MAEC Dedicated to Downtown

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The future of the long-awaited Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is in the news.

Newscenter 11 reported Saturday that New Wine Ministries, a downtown church, is moving out of the former Montana's building. Leaders said they were being forced out, because the arts and entertainment center was going to be built there.

Monday, MAEC wanted to clear up some issues. Board member, Clay Holladay, who handles public relations for MAEC, said the the group hasn't purchased property yet, but is dedicated to the downtown area. But Holladay says no plans have been finalized.

"The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is focused in looking at putting a facility in downtown Meridian and we have not finalized that yet," said Holladay. "But we are focusing on downtown. At this point, we haven't hired an architect, so at this point, there are no plans for us to demolish buildings or anything."

Holladay does say the project is further along than it ever has been and that, hopefully, there will be exciting news in the future. As for how soon that could be, Holladay wouldn't say.


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