BILOXI -- The exterior of the White House Hotel will be painted white in the next few days, and crews inside are framing the hotel rooms and suites, the steak house and meeting space in preparation for opening this summer.
The project was pulled Wednesday from Biloxi's Development Review Committee while final details are worked out, but Cono Caranna, the resort general manager and co-owner of Cora's Restaurant at the White House, said the windows were restored, the staircase that winds up several floors will be redone and the elevator fitted into the original space.
The exposed brick will be covered as it was when the resort operated.
The original floor was salvaged and will be used throughout the property.
"We're going off old photos," Caranna said.
"It's a historic hotel with modern conveniences," said Bill Yockey, manager and co-owner of Cora's Restaurant, a 100-seat fine-dining restaurant named for the woman who turned the property into a boarding house.
Once restored, the White House will have 76 hotel rooms with a combination of king beds, two queen bedrooms and two- and three-bedroom suites facing the water.
There will be a honeymoon/presidential suite, and as the top floor has only eight rooms, Caranna said it can be turned over to bridal parties getting married there.
Taking advantage of the views will be a rooftop terrace on the third floor with a bar, five sectional sofas and fire pits.
"We can do jazz brunches out here," Caranna said,
Nearby is 1,600 square feet of event space.
Nicole Gilbert, director of event operations, said the resort can host meetings and parties.
The lawn will accommodate outdoor functions, and the swimming pool -- filled in after Hurricane Katrina -- will be restored.
Biloxi's DRC did review plans for other projects Wednesday:
n A Waffle House will be rebuilt at 2428 Beach Boulevard in West Biloxi. The restaurant was in the Gulf Beach Resort Hotel before Katrina and although the hotel won't be rebuilt, property owner Tom Newman said Waffle House has 26 years remaining on its lease.
Newman plans to build Biloxi's French Quarter Centre on the site and will lease space for the return of the Old Mardi Gras Lounge and Toarmina's Pizza.
City Floodplain Manager Rick Stickler suggested moving the building out of the flood zone to save money on flood insurance premiums.
n The Mason Road subdivision proposed for Hudson Krohn Road will have about 100 lots on 80 acres, architect Les Seymour said.
The project will go to the Planning Commission for a zoning change to accommodate the density.
n The Irby Construction office and warehouse at 11485 Parker's Circle off Oaklawn Road in Biloxi also will need a zoning change.
n Snapper's ice cream and beignet shop will be a temporary, walk-up stand in the space under Snapper's Restaurant at 1699 Beach Boulevard.
Two of the walls will be louvered doors and the owner must remove all materials before a hurricane.