to Decide on Two Condo Projects
Story and Photos by Keith Burton - GCN Filed 11/28/04
The Biloxi City Council Tuesday will be examining the merits of two new condominium projects, one for the central beach area, another at the corner of Irish Hill Drive and St. Jude Avenue.
The project on Irish Hill Drive, if approved, also must get approval on a series of variances and zoning changes as the projected site is in a area currently zoned single family. That project, called Irish Oaks Condominiums, calls for the building of 12, two-story condominiums with garages to constructed in what is currently an empty wooded lot. The area is near Father Ryan Avenue and not far from the home of Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway. The developers of the Irish Oaks are T & B Crawford Family Limited Partnership, Michael Todaro, Charles Todaro, Anthony J. Todaro, John Todaro, and Mary Lynn Todaro (owners) and Shoreline Development, LLC (applicant).
During a previous Biloxi Planning Commission hearing held November 3rd, the Commissioner's vote resulted in a tie with no recommendation resulting in their deliberations. That automatically made the issue go before the City Council. Typically, a zoning change request must show that a change in the character of the neighborhood has occurred. Such a change is not evident in that neighborhood, which is among the most stable in Biloxi. If the project is approved, that would mark a change in the neighborhood, which could allow further condominiums in the area.
The other condominium project under consideration is located in the Biloxi central beach area at the address of 1877 Beach Blvd. That location is on the beach side of U.S. Highway 90 just west of Veterans Avenue. The location is near the Emerald Beach Motel that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Called the Beau Soleil Condominiums, the project calls for the construction of an eight story, 14 unit, residential condominium development. The city is being asked to approve a series of variances, including one to allow for a higher density project than current code allows.