- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Southaven has been awarded a grant of more than $2.5 million to build a storm shelter/safe room near the Southaven Arena on U.S. Highway 51.

Mayor Darren Musselwhite tells The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1q5e6dt ) the city received confirmation from the office of U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss.

The grant of $2,583,566 is being funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

In 2013 the city accepted $274,564 for the first phase of the project, which included engineering and design work.

The second phase involves construction of the shelter.

The storm shelter/safe room will be able to accommodate up to 1,100 people.

The 12,000-square-foot shelter will be built near the arena but will not be attached to the existing building.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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