Council President Sets Threefoot Meeting

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

It has almost been a year since the Meridian City Council approved the contract with HRI to revamp the Threefoot Building. But the building is no closer to resembling a high-end hotel.

"It's still not finished yet. It's still not started yet," said council president Bobby Smith. "The hold up? I don't know."

The latest hold-up is about $6.6 million HRI has told the city it needs for the project to move forward. Smith said he believes that number has been knocked down by about $1.5 million, but still he says it's a hard sell.

"If HRI wants to come in and take care of that problem, I say we go with it," Smith said. "If not, I think it will be really iffy."

Still, the councilman wants more information. He'd holding a meeting next week and has invited all the players involved.

Smith says he's tired of there being no action/ He said he's holding the meeting to come up with a solution but also to let the public know where the project stands.

"We've got to do one thing or the other," said Smith. "And if we do away with the Threefoot Building project, the building will still be standing there. We still will have the problem we've got to resolve. I'm just asking those involved to see what we can do; we've got to do something."

The meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Mississippi Power building. Along with those involved with the project, Smith wants Meridian residents to attend and offer feedback.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Alice if all remember right this was all to been done under the old mayor .. the lights and all all the moneys for studies on it.. more what was never done.. more over this project was a lie from the start.. shrugs.. never changes.. need to toss out the council too much of the same back room deals..
  • by Alice Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    What is the DEAL??? Downtown is DEAD! It has been killed by the lack of a working bridge, one-way streets that are back-___-ackward, un-timed lights. What more do you want? A hotel? I mean, really, a hotel? What "vision" are we looking at this time. SOMETHING needs to be done to revive downtown. I honestly don't know how the handfull of businesses survive. - pitiful
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:48 PM
    Meridian City Council what is your problem.. nothing about this project has been up front and you that are charged in controlling the money and making right choices with wise council has been shown for years.. this "project" shouldnt have never happened you again signed a contract that was 50% blank never have i seen a city act as this one has .. ok one and that one even the prostitutes packed and left... if any of you run a business would be shocked it is killed off years ago.. what i have seen so far of this HRI it never did its homework... no preparation but all was done to have ex mayor name and each of your names on it like all things done so far.... call the loan for kill this project.. but now it pushed as hard as it is.. i am wondering whose fingers are getting greased as well..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    Meridian is such a joke. It is a good place to be from, as long as nobody knows that is where you are from.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    oh boy.. one it was never to be built.. all was smoke and mirrors. on the last mayor for his portfolio... all the hidden parts didnt show until after he left.. why do you think he was in a hurry to leave.. and sad to say it might be such a mess dont think anyone wants to touch it..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    John Robert took a job in Washington DC. Imagine another crooked politian in Washington.
  • by voter Location: meridian on Dec 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Stop wasting tax dollars. Give the building to Mr. LALA he will turn it into something nice and not be ripping off the tax payers in the process. And yes Smith did not do this alone ALL of the representatives need to be held accountable come election day. Stop giving them more chances to tax us more.
  • by Jenny Location: Meridian, MS on Dec 11, 2009 at 01:58 AM
    I think the phrase "I told you so!" applies here. The project was a dead end from the beginning. I'm in agreement with Johnny that our former mayor did indeed receive a kickback from HRI for this project. Our city council should have listened to its people and not to those in John Robert's back pocket. We could have had a new hotel on it's way by now if the Lala plan had been chosen. Now we are still looking at this monstrosity and the taxpayers are holding the bag if the project continues. Many of us saw the writing on the wall from the beginning. How sad that our "powers that be" didn't have better judgement. This addition to "Smithville" is no longer necessary, since "Mayor Smith" is no longer in power. There are too many other things to spend our hard earned tax dollars on.
  • by tucked tail and ran on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    I wouldnt be surprised if robert smith has left meridian! lol, heck he's probably left good ol' MS period......Does anyone KNOW where JRS is???
  • by bill on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    Lets not forget the city council members that ultimately allowed this project to go through.
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