All 72 units of the St. Charles Condominiums, 1550 Beach Blvd., were lost to Hurricane Katrina, and the future of the Biloxi property is still up in the air. |
"The units were individually owned and the owners are holding a general membership meeting June 3 in Jackson to decide what they are going to do," said Sandra Cain of Cain Realty, who pre-sold all of the units. "It will be a very democratic process."
St. Charles included a building running east and west which was wiped out, and another that ran north and south that was so heavily damaged it had to be razed. Yates Construction Co. demolished and cleared the area but left the original concrete foundation and piers, under which owners and renters of the condos had parked cars.
The condominiums on 1.7 acres were built in 1996-97 on the north side of the highway. Included were 51 two-bedroom, two-bath condos, and 21 one-bedroom, one-bath units.
"St. Charles was family-oriented, a well-maintained and operated complex," said Cain. It was gated for privacy.
In addition to the covered parking area, it included three levels of condos with beach view from the balconies.
Cain said several issues will be decided at the membership meeting. "They could decide to rebuild or to sell the property," she added. "It will be determined by majority vote."
"We have worked with St. Charles since 1996, and we would like to see them come back," said Cain, who operates Cain Realty with her husband, James, and daughter, Susan.
The condo complex was named for the street along its border, St. Charles Avenue, which is the western edge of a quaint, tree-lined old Biloxi neighborhood known as The Saints.
- GARY HOLLAND