Frank Berry Courts Reopens

A renovation is complete for a local housing project that had fallen on hard times. Meridian's Frank Berry Courts has undergone a makeover.

The new complex adds freshness to a community that was long overdue for a face-lift.

"The revitalization of Frank Berry Courts breathes new life into this community. This community had got to the point where it was very desolate, residents were moving, and the revitalization of it breathed new life into this community," said Ronald Turner, Sr., executive director of Meridian Housing Authority. "We're just so happy that this initiative has been a successful initiative."

"The revitalization of Frank Berry Courts shows the strength of this community," said Mayor Cheri Barry. "To have all of our community partners together under one umbrella, working towards the quality of life for the citizens of meridian is unbelievable."

Now that the housing development is open, it is left in the hands of the residents to make it truly a community.

"The key to this is resident involvement. We're asking that our residents get involved in every phase of this operation," said Turner. "We've got community supportive services for our residents. We've partnered with the school district, and it's a community partnership that's going to be important in keeping this community together."

This project is just one way officials say all of Meridian is revitalized together.

"I think that when the community sees all the partners working together, it brings economic development," said Barry. "It shows that we're all on the same page; it shows us working together. It shows we want a strong Meridian and we want to build Meridian to the way she should be."

Frank Berry Courts was originally built back in 1939. The rebuild cost about $8.5 million. The money was provided through the federal stimulus program.

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  • by Charles Foster Offdensen Location: Meridian on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    @Black Doctor, The housing projects are 90-95% black occupied just from what Ive seen. They operate on a broken model/theory. Give the blacks free everything and theyll become model citizens. Thats never been the case. Any adult knows that the only way we appreciate things in life is to actually work and struggle to obtain them. Has anyone ever know anyone who had everything handed to them and ended up appreciating it? Think about any spoiled rich kid and its the same thing in the projects. Theyre entitled to it, right? We go through every 10 years and rebuild the projects because they have so little class as to demolish them every 5-10 years. And, NO, all black folks arent like that. There are many fine black folks who work hard and struggle just like I do. I call quite a few of these my friends. But theyre not leeches on society. Its really not a black/white issue in general. Its more about a small but ever growing minority of black folks who allow us, the taxpayers, to raise their children and at the same time they fill their heads with entitlement garbage, 'were entitled to this because were black'. Why is it that there are no black leaders who teach personal responsibility anymore? Thats where it needs to start.
  • by Student Location: Meridian on Oct 11, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    I think people should not judge the people that live there. I am a single parent of one, a full time student (and I will have my master in a few months), and I have a full time job. I also live in Frankberry court, so not everyone over there is ghetto and not working.I needed a place for me and my child that was not 6 to 7 hundred dollars a month. Everyone that live in Frankberry are not like people are saying. If you think it is so wrong for a person like me to live in an apt. that I can afford to live in then I feel sorry for you. These apartment save me 200 dollars a month on rent which means I only pay 400 a month and I do not have to live check to check. So please people do not judge others if you do not know what you are talking about.
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      by Charles Foster Offdensen on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM in reply to Student
      I applaud you, student, for getting your education but you do miss a large portion of the problem here. You say you live in the government subsidized apartments so you 'dont have to live check to check.' What you seem clueless to is that the majority of folks, these days, DO LIVE CHECK TO CHECK. Struggling is a part of life. Its how we learn to appreciate the good and plentiful times. Once you take away that struggle from an entire generation of people and subsidize their living, well, you end up with a generation of folks who feel entitled. Times get rough, just put in for a subsidy, dont worry about tightening the old financial belt. But still, I do comment you on getting your education,
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Military folks, help me out here. Many moons ago I was married into the Air Force, and families received BAS (Basic Allowance for Sustenance?). If you had one child, then had a second, your BAS increased, but not if you had a third or more. If you had more than two kids, fine, but the gov't would only give BAS for the first two. And these are for WORKING families SERVING OUR COUNTRY. And to the good doctor? Our tax dollars SHOULD be going toward creating jobs, rather than handouts to those unwilling to work.
  • by Julie Location: meridian on Oct 7, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    These people need jobs to get out of the ghetto! But the city thought that it would be better in the long run to dress up the ghetto! Way to go!!! Lets keep the poor people poor in Meridian but with new and improved slums!! Really?????
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      by Barney on Oct 9, 2011 at 05:01 PM in reply to Julie
      These people dont want to work. They would rather have it given too them. They have no pride. They would rather work the system for every nickle they have. They think they are owed every thing.
  • by Fred Location: Newton on Oct 7, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    In one year it will look just like it did before WE ( the taxpayers) remodled it. As long as the government using free handouts to influence votes and the public opinion these ghettos will remain. Its so sad that most of these people believe they are OWED this because they are from a certain ethnic group or they did have all the perks growing up or they come up with some other lame excuse to not work for living. So sad this once great country is turning into a 3rd world country of scum who play on people emotions.
  • by Lee Location: Meridian on Oct 6, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    Just like all the blacks would do if the government went in and remodeled 85 white family homes. Sad thing is I work and pay taxes and don't Live in a nice brand new apartment paid for by the government. I live in a trailer that I have to pay for and have nowhere safe to go if the weather gets bad. My kids don't get to eat all the food that kids get to eat that have parents with an ebt card. Then you go to get in your car and the very person that just used that ebt card gets in a BMW .I'm not a scholar but I can't figure that out. We tax people to death for that. ____ hoot.
  • by Ed Location: LaUderdale on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    To the black doctor. You talk about not enough taxes coming out of her check to buy food. Remind me never to come see you. Any idiot can calculate what food cost and how much taxes are taken from a person making minimum wage. You must be a street doctor. The state of Mississippi needs to start giving drug test to everybody that receives welfare and if they fail cut that check until they can pass one. If they fail it a second time cut them off for life. Then start limiting the number of children the government will pay for to two children period. Do not increase money for each child you have and that's for black and white. You could pay off the national debt in about 5 years if you did that. Black doctor, you think you could go build that poor girl that don't pay enough taxes in to feed one of those families a house. Probably not. Atleast she is a decent enough to have a job unlike 90% of them that live at the frank. But then again they're probably your street patients in which you get your income. Also commen sense tells you the majority of this country are working class people that tote the note. You my black doctor need to educate yourself.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM in reply to Ed
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    I do not have problem helping those needing help, just make it mandatory to get government help you must pass a drug test any and every time it is required. No problem right.
  • by KB Location: Meridian on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    White people will never change its in their blood to hate,they smile in your face and blog racist comments behind your back.
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      by Me on Oct 7, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to KB
      Yep, it's called MISSISSIPPI always have, always will. I personaley don't care what someones race is, as long as they are trying to help themselves.
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        by Hello on Oct 9, 2011 at 07:11 PM in reply to Me is not called Mississippi!! Your stupid!!!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to KB
      You are an idiot!
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      by FRED on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM in reply to KB
      Yep another one who thinks society owes them some thing.
  • by Black DOCTOR on Oct 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Not everyone there is looking for a handout. There are students, single mothers, people who want better jobs but can't get them. FYI..WHITE people live there too. White people come to my clinic high and drunk all the time with dirty children that they havent bathed. WHITEGIRL get on MY level before u talk about anyone. ____, the lil taxes they take out your little check prob cant even buy these people a piece of chicken.
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