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Biloxi to Move Forward on Lighthouse Park, Civic Center Initiatives

From: City of Biloxi   Vincent Creel   Filed 9/19/07 GCN

Mayor A.J. Holloway this week will be asking the City Council to hire an engineering firm to begin plans for two key city rebuilding projects, the Biloxi Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center, and a downtown civic center, which will be housed in the former location of the Biloxi Public Library.

The proposals are two of more than 30 measures on the agenda for the councilís 1:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday. The council will also meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to continue discussions of the municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2008, which begins Oct. 1.

During the afternoon agenda, Holloway has included a measure asking councilmembers to hire the engineering firm Neel-Schaffer to begin working on the Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center, and the Civic Center. Contracts with the group would total $275,000. To see a rendering and read background on the proposed Visitors Center and other city projects, click here.

Also on the agenda: approval of $457,000 in contracts for consultant Jimmy Gouras to administer and manage the cityís Katrina-related community revitalization grant funds, a program that is expected to see nearly $13 million in initial federal and state funds to the city for the Visitors Center and civic center projects. Gourasís fees, which are set by the Mississippi Development Authority, will be paid with federal and state funds.

The agenda also includes final payments for city work on Caillavet Street and Edgewater subdivision drainage, purchase of equipment and supplies for city departments, and a proposal to hire an engineering firm for improvements to Veterans Avenue.

First reading of a proposal to change zoning from heavy industry to waterfront will be conducted for the 4.62-acre tract of land now occupied by Custom Pack Inc., on Bayview Avenue, adjacent to Boomtown. The re-zoning would allow casino gaming at the site.

To read the entire agenda and available resolutions, click here.

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