- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Lauderdale County supervisors are considering what to do with a former shopping mall. One possibility is to use it as a site for a new courthouse or county offices.

The Meridian Star reports (https://bit.ly/2inWxZa ) that a consultant, Jere “Trey” Hess, has told supervisors the Village Fair Mall is considered a “brownfield” site that could require cleanup. It once housed a tire store.

Hess says brownfield sites are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties, and redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Hess says Tupelo recently redeveloped its Fairpark District from a property that once housed a dry cleaner.

Lauderdale supervisors are trying to find a solution to the cramped courthouse built in 1905. An architect has recommended five potential solutions, including moving county offices to Village Fair.


Information from: The Meridian Star, https://www.meridianstar.com

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