- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The former Hattiesburg American building in downtown Hattiesburg may soon have a new purpose and new tenants - if city officials can find the money to get on board with a renovation project.

During Monday’s meeting of the Hattiesburg City Council, The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1ntnnRX) council members heard Hattiesburg Arts Council officials’ proposed plans for the building, which has been vacant since the newspaper moved in summer 2014 to a new location. Under the proposition, Hattiesburg physician David McKellar, the owner of the building, would donate the 35,000-square-foot building to the city.

If and when council accepts the offer of ownership, HAC officials would ask the city to pay about $1.2 million over the next three years to help turn the building into a new Center for Community Arts Education.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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