Biloxi, Michigan (WLOX) – Business is already booming in downtown Biloxi thanks to existing facilities. However, Howard Avenue just gets busier.
Black Line Corp president Kempton Batia says the Senger Theater is in its final stages after years of rebuilding.
“Having Senger running and hosting events is good for the city,” Bhatia said. “He is one of the most historic buildings in the city.”
Bhatia said the $4 million project included replacing rotten walls and removing an old fly tower. Workers are now replacing cast stone, installing sealants, and removing scaffolding on the exterior of the building.
Batia says there have been delays due to storms and work with the design team, but he’s excited to be a part of downtown’s restoration.
“Whenever we’re talking about downtown revitalization or other developments and activities that are trying to restore the area and make it a hub for leisure and other businesses, Saenger is important for that,” he said. Said.
The Saenger Theater is not the only important part of the process.
Barq Building co-owner Lee Young says the $2 million rebuild will bring more energy to the area.
“There’s been a movement of people wanting to move back downtown instead of traditional apartments,” says Young. “People now love walking, they love biking, they love Uber, they want to go where it’s all happening.”
The mixed-use building includes 30 apartment units, retail, event space and restaurants.
Young says this will not only bring more jobs to the area, but also busier business here.
“We are very happy because we have been given nothing but compliments. We hope the community will be very happy to see the final product,” he said.
Young said the apartments should be available for rent within nine months, and the retail space should be ready in about a year.
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