County government complex project moves into next phase

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 5:32 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Work continues on the site of a new county government complex in Meridian. The old Village Fair Mall was demolished in June. Now, the nearly $3 million project is moving into the next phase.

District 5 Supervisor Kyle Rutledge said Snyder Environmental and Construction has removed the asbestos. County crews are stepping in this week to pull up the slab and begin further construction.

The general manager of Hooper’s said revitalizing that property will increase traffic and bring customers to 22nd Avenue. Allen Hunt has worked there since the 1980s and he says he’s excited to see the opportunities ahead for this part of town.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes down here. When the Village Fair Mall was open, traffic was very heavy. It’s still heavy today because 22nd Avenue is a major thoroughfare for businesses of all kinds in Meridian. We are really excited to have the changes that are coming. The board of supervisors has done a great job, in my opinion. They have done great in procuring that property and making it something useful for the city of Meridian,” said Hunt.

Rutledge said the board will market parts of the 39 acres to retail space or other businesses.

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