Threefoot Building Cleanup Project Saturday

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Meridian, Miss. A newly-formed group, The Threefoot Preservation Society, has received permission from the city to go into the Threefoot Building Saturday to begin cleaning it.

The group hopes it's the first step in a cleanup and eventual renovation of the long dormant downtown building.

The Threefoot Society has permission to clean the outside lower floors.

Elliot Street said he hopes that soon they will be able to clean it floor by floor.

"I can't tell you how excited I am about this because this will be the first time in at least 8 years that the building has been cleaned for any particular reason," said Street. "Of course we're able to get in because the city wants to be able to get developers interested in the building."

The Threefoot Building was constructed in 1929, but the onset of the great depression hit hard. Many businesses called the Threefoot home, all the way up to the late 1990s before being abandoned completely.

"In the late 90s the building was in use. In fact you still see the signs that say The Threefoot Deli," said Street. "There were several businesses on the first floor; there was a computer store on the other side on the first floor."

The Threefoot Building has had many restoration plans over the years but all have failed.

The 16-story Threefoot Building was built in 1929; it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and named as a Mississippi landmark in 2008. The National Trust for Historic Buildings put it on its list of America's most endangered historic places three years ago.