'Iberville. The 700,000-square-foot shopping center will also have more than 80,000 square feet of specialty shops and restaurants. The grand opening is scheduled for fall 2009.

Link to Sun Herald article

While this developement doesn't support new urbanism, I thought it deserved some attention since it will most likely be bringing some long awaited stores to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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I'm sure the new stores will be welcome. It is a shame, though, to see opportunities for new urbanism being lost on the Coast. I understand the economic factors which have guided Biloxi away from New Urbanism, but I'm pleased that a few towns on the Coast are looking in this direction, even if it is only for inspiration.

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Avalon Project Becomes Four Points Sheraton

Assiduous readers of this board may recall a posting regarding the Avalon, a condo-hotel which was to have been created from the tattered remains of the old Gulf Towers at 940 Beach Bouleavrd. Now it appears as though the property will be rebuilt into a Sheraton Four Points hotel. The rendering looks nice enough, but I liked the sleek interiors pictured in the Avalon's website. I suppose this is aonther casualty of the condo market. In any event, getting this prominent 10 storied building back on its feet is especially important for Biloxi.

The Sun Herald

Avalon website

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No, No, No: Biloxi loses two chances at casino expansion

Those betting on casino expansion in Biloxi were given a reality check Thursday by the Mississippi Gaming Commission, which turned down the South Beach Casino site, and the Biloxi Planning Commission, which voted 7-6 against rezoning 81 acres in East Biloxi to waterfront.

http://www.sunherald.com/pageone/story/689915.html

This is huge news for Biloxi in terms of casino developement. I think South Beach Casino would have been a wonderful development, and it would have spurred economic growth in an area of Biloxi that really needs it. Some type of mixed-use development is needed along hwy 90 between the old Broadwater site and Rodenburg Ave.

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I'm at a loss here. While casino expansion is not the only answer to Biloxi's future, it is puzzling to see these actions from a city which has all but pegged its future to the roll of the dice. In the absence of expanded tourist offerings, perhaps it would be nice to see a dose of good planning and real neighborhoods being built around a viable commercial core. Whay can't this happen in Biloxi?

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Hotel Projects Abound

While public announcements have yet to be forthcoming, the likelihood of several important projects remains good. The City of Biloxi is said to be in talks with a "major hotel company" to operate the hotel at the convention center (expansion opening next year). This hotel is expected to have at least 500 rooms. Councliman Mike Fitzpatrick mentioned the possibility of a 2500 room hotel at the Broadwater site and the possibility of a 250 room Hyatt (Place?) hotel at the site of McElroy's restaurant which is being rebuilt. Other hotels mentioned include a $500m condo/hotel project with about 200 hotel rooms (these numbers don't add uo- there would have to be more rooms for this kind of money), and finally a Hilton Garden Inn. Many of these projects are in the approval or planning stages, so announcements may not be imminent. The 2500 rooms mentioned for the Broadwater site could possibly bring an element of truh to the rumors of Steve Wynn coming back to Biloxi. it would be unwise to speculate further on that one at this point.....

WLOX News - video clip

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Hotel Projects Abound

While public announcements have yet to be forthcoming, the likelihood of several important projects remains good. The City of Biloxi is said to be in talks with a "major hotel company" to operate the hotel at the convention center (expansion opening next year). This hotel is expected to have at least 500 rooms. Councliman Mike Fitzpatrick mentioned the possibility of a 2500 room hotel at the Broadwater site and the possibility of a 250 room Hyatt (Place?) hotel at the site of McElroy's restaurant which is being rebuilt. Other hotels mentioned include a $500m condo/hotel project with about 200 hotel rooms (these numbers don't add uo- there would have to be more rooms for this kind of money), and finally a Hilton Garden Inn. Many of these projects are in the approval or planning stages, so announcements may not be imminent. The 2500 rooms mentioned for the Broadwater site could possibly bring an element of truh to the rumors of Steve Wynn coming back to Biloxi. it would be unwise to speculate further on that one at this point.....

WLOX News - video clip

It sounds like the plans for the Wyndham Harbor Pointe have been scratched. A Hyatt is impressive, but I would have rather had the Wyndham. There are plenty of great locations for a Hyatt. Maybe the Wyndham Harbor Pointe will move to the old Broadwater site!

