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I have heard rumors that the Art Deco Threefoot Building may be converted into a hotel- possibly something like a Marriott Courtyard. Unfortunately, there's nothing definite just yet. If anyone has any info. on this, please post.....

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From the Meridian website...

“This local landmark, the tallest building downtown, is awaiting renovation possibly into a beautiful hotel complete with conference rooms. Its intricate Art Deco architecture makes it a unique structure on the downtown skyline.”

I hope that something may come of this speculation. The renovation is mentioned on the current projects page at the Dale and Associates website, but there are no details.

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That is one of my favorite buildings in the South. Whenever it is converted, I'm sure the finished product will be a true gem for all of Mississippi and the South, for that matter. I hope it happens soon...Here is a photo of that beautiful structure. Such wonderful detail....

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The Kress building in Meridian will become the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. From the Meridian Star...

http://www.meridianstar.com/articles/2006/...story/kress.txt

The Jewish community in Mississippi has an interesting history. There was a flourishing Jewish community in Woodville (where I lived for a number of years) , but they left en masse when the boll weevil destroyed the cotton industry there. The Jewish Cemetery survives and is being restored. The synagogue, unfortunately, did not survive a fire years later.

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I haven't seen any posts about this city here so I decided to start this thread for anyone to voice their opinions of the city or any new development.

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Mill Complex Near Meridian Burns, but Most of the Complex is Rescued

According to this article in the Meridian Star, the Burlington Mill complex burned recently. Apparently, most of the complex was rescued, but there was apparently a lot of damage. Does anyone know anything more about this mill? The article suggests that it is undergoing conversion into offices.

Here's the link--the hyperlink doesn't appear to work.

http://www.meridianstar.com/articles/2006/...-burlington.txt

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Threefoot Building Deal Near Completion!!

The Meridian Star reports today that a contract for the Threefoot Buildinjg will be signed shortly. A Jackson developer (David Watkins???) plans to convert the building into a mid-range hotel with 200 rooms. I'm guessing Marriott Courtyard or Hilton Garden here. The Hnedak Bobo Group of Memphis is doing the design work. They have done lots of hotel and casino work. This should be a good project to watch!

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Riley Center Creates Opportunity

The anticipated completion of the Riley Center for the Performing Arts in downtown MEridian creates an excellent opportunity for other downtown businesses to thrive. Once the Threefoot Building has been turned into a hotel, this could well be the beginning of a major downtown renaissance for the city.

Article from the Meridian Star

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Threefoot Building Funding Gets Closer

Officials from the USDA had a tour of the Threefoot Building today before they go to Washington to secure funding for the project. The GO Zone funding should be in order by June.

Meridian Star- article

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Threefoot Building Funding Gets Closer

Officials from the USDA had a tour of the Threefoot Building today before they go to Washington to secure funding for the project. The GO Zone funding should be in order by June.

Meridian Star- article

That's great news!

It's great to see that the Threefoot Building has a bright future ahead of it. :D

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Riley Center to Open in September

The Riley Center for the Performing Arts will open in September. This should prove to be a great addition to downtown Meridian's arts and entertainment scene.

The Meridian Star

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Threefoot Building Project Needs Investors

The project for conversion of the Threefoot Building into a hotel has been given an 18 month extension while investors in the project are sought. Given the opening of the Riley Center nearby, I'm surprised that no one has come forward. I'd thought there was already an investor in Jackson interested in the project. If downtown Meridian is to be a success, this project needs to go forward.

The Meridian Star

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I hope it works out for them in Meridian. The Shaw Arts Center opened in downtown BR last year and has done wonders in revitalizing the area. Hotels are following now. The Threefoot is too impressive a building to just be sitting there condemned/unused. A hotel could mean more restaurants too.

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Threefoot Building Plans Move Forward

Plans for the Threefoot Building are moving forward, though the city has still not announced whether or not the building will serve as a hotel. This is still the most likely use for the building, but a definite announcement has not yet been made.

The Meridian Star

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HRI to Redevelop the Threefoot Building as a Hotel

Plans were announced today to redevelop the Threefoot Building into a hotel. The hotel brand has not been named yet, but this company has worked with Hilton and Marriott brands in past projects. FYI, this is the same company which is restoring the King Edward in Jackson. This is terrific news for Meridian. The Riley Center is expected to open next month, so the prospect of a new hotel will be especially welcome. The good news doesn't stop there....HRI plans to acquire several other downtown properties for renovation.

The Meridian Star

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City Closes Deal on Threefoot Building

The City of Meridian and HRI have closed a deal which should set things in motion for actual development to begin within 14 months. WHile this may seem like a long period, much preliminary work still needs to be done. In the end, it is likely that a company like Hilton or Marriott will be brought in to manage the property. Stay tuned for more developments.

The Meridian Star

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Thanks for the updates. Great news for Meridian. Were they ever thinking of imploding the 15-story tower at one time? No way! That would have been ashame. Mixed-use seems to be the way to go. That's good to see the Arts Center compliments the hotel. Increasing chances of sucess.

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As far as I know, implosion never crossed their minds, but I can't speak for the City Council. I trust that this will go forward. Note the the groundbreaking ceremony for the King Edward in Jackson was held today. HRI seems to get its projects done....Here's hope!

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The MSU Riley Center is Open!

The restoration of the Marks-Rothenberg Building and the Grand Opera House is complete! Mississippi State University took charge of the project and saw it to its completion. This should be a real jewel for downtown end ought to provide a starting point for the restoration of more of the city. Meridian has some remarkably good buildings. It's great to see that this project has been completed. I look forward to seeing more developments in Meridian.

The Clarion Ledger

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HRI Begins Planning Process for the Threefoot Building

HRI's plans for the Threefoot Building are now under development. It will be great to see this handsome building come to life again. The article suggests that there may be an addition with meeting and retail space. Adding another stair at the rear of the building may also be a necessity. The possibility of including large suites with roof terraces on the upper floors is a good idea.

The Meridian Star

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I'm familiar with Meridian and what's so interesting to me is that its population is steady declining. Meridian population is around 38,000 and I have no idea why people are not moving to meridian its a great and beautiful place to live.

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