Threefoot Project Lacks Funds

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Historic Restorations Incorporated and the City of Meridian's attempt to turn the downtown Meridian Threefoot building in to a hotel will apparently cost several million more dollars.

Following Tuesday night's Meridian City Council meeting, Mayor Cheri Barry confirmed that HRI needs an additional $6.6 million to do the work. City officials don't know where the money will come from. According to the mayor's office, HRI isn't asking that the city come up with the money. Instead, officials say company representatives want to work with the city to raise the additional money from outside sources.

This news only serves to make those residents already uneasy about the project even more skeptical. Local merchant Sam Dabit says he isn't confident the project will ever move forward.

"I really have no idea what to expect. It may take another ten years or twenty years who knows what tomorrow brings," said Dabit.

However, another downtown Meridian business owner is still optimistic and hopes the two groups are able to see the project to completion.

"I think the Threefoot building is related to the heart of downtown, and I think it should stay there," said Neubern Atkinson, who owns Lucas Road Art Gallery.

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry wasn't sure of a time line from this point forward.

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  • by Huffy Location: LAUDREHELL on Nov 24, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    ok, tok(w) if you say some here are human, as you are also, well I reckon we's just gonna have to take yo' wherd fo' it. but I'm gonna maintain that i am either one of a lower sort or xtremly advanced for my stage of development not sure which aliens landed me here and do not care to ponder as I's too busy throwin' wrenches in the spokes of what i wreckomend be taken down as the old school is over the time to let the children be our future is now. ...another $6.6 million...yep that's what is needed...NOT! Huffy 601-604-3256
  • by ed on Nov 21, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    yup yup the sad part Roger is they are all fighting to bring it back ... like most make it look good and right, rather then have there what will do what is good and right
  • by Roger Location: Lauderdale on Nov 21, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    no wonder people in the other cities in Mississippi laugh at meridian
  • by ed on Nov 20, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Mark the trouble is with the deal the old mayor did in the set up of this mess.. what can be exposed and not and when is contract set to break that is breach of contract. The old mayor wasnt so dumb all this he has done was for him and him only to boast his Bio. all things were thought through only to set himself to look like he was doing good.. when he retired as mayor would net himself a good pay job. see no matter what he did all supported him and what groups counted was the NAACP and a few others like that... again these groups see color not results as they have proven. they and the old mayor shown leadership well NOT.. all looked good nothing came out of it but we tried.... all that matters.. the best way to help Berry is to back her 100% and a few good business lawyers to crush this contract and see if Lolli will come back into the project and let him do what has to be done... tell history group butt out if it has to come down so be it.
  • by AreYouKiddinMe on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:12 PM
    To CMM: You may want to rethink the next time you're trying to correct someone. Your comment is loaded with errors of its own, PAL!
  • by Mark Location: Meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    I still maintain that Cheri Barry and her administration would do well to show a new level of openness and transparency and show the people of Meridian the contract executed by John Robert Smith between the City of Meridian and HRI. Good governance and transparency demand it. I wish that she would also have the courage to admit that she's been playing politics all along and since day one wanted the project killed. She and her leadership team, comprised of individuals who have zero government experience, rushed into this on a crusade to blame JRS and his administration (whether right or wrong) for all of Meridian's ills. It takes courage to govern - even when you have to stand up for what's right and for what isn't popular. Standing in opposition isn't leadership, Mrs. Barry.
  • by ed on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    well flat have a few things here remember the two that wanted the building HRI and Lolly now this HIR is the expert on this well the history they have all over the state had shown other wise the other has hotels here and proven record... but the catch here was SAVE THE HISTORY cry came ... like city hall.. no one learned from that mess .... so they do it again... yes i agree to keep history but at what price... there are times you have to say no more.. this will die soon very soon and HIR will have a way out the city will be holding the bag as still no one still knows what is in that contract the other mayor signed.. like playing cards and the other has all the high cards up the sleeve ...
  • by rob Location: meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Although the big picture points to JRS, lets not forget that the city council could have put a stop to this as well. It was their vote that let the project go The only ones not to blame are George Thomas and Barbara Henson for voting against it.
  • by Marsha Location: Meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    TEAR IT DOWN OR IMPLODE IT! I don't see the city giving money to other historical building that need to be remodeled. Why this one? It doesn't make any sense to remodel this building. It is an eyesore to me!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Hmmmmm...wondering why nobody saw this coming. How much longer before they come out needing an additional $4 or $5 million. And then some more down the road. Face it. The cost is going to rise and guess who going to pay for it. Certainly not HRI.
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