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I wouldn't count the Wyndham project out just yet. As for its being placed on the old Broadwater site, that's unlikely because the proposed Wyndham is not a casino hotel. Whatever eventually appears on the Broadwater site will almost certainly hav a casino component. It has been zoned as auch and the land is too valuable to be developed without it. More than likely, the new hotel9s) at the convention center will be major brands- something like Hilton, Hyatt or possibly Marriott. I'd love to see a Westin on the Coast. Keep your fingers crossed....

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As Gustav rears his ugly head, the Coast has been evacuated, or is at least under orders to do so. I'm still hoping the storm will track well west of the Coast and New Orleans so that its damage may be limited to a more unpopulated area. It is good to see that there is more advance planning this time around and that there is some aparent organization on the ground. As for the visit of McCain and Palin to Mississippi today, I wonder if the resources necessary for such a visit would be better spent elsewhere. Still, it's a gesture.

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Tivoli Site Offered for Sale

The site of the Tivoli Hotel is now being offered for sale- 3.2 acres for $11.5m. I would think that a casino or condo development may spring up here, but the fate of the last proposal might cast doubt upon such thoughts. If whomever buys the property is smart enough not to propose something too ungainly, the proposal might just go through. If, on the other hand, the proposal is anything like the last (billion dollar) proposal, it might meet resistance. This is an important site which deserves to have something architecturally significant. I hope that whatever is proposed will be appropriate.

Loppnet

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Singing River Mall remake receives support

Jackson County is on board to help Gautier secure the redevelopment of Singing River Mall.

A subsidiary of a development corporation headed by cardiologist and real estate developer Bharat Sangani of Sangani Boulevard retail fame in D'Iberville is proposing buying the mall and making big changes to the tune of $100 million.

A piece of the puzzle would be for the city and county to issue special bonds and pledge a portion of the taxes that such a redevelopment would generate to paying off those bonds.

They are called TIF bonds - tax increment financing - a type that Sangani, D'Iberville and Harrison County used to develop the Sangani Boulevard retail area.

http://www.sunherald.com/local/story/817651.html

This has the potential to be huge for Jackson County. In addition to what's mentioned in the article, I'd like to see them convert the enclosed mall into an open-air mall and add some residential units to the property.

Edited by nquint1

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I really like the idea of adding a residential component. From the article, it appears as though there will be a hotel and restaurants. Perhaps the residential component could be added later, but it would be better if it were integrated into the plans sooner rather than later. In any event, this should be good for the county.

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Blue Water Bay- Western Harrison County

Developers have proposed a large new resort in western Harrison County which could eventually cost $1.5 billion. I know we've all heard this before, but the rendering does loook nice. Let's hope there is real substance behind this proposal. In truth, I would prefer to see such development concentrated in a casino district instead of dispersed throughout the county.

The Sun Herald

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Ohr Museum Update

In a brief review of BidClerk, I spied a listing for a museum renovation/expansion which could only be the ill-fated Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. As you may recal, the campus designed by Frank Gehry sustained significant damage from Katrina. I will post as I get more information. I also noticed a listing for a museum expansion in Ocean Springs which I assume is the Walter Anderson Museum. Both projects are good news for an area which has had relatively little good news since Katrina.

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I will be moving to Gulfport next month. I know reconstruction from Katrina has been a very slow and arduous process, but the last I heard this was several years ago. Has the region finally moved on from the disaster or are the effects still visible throughout the region?

Also: Is anyone familiar with the nightlife out here? Does anyone know where I can go for electronic dance music?

Edited by tSlater

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http://www.sunherald.com/2011/11/27/3598724/health-department-oks-memorial.html

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport received approval for a $58 million expansion and renovation of its patient tower. Patient rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors will be enlarged and two new floors of rooms will be added to the tower.

The hospital will have a total of 240 patient rooms once the project is completed.

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The initial development -- at the northeast corner of Mississippi 605 and John Ross Road -- would include a retail town center, a grocery store and, on outlying parcels, a bank, pharmacy, restaurant and retail stores. The shopping center is expected to be similar in appearance to the upscale Renaissance of Colony Park in Madison, Nichols said.

A second development phase at 605 and John Ross would include shops with offices and multi-family units above them. Gulfport Highlands expects in a third phase, still being planned, to build single and multi-family residences.

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/12/20/3644416/new-gulfport-shopping-center-gets.html

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What's up people. What is the latest on all of the condo, casino, and new urbanism (like Tradition projects around this area)?? This thread has been so dead lately.

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