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.