How will a new city administration affect the future of the Threefoot Hotel Project?
Mayor Cheri Barry and the city council, with a new member, got an update Monday from the company doing the first stage of the renovation.
The new Meridian administration was learning about the state of the Threefoot Hotel Project, just as residents were, during the power point presentation by Historic Restoration Incorporation representative Josh Collen.
There was a lot of information to absorb and still a lot of unanswered questions, a sign of more meetings to come.
Residents were brought up to speed on what has been done and what needs to be done and how the community can help make that happen.
Collen says the $55 million hotel project seems to be on schedule and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is expected to open in April 2011. He says the city's risk has been slightly reduced and the city council says 6th Street and 7th Street won't close because of this project.
But plans for a banquet facility and questions about what are the plans, if any, for the Kress, Newberry and Club Mercedes buildings, were not discussed during the presentation.
Key players such as the Riley Center, Riley Foundation and Mississippi State University could benefit greatly from a banquet space. But HRI officials say they have offered to sit and talk to resolve the issue, but parties have refused. Some say the space is crucial to the success of this project.
Collen says even though a building is not secured, a banquet facility would be complete by the time the hotel opens its doors.
Residents say what was evident is there is still a lot of work to be done and loopholes to get through in order to complete the project. Mayor Barry says more planning sessions will be scheduled soon.