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Okolona city officials eye vacant store front for growth

A vacant spot on Main Street in Okolona could help the city expand it's office needs.

Posted: Oct 8, 2019 6:14 PM
Updated: Oct 9, 2019 9:38 AM

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - The building at 247 Main Street has been vacant for several years.

It has also been the proposed location for a new welcome center.

City leaders have been working on getting the proper funding since 2016.

Now, structural engineers tell Mayor Sherman Carouthers that the building is not stable enough.

According to the mayor, the location of the building makes it the best central spot for people to get info about the city.

So, city officials have come up with another plan for the building.

That plan is to demolish parts of the building and preserve others by stabilization to eventually turn it into the originally planned welcome center.

Carouthers says that the demolishing of the old, rotted areas of the building will begin next week.

According to Carouthers, crews plan to preserve the front of the building by building a retaining wall.

He says this is necessary to keep the traditional look of the downtown area.

The construction will begin on Oct. 14. 

According to Carouthers, after that, they will begin planning the layout of Okolona's new welcome center.

He also says that the plot of land right next to the building could be the future home of a new police department and city hall.

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