Threefoot Society Attempting to Beautify Building

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Meridian, Mississippi The Threefoot Preservation Society formed earlier this summer and now meets on a monthly basis to talk about ways to keep the building from deteriorating any more than it already has.

The society says it is not raising any money to remodel or renovate Meridian's tallest building. Instead, the society says it is simply an advocacy group with the mission of trying to save the building.

"It's going to be a slow process for us because we're just normal, average people," Steven LaBiche says. "But you know, you can't do everything, but we can do something and that's what we're going to do."

"What we're trying to do is raise enough money to make it look attractive," Elliott Street points out. "And to do some stabilization, meaning seal up the windows and try to repoint some of the bricks, stuff like that."

Street says he would like to see the building be transformed into a multi purpose humanities center, equipped with acting and artist studios, as well as arts and science museums.

"Tutoring center," he adds. "Move our library and our other media centers into the facility. Basically, put all of our humanities under one roof, so to speak."

Street says several years ago, HRI was looking to redevelop the building for around $55 million. He says in his opinion, the work could be done for less though. Street tells Newscenter 11 the Threefoot Preservation Society is in the process of trying to buy supplies to clean up the outside of the building.

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