Board approves asbestos removal project

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Continual progress is being made at the site that will eventually house several county leaders.

Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors President Jonathan Wells said the old Village Fair Mall will soon undergo asbestos removal. D & H Construction and Cabinetry in Meridian has been chosen by the board to do the abatement.

"We're waiting to hear back from them, they've been notified that they've won the bid,” said Wells. “Now they have a decision to make whether they want the project or not."

Asbestos is a mineral that can cause a number of diseases. Wells says removing it from the building is just one of the major steps in transforming the old mall site to the County Government Complex.

"The board is excited we've caught traction on this project, we took a long time deciding exactly where and how and what,” said Wells. “All that is behind us now, we're actually going to see some work being done."

To kick off the project, the old Firestone building was torn down in October. Wells said he expects the abatement of the old mall to be done before the end of 2020.

"I hope people see that we're very sincere about the work that we’re doing and the promise we've made,” said Wells.

The board voted on the asbestos removal Monday. Wells says the next step after that will be tearing down the building, a job the county road department will handle to save at least one-million in tax dollars.

"It's going to be nice to figure out what we need for modern times and also to determine what we're going to need for twenty years from now, we want that building to be sufficient then as well,” said Wells. “We want to do it right."

The asbestos removal project is expected to cost around $900,000.