WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — The city of West Point is going forward with plans to open a new arts center in the McClure building named after local artisan Louise W. Campbell.
"We're basically gutting the building for all practical purposes," said Randy Jones, chief administrative officer. "Dealing with the major support structure of the building and a renovation, which will include everything from wiring to new electrical to plumbing as well as aesthetic appearances inside the building."
The work is primarily dealing with the downstairs of the two story building, and it comes at a good time.
"We're extremely pleased. There was a gift from the Prairie Arts Festival in the amount of about $175,000," said Robbie Robinson, mayor of West Point. "It's really been a big help in the reconstruction and remodeling of this building."
It is hoped that the third phase of this project will be completed sometime during the next six months. From there, the city plans to open a new center for the arts sometime later this year.
"I can foresee the Growth Alliance and the Arts Council here in Clay County and West Point taking the lead and seeing this building is utilized," said Robinson.
The building, which has been sitting vacant for just over ten years, will open with a new purpose to enrich the culture of the community.
"Especially during the Prairie Arts Festival and feature local and regional artists, art shows, public meetings, maybe even little vignettes of plays and dinner theaters," said Robinson.
Plans also call for the Howlin' Wolf Museum to relocate upstairs after the new arts center opens.