Front street re-opens, one-step closer to MAEEX grand opening

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - After more than a month of frustrating, downtown detours and delays, Front Street has re-opened.

Front Street re-opened to traffic in both directions Monday, because crews are wrapping up work on the exterior of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience. Nearby business owners are glad things are getting back to normal.

"We are hoping that not only will we see the businesses that are here grow but also the new businesses coming in, new shopping, new everything. The more that we have, the more we can offer," said Brian Driskill, manager at Weidmann’s Restaurant.

The MAEEX will be an important part of Meridian's downtown revitalization plan.

"We're hoping that it's going to ignite that spark that ignites that future business, the future openings downtown. More visitors, more businesses coming downtown to relocate and in other places around the city as well,” said Laura Carmichael, Community Development Director of Meridian.

Nearby businesses are looking forward to the 50 million dollar project's grand opening in late April.

"So we've kind of expanded already but we're really excited to see the numbers kind of grow in the next few years even as the word of the Arts and Entertainment Experience kind of gets out in front of everyone," said Driskill.

The MAEEX will likely jump-start the local economy.

"We see the real boost in the economy and look forward to those things that are going to come as a result," said Carmichael.

The MAEEX will celebrate its grand opening gala April 27th.