- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The Jackson County Fairgrounds and the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center in Pascagoula need $5.5 million in repairs.

The Mississippi Press reports (https://bit.ly/1g3aqoh ) the figures were given to county officials Monday.

Hoppy Allred of Allred Architectural Group’s said $4 million would complete interior and exterior repairs at the fairgrounds. Allred said $1.5 million is needed for work on exterior walls and the roofs of the civil center.

“They’ve functioned well over the years,” Allred told the board of supervisors. “But due to their age … they’re in need of repairs and upgrades.”

Top priority should be given to the civic center, Allred said. He said the work will take up to six months to complete.

“We recommend this work be completed as soon as possible,” he said.

County Administrator Brian Fulton said county maintenance workers could possibly, over time, tackle some of the interior work on the buildings.

“It’s a facility that’s heavily used,” Supervisor Melton Harris Jr. said, noting the county should make a way for the repairs.

Allred said a phased civic center renovation would likely be best, as some events are scheduled there a year in advance.

Allred’s company was hired to assess the fair hall, civic center, arts building and livestock building, which are all about 50 years old.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com

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