Historic District Meeting Called

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Residents in the Poplar Springs Historic District have received invitations to a public meeting this Monday to open the dialog between government, developers, and residents.

"The meeting will strictly discuss the character of the neighborhood, and how to preserve that character of a historical district," say Barry.

One topic that will not be on the agenda is the concern that some residents have raised about a Dollar General store being constructed near the historic district.

"This is about opening up all of our channels of communication," says Barry, "and how we can protect the integrity of the Poplar Springs Historic neighborhood."

The meeting is set for 5:15 PM Monday at City Hall.

Barry says she will have an agenda of topics to run through, but any further questions will be fielded as well.


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  • by mdn never changes on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    I've been gone from Meridian for 20 years and I see nothing changes. The snobs still run the place. There are 2 Dollar Generals and a Family Dollar within 3 miles of my house we have no problems, and its nice to be able to run right down the street and get what I need and no I do not live in the slums! I guess the fine folks of PSD prefer to pay $2 more for their toilet paper.... They are not concerned with the looks, but the "kind" of people who shop at DG.... Ouch!
  • by Winston Location: Rat Cheer on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    Does JRS still own the Point?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    I live two blocks off the poplar spring drive around from where the proposed dollar general will be located; and Iam all for it! Maybe it the person or people responsible. For the real eyesore. Call point Rexall shopping. Ctr wud put money in their buildings cause that's the real problem will bring more business to located along 23rd ave and someone responsible for LeyesoretRealEyeso re
  • by absurd Location: Poplar Springs asylum for insane on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    There is the old saying, "You can't shine _____." Poplar Springs drive wasn't, isn't and will never be historic no matter how many signs you put up or say it is.
  • by Meridianite Location: Meridian on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    Talk about delusions of grandeur! Next time you drive down PSD open your eyes. This isn't Savannah, Ga or Charleston, SC for heaven sake. Let this nonsense go.
  • by John Location: Meridian on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    One of those goofy signs that reads "On this site in 1890 nothing happened" should be put up in this "Historic district".
  • by Vince on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:35 PM
    Thank you Mayor for opening this dialogue of all the residents. Contrary to what a very small group in PSHD says, it is appreciated. It's time to shine some light certain actions.
  • by SAM Location: PSD on Jul 5, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    When is the meeting to discuss the Dollar General? The immediate threat to the historic district is the Dollar General. I know Mayor Barry doesn't want to talk about it but it needs to be talked about. Her refusing to talk about it blocks open communication. She needs to address the rumors flying around that a campaign supporter of hers wants to build the Dollar General, as well as the rumor that she stopped the Threefoot project because another campaign supporter wanted it stopped. She was elected by the citizens of Meridian and is answerable to the same citizens. We should be able to talk about the things that concern us. We want to talk about the Dollar General.
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      by MAS on Jul 5, 2012 at 07:48 PM in reply to SAM
      Yes, lets talk about the Dollar General, Sam. Mayor Barry has nothing to do with the fiasco surrounding the Dollar General's new site right next door to PSD. The blame for that lies soley at the feet of Bobby Smith and his toady goons. He blocked the original site for the Dollar General at 18th street and 24th ave. Now it is in your back yard, Poplar Springs. Give his office a call and ask him why. Bobby Smith must go!
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        by SAM on Jul 6, 2012 at 04:11 PM in reply to MAS
        You are correct in that if the Dollar General had not been blocked on 24th Ave. we would not be having this problem at the mouth of Poplar Springs Drive, however I have no desire to downgrade 24th Ave. either. If it had been built on 24th then that would have been the first step toward making 24th Ave. look like 8th St. I do not want either street to be diminished by the building of a Dollar General.It is not Mayor Barry's fault that the mouth of Poplar Springs is zoned commercial. The fault lies with someother administration but two wrongs do not make a right. It was wrong to have it zoned commercial and building a Dollar General only makes it worse. I appreciate the effort to save historic PSD by all involved.
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          by James on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM in reply to SAM
          SAM: you are Totally correct. But MAS is mistaken. As SAM says, two wrongs... And the council voted 5-0 against the first site. Why would you trynto blame one councilman for doing the right thing. No, SAM, itbis noy the mayor's fault about the zoning, but the question has yet to be formally asked: whatbdid she know and when did she know what site one, two or three is. And furthermore, who will be the owner of the property and what is his relationship to the mayor. Moreover, why has the enormous time and resources of so many city employees been spent to see through a project with so little benefit to return to the city at large. In other words, the old cliche' follow the money. The owner of the property with the DG lease in place for 15 or 20 years will realize a huge return on his investment. Perhaps in the range of $30-$50,000 PER year on an aproximately $200,000 out of pocket investment.
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      by Not Surprised on Jul 6, 2012 at 07:48 AM in reply to SAM
      The threefoot project needed to be stopped. It was another one of JRS white elephants!!!
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      by KK on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM in reply to SAM
      I am glad she stopped the threefoot building, it should have never began. It was a money pit that the city couldn't afford. Most of the money was going into John Roberts pocket. Mayor Barry is trying hard for this city, first time in a long time the mayor was for the city and not for themselves.
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      by FP on Jul 6, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to SAM
      MAS is correct. Bobby Smith messed up the best location @ 18th Street. I suggest the serious PSD residents purchase the 22nd Strret lot.
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      by Peabody on Jul 6, 2012 at 01:32 PM in reply to SAM
      A DG sure beats a falling in carwash that has been closed fo 20 years.What about the Point and how it looks?
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      by Paul on Jul 7, 2012 at 04:51 AM in reply to SAM
      To do something about DG, start by going to: www.savepsd.com and signing the petition there!
  • by Linda Seltzer Location: Meridian MS on Jul 5, 2012 at 04:15 PM
    Thank you Mayor Barry for sending out the invitations to all of the residents of Poplar Springs Historic District to be included in the meeting. I think this is a wonderful opportunity.
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