Visitors to City Hall will have to park in the public lot behind the building beginning Wednesday morning, as contractors demolishing the adjoining annex will have heavy equipment and debris on site for the next several weeks.
Contractors are working on the interior of the annex this week, and are expected to begin working on the exterior on Monday. However, heavy equipment is expected to begin moving in to the parking lot sometime Wednesday.
The City Hall annex, originally built in 1945 and heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, is being demolished to provide more downtown public parking. The city’s finance division, which had been housed in the annex, months ago moved to the old Biloxi Public Library building, a block south on Lameuse Street, across from the Half Shell Oyster House.
The demolition of the annex is expected to be completed in several weeks, and at some point, will require a nighttime closure of a block-section of Lameuse Street.
The $149,000 demolition of the annex, which is being done by Twin L Construction, is being funded by FEMA.
Photos: To see photos of the annex and the former Biloxi Public Library that has been refurbished to house the city’s finance division, click here.