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New subdivision, Condotel, Treasure Bay on City Council Agenda

By Keith Burton - GCN  12/3/06

The Biloxi City Council will have a busy agenda this coming Tuesday. The City Council is to  consider approvals for a 13.4-acre, 40-home subdivision being proposed on Brodie Road in North Biloxi, then a a two-phase condotel project west of Edgewater Mall,  and then an amended master plan for Treasure Bay Casino Resort.

For Treasure Bay, the plan includes numerous changes but key to almost all of the work is that the casino is not asking permission to redevelop the property south of the hotel where their shoreline operation existed prior to the hurricane.

Treasure Bay's resolution asks for approval to amend a previously approved Dockside (On-Shore) Gaming Master Plan and Conditional Use to allow for the construction of an additional 758 space parking lot to be situated upon property adjacent to the east side of the existing hotel/casino facilities, and to authorize minor modifications within the existing land-based hotel structure, which are as follows:

1. A twenty-four thousand five hundred and fifty-seven (24,557) square foot [on-shore] gaming area, situated within eight hundred feet (800’) of the “mean high-water line” [as defined by Section 29-15-1 of the Mississippi Code of 1972], as authorized by Mississippi Legislative House Bill 45;

2. Restaurant facilities totaling five thousand seventy (5,070) square feet in size;

3. A retail area totaling eight hundred and sixty-five (865) square feet in size;

4. Entertainment areas totaling six thousand and two (6,002) square feet in size; and

5. Two hundred and fifty-one (251) hotel rooms, contained within the existing hotel facility

The application to amend the casino's master plan was submitted by Miller Gaming and Resorts, Inc., Treasure Bay, L.L.C. (d/b/a Treasure Bay Casino and Resort Hotel), Carol  L. Koplin, and John M. Mladinich.

Other resolutions the City Council will consider include an increase in the cost in purchasing lots at the city's cemetery, a resolution hiring Biloxi Attorney Michael Cavanaugh to handle an issue involving the casino proposed by the Choctaw Indians in Jackson County, and a set back variance for a new sign for the Grand Casino.

To see the agenda for the 1:30 p.m. meeting, which features 28 measures in all, click here.

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