Bland: Threefoot project moving forward

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Mayor Percy Bland says plans to renovate the Threefoot Building are moving forward.

Mayor Percy Bland and developer John Tampa meet in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo source: Mayor Percy Bland)

Bland met with developer John Tampa Wednesday morning in Birmingham at the old Empire Building, which is being redeveloped into a luxury hotel by Tampa. Bland toured the building and said it will share similar features with the Threefoot building.

Tampa plans to renovate the Threefoot into a Courtyard by Marriott. Bland says Tampa must follow a number of procedures before construction can take place.

"Mississippi Archives and History is complete with its paperwork. John has paperwork with the National Parks Service," said Bland. "Because of everything that is going on with the new transition some of it may be tied up in D.C. right now. They have assured us everything will move forward. We are just waiting on that last hurdle to be passed."

Once the National Parks Service approves plans, Bland says interior demolition will take place. This project is anticipated to start late February or early March.