Work to Start on Threefoot

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Work is beginning to stabilize Meridian's Threefoot Building, which is slated to be a high-rise hotel.

In order for renovations to start, crews must first make sure the structure is safe for workers and others.

It's part of the overall project to renovate the Threefoot building. According to the mayor's office, securing the building's facade has become an immediate need.

Officials say there are safety concerns about the potential of bricks falling from the building, damaging nearby structures or injuring pedestrians.

"Definitely, if we don't take the brick down there is a potential that it could fall," said Paul Merritt of Southern Preservation Systems of Snellville, Ga. "What we do is repair old buildings, secure them. This has water problems with the brick veneer coming off of the terracotta back-up wall, which will cause more water to come in and cause more damage."

For the next two months, work will be focused on the corners of the building from the 14th floor down to the 12th floor. You will actually see the crew scaling the building Monday. For now they are securing the building enough to begin work.

"We have been hired to take the brick down, take the terracotta off, secure it and dry it in, so it will be weather tight," Merritt said.

Before he saw the Threefoot Building, Merritt said he imagined the damage to be more severe than it is. He said he he has worked on buildings that date back to the same period and their conditions were much worse. But this, he says, doesn't take away from the importance.

This part of the work will cost the city around $90,000. It was declared an emergency repair by former mayor John Robert Smith, and for that reason, council approval wasn't necessary.

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  • by Freddie Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    Meridian DOES own the building. That New Orleans company was suppose to buy the building from the city months back, but has not yet done so. So Meridian is pouring money into a building that it will sell to HRI when HRI decides to buy it. If they decide to buy it. And the fleecof taxpayers goes on.
  • by Kristin Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    I'm sure our "former" mayor has benefited from this in the form of $$$$. The $80 million fleece will be his legacy!
  • by Keith Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    Meridian doesn't even own the building but is still pouring money into it. I didn't realize that Meridian would pay to fix buildings owned by other people. What happened to the responsibility of the owner? This building is nothing but a money pit and someone is getting rich off of it and its not the citizens of Meridian.
  • by Freddie Location: Meridian on Jul 16, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    Get ready Meridian. The $80 million fleece is getting started.
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