Historic Restorations Inc. is renovating Meridian's Threefoot Building. In the coming months, officials say there's a lot of work to do.
Work is ongoing to repair the facade and there still is much more to be done before this building is turned into a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel by April 2011.
"A project like this, at a time like this, puts you ahead of the curve and allows you to really generate some good activity downtown," said HRI representative Josh Collen.
Collen says finalizing the design, permitting, site control, financing and construction are all on the long to-do-list. Here's what's expected in the months to come:
In August, HRI and Marriott officials will confirm design plans. Officials also hope to finalize terms for acquiring the Trustmark Bank building and use of the old BellSouth building.
Officials have to find funds to purchase the Trustmark building, which is estimated at $1.5 million.
"And as a council, and as a mayor, and as citizens, it's really about believing in yourself and in your downtown," said Collen.
In September, HRI will apply for a demolition permit to start gutting out the inside of the building. In October or November, officials hope to have designs approved. In February 2010, the company will apply for a full building permit.
And the demolition of the parking garage behind the Threefoot and Trustmark should start in April 2010.
"So we're looking at construction, actually changing the Threefoot into a hotel in April," Collen said. "And it becomes a beautiful hotel that the city can be proud of."