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Lifeless for more than 11 years, Broadwater attracts interest

The marina at the Broadwater site in Biloxi has seen little are action since Hurricane Katrina. Now there is interest in developing the Broadwater site and possibly a hotel near the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.
The marina at the Broadwater site in Biloxi has seen little are action since Hurricane Katrina. Now there is interest in developing the Broadwater site and possibly a hotel near the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. ttisbell@sunherald.com

One developer is interested in making two long-awaited projects come out of the ground.

The idle acres are where the Broadwater Hotel and marina once stood and the President Casino and Resort once flourished before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. That, and the long-awaited hotel at the nearby Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, are both under consideration by an unnamed investor.

Matt McDonnell, Coast Coliseum executive director, said that while work continues with Highpointe Development to build a Convention Center hotel, he was approached by another developer.

“We were also contacted by Doug Dale, architect, and Grady McCool concerning a developer who is interested in the Broadwater property and a possible hotel on our site,” McDonnell told the Coliseum Commission this week. “I indicated to both of them that we were in discussion with another group and if it didn’t materialize, we would get back to them.”

Dale Partners declined comment because of a confidentiality agreement.

Roy Anderson III, one of the owners of the Broadwater site, said they’ve had general interest in the Broadwater property over the past year, but no serious offers.

Officials with the Coliseum Commission met last week with representatives from Highpointe Development and site planners to get started with plans for a hotel that could have about 500 rooms. Many groups require an on-site hotel to book a convention. No decision has been made where to place the hotel on the property.

McDonnell said the group toured the Coliseum property and is considering creating a campus that McDonnell said “could include more than one hotel, along with independent restaurants and possible entertainment/retail space.”

The group will go back and start putting concepts together, he said, and return after Mardi Gras to meet with elected officials and others and start laying out the conceptual footprint for the Convention Center hotel.

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