Threefoot Announcement Omits City

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A national headline-making announcement that Meridian's Threefoot Building was placed on an endangered list by the National Trust for Historic Preservation did not include an invitation to the building's owner.

Former mayor John Robert Smith was conspicuously present for the announcement. Current Mayor Cheri Barry was conspicuously absent. She says she wasn't invited. So what's going on here?

Because the city of Meridian is the owner of the Threefoot Building, Barry said she believes it was only appropriate for her and city council members to be included in the announcement.

Barry says she is very dedicated to seeing the Threefoot property have a future life, but she says this isn't the way to do it.

"It doesn't matter how this was initiated," said Barry. "The fact that it was and without the permission or guidance of the mayor's office and council, and I think it is inappropriate. The citizens have given me a right to protect their resources."

The director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust, David Preziosi, said Thursday by phone that his organization was responsible for creating the invitation list. He says the mayor was not intentionally slighted, but that in retrospect, inviting the property owner would have been a good idea.

"I feel like we were deliberately left off the guest list because I have been in favor of saving it, but not under the same structure set up by the past administration," said Barry.

Barry says she was told by a representative of the Mississippi Heritage Trust that the group had been working with an individual in Meridian to organize the event.

At this point, the mayor says she isn't concerned with the details, but is concerned that the community doesn't seem to be working together.

The mayor said she doesn't think this sends a good message to the rest of the country.

"We cannot do this with people going off on different agendas and not staying behind the 8 ball in making the best decisions for the people of Mississippi," she said.

Barry says she is currently working with private developers to try and find a future life for the property.

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  • by clear your clouded minds Location: meridian on May 27, 2010 at 01:37 AM
    Think again -- Mayor Barry pulled the strings inviting JRSmith, therefore, orchestrated the whole ceremony --making sure she wasn't invited in order to round up idiot follower like you to back the buildings destruction. Wake up. She wants it gone. you shouldn't. she's sleeping with the devil. Lala - Barry - interstate hotels are her focus. The 3foot only stands in the way of a Holiday Inn monopoly.
  • by fedup Location: meridian on May 25, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    Knock that old, ugly, useless building down and let's get on with life. Then we should sue JRS for putting Meridian in such a stupid position. One million should have brought it down and hauled it off!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    simple it cost too much get rid of it.. then let new come in and do better.. sheesh all this mess is all from the past
  • by Just me Location: County on May 23, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    Power, greed, money. Keep it up Meridian and Lauderdale County! And you wonder why everywhere else in the State sees development? Mayor Berry is trying, you don't change the "Good Ole Boy" Network. As far as furloughs and cut backs, Sounds better to me than unemployment. Be happy you have a job.
  • by D-Train Location: Meridian on May 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    Hey Anonymous, it's spelled "Blame"!!!! Go back to school and learn how to spell, is that really that hard to understand?? Pencil-neck geek!!!
  • by David Location: Meridian on May 22, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    I find a bit of irony in the mayor's statement that this incident does not send good message to the rest of the county. This situation came to light because of her. She has created the "bad" publicity she is so upset about.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    D-Train. I'll serve you on toast. You are still wanting to blaim the current administration, when those deals were signed by the former administration. Is it really that hard to understand?
  • by D-Train Location: Meridian on May 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    Hey, all of you can "Bite Me"!!! It doesn't take research to know that whether it was $1 Million or $15 Million in a deal that we got nothing out of, was a bonehead decision!!! It's still the "Good Ole" Boy/Girl Network in control!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on May 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    Look People Mayor Barry is not 100% better nor any better than John Robert Smith. I would Question Our new Mayor. She is not Mayor Material.From what i have been hearing from people in the higher ups. She is in way over her head and should not be Mayor. She has no experience in the political field to even be Mayor. When She Worked for American Red Cross money came up missing and she was the last one to touch it. not going to say she stole it. i think she was irresponsible with handling the money and probably lost it. And her being put in the Mayors spot comes from someone whom had a lot of money helped her out more like her husband whom is an attorney. Is this the kind of Mayor you want that cant handle Money real well, no experience in political field?. I wouldn't. Her and the city council are full of BS about not getting the message when they did. Thumbs up to bobby smith for showing up to the meeting. find that odd. bobby smith shows up and no one else.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    The city should demolish the 3 foot building and sell raffle tickets at $10 each to see who gets to push the plunger. maybe help recoup some of the money the city spent on the last failed attempt to turn it into a hotel.
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