Biloxi council delays vote on 33-story condo

Published 6:44 pm Thursday, January 4, 2007

The Biloxi City Council has delayed a decision on whether to grant a height variance for a condominium tower.

The proposal for the 33-story Tower at Edgewater could be back on the agenda at the council’s Jan. 16 meeting. The developer, GCID, is seeking a 198-foot height waiver and other variances for the project.

Clark Griffith, chairman of the Reviving the Renaissance Committee, blasted the Tower at Edgewater last month as a “monstrosity” and “eyesore” and said the people of Biloxi did not want their city to be “wall-to-wall condominiums and casinos.”

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Council member Mike Fitzpatrick said the city had already approved a 179-foot height variance for the proposed Vieux Cresente on Back Bay and a 228-foot height variance for an unnamed condominium tower at the Broadwater property.

“We must do our part in restoring the tourist industry by allowing the private developers to build the hotels/condos that are needed,” Fitzpatrick said.

Council member David Fayard said residents “have told us time and time again in town hall meetings, governor’s charrettes, e-mails and letters to keep Biloxi Biloxi. Don’t turn it into Destin. If you vote for this today, it’s another step toward turning Biloxi into that.”