New hotel, townhouses, planned construction in Biloxi MS

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A replica of the historic brick Tullis Manor, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, will be built west of an 11-story hotel tower under the proposed Tullis Garden Resort on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi .

The Tullis Gardens Hotel will combine old Biloxi architecture and a replica of Tullis Mansion with a 200-room hotel and conference center – without losing any trees on site.

Biloxi architect Frank Genzer presented plans for the resort on Tuesday to Biloxi City Council, which also considered plans for townhouses and short-term rentals near the beach.

The city owns the land where the former Tullis Mansion stood before it was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina at 360 Beach Boulevard in East Biloxi. It is just west of the Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino Resort.

The developers are Luke and Ashley Lindsey, who, according to Genzer, came to visit Biloxi and liked it so much they moved as a family to the city.

The couple’s priorities are to conserve all of the live oaks and other trees on the property, Genzer said, and to rebuild Tullis Mansion which was built in 1856.

Genzer said he tried to emulate the historic architecture of Biloxi and that “the shape of the buildings was dictated by the trees we were committed to saving.”

The design around the trees moved the original location of the red-brick mansion about 25 feet west of the original location, Genzer said.

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A replica of the Tullis Mansion will be built as part of the Tullis Garden Hotel on East Biloxi Beach. Rendered by Frank Genzer Architects

The amenities of the resort

To the east of the rebuilt Tullis, which will be used as an events center, will be the 11-story luxury hotel overlooking the water, Genzer said.

Also included in the plans:

  • Howard Avenue side retail and restaurants
  • Pools behind an arched wall at the front of the resort
  • Inspired by the old Buena Vista Hotel bridge, a 75-seat restaurant will sit atop the hotel tower
  • The complex will have 80,000 square feet of convention space
  • The gardens and water gardens will conform to Old Biloxi, Genzer said and a shoofly will be added that was not originally in Tullis but is “typical of Biloxi”, he said.
  • A pedestrian crossing from the hotel to a new pier
  • There will be parking in the garage, valet parking and surface parking under the trees

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A rendering of the night view shows the Tullis Garden hotel project in East Biloxi from a pier that is part of the project. Rendered by Frank Genzer Architects

Biloxi City Council has unanimously approved an option to purchase the property. The price will be determined by the average of two appraisals, project attorney Robert Schwartz said, plus 25%. The city will choose appraisers and a minimum of $2.25 million is included, he said.

Asked about a percentage chance of the station being built, Schwarts said it’s not a business where people show a few drawings. He said developers spent $150,000 on designs before coming to council for approval of an option to buy the land.

More beach projects

The council also approved other residential projects along or near Biloxi Beach, as well as a medical marijuana dispensary:

Elliott Homes will build 40 townhouses for short term rentals east of Holiday Inn Express and Jubilee Hotel at 1654 Beach Blvd. The townhouses will have sprinkler systems, said Jerry Creel, director of community development for Biloxi, and a separate entrance from the Oak Shores apartments behind the development.

A medical marijuana dispensary will be built at 771 Water Street, which is within walking distance of the Beau Rivage and Hard Rock casinos, but not easily visible from US 90.

A duplex for short term rental at 197 First Street at the corner of Cedar Street, with a golf cart for tenants’ use, said architect Gerald Hopkins.

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Elliott Homes is building Pointe Breeze at Grande View luxury beachfront homes in Biloxi. directly opposite the Grand View apartments. Hannah Ruhof The Herald of the Sun

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The site of the former Tullis-Toledano mansion, which was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi. Developers have proposed a $140 million hotel project on the empty land and pledged to retain all trees. Hannah Ruhof The Herald of the Sun

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The site of the former Tullis-Toledano mansion, which was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi. Developers have proposed a $140 million hotel project on the empty land and pledged to retain all trees. Hannah Ruhof The Herald of the Sun
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An empty lot at 1654 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi is where Biloxi Council has approved Elliot Homes to build 40 townhouses for short-term rentals. Hannah Ruhof The Herald of the Sun

This story was originally published November 22, 2022 4:38 p.m.

Mary Perez has won awards for her articles on business and casinos for the Sun Herald. She also writes about Biloxi, jobs and new restaurants and developments coming to the coast. She’s a fourth-generation journalist.

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