East Mississippi State Hospital made way for a new facility Monday morning.
The former James T. Champion Building, constructed in the early 1950s, was decommissioned. At the time, it was state-of-the-art.
Officials say they hope to be able to replace it with a building that better meets modern needs.
"In hopes of moving forward with the new $23 million receiving unit that we hope will replace this building here in the near future. Certainly, that's to provide better facilities, not only for the clients, but for their families and staff here at East Mississippi. And that's what we want to do, provide the best facilities possible," said Rick Barry, member of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health.
Barry said removing the old building is the first step in securing a new facility, hopefully, when the economy improves.
After this building was shut down in 2004 and a new building with the same name was built at the Reginald P. White Nursing Facility, located across from the Soccer Complex on Old 8th Street Rd.