The Mississippi town of Biloxi was chosen by the music giant Universal Music Group as one of the first three locations that would host its new UMUSIC Hotels, news emerged late last week.
Universal’s Biloxi hotel will be part of a $1.2 billion casino resort built on the site of the former Broadwater Beach Resort in the area.
In a press release on Friday, Universal said that its first three UMUSIC Hotels, with the other two scheduled for Atlanta and Orlando, will each represent the distinctive spirit of their host cities and draw inspiration from their local culture and musical heritage.
Biloxi is the only place of the three where casino gambling is allowed. Casinos must have at least 300 hotel rooms, fine dining, and facilities under Mississippi law that will draw new crowds to the market instead of only stealing business from existing casinos.
In June, real estate developer Broadwater Development LLP announced plans to build a $1.2 billion casino resort at the former Broadwater Beach Resort, which was built in the late 1930s and originally served on a 600-foot pier as an illegal casino.
Over the years, it developed and converted into a luxury house. Since Hurricane Katrina, the former resort has stood empty.
A tourism tax incentive that Broadwater Development had requested in June was approved by the Biloxi City Council to redevelop the 266-acre property and open a casino, hotel, spa, golf course, and other amenities.
With an estimated cost of $1.2 billion, the most costly property of this kind ever constructed in South Mississippi will be the proposed resort.
As noted in Universal’s press release, the UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel in Biloxi will offer luxury accommodation and an amazing performance venue. Renderings reported by the music corporation show a semi-circular, sleek silver hotel building with glass spanning much of the facade of the hotel. A large video board is installed at the centre of the hotel to be accessible from far away.
Developers also intend to rebuild, as seen in the renderings, the Broadwater Marina. 15 years ago, the marina was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Universal said Friday that with its new concept of UMUSIC Hotels it wants to help “people discover new ways to channel their love for music and the arts and help empower the transformation of communities worldwide through cultural, inspirational, creative, and conscious collaboration.”
On why they chose to bring the experience of UMUSIC Hotels to Biloxi, Universal said that they select “inviting and influential cities, rich in music culture, where there is always more to discover.”
The UMUSIC Hotel and its planned resort are expected to create more than 2,500 full-time and part-time jobs for local residents. And it should also be noted that the project has the blessing of Gov. Tate Reeves. The top official in Mississippi said, “This will be a great partnership that will provide a lot of fun and economic growth for the people of Mississippi.”
A representative for the casino resort project brought preliminary plans to the Mississippi Gaming Commission, but Allen Godfrey, executive director of the regulator, said last week that an official proposal is still to be tabled by developers.