It has been a busy two weeks for the preservation world since our last roundup, so let’s jump right into today’s roundup.
From Meridian comes an interesting story about the future of the city’s 1932 U.S. Post Office and Courthouse. According to the article, Lauderdale County Supervisors have inquired about the Art Deco Style courthouse as a possible location to relocate some county offices from the Lauderdale County Courthouse. You might remember that the U.S. federal court system announced it would be closing the Meridian office, but the post office will remain open in the lobby of the former federal building. Also good news from the story, there doesn’t seem to be any more mention of demolishing anything.
The Columbus Redevelopment Authority (CRA) has asked the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to survey properties along a five block stretch of the neighborhood near downtown Columbus — between North Third and Fourth streets that run north-to-south between Second and Seventh avenues — to see if any properties should be designated as Mississippi landmarks protected by the state antiquities law.
A pair of bridge stories this week from Vicksburg.
First is that the group “Friends of the Vickburg Bridge” was originally on the Warren County Board of Supervisors Monday agenda for a resolution asking the supervisors to have the Warren County Bridge Commission open the 88-year old structure to year-round bicyclist and pedestrian traffic. They were removed from the agenda because the supervisors need more time to make an “informed decision,” according to Board President Richard George. Currently the old Mississippi River Bridge is only open to the public for special events.
The other story is that analysis by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) concludes that the I-20 bridge built in 1973 is still structurally safe, but in need of repairs.
From Rodney, there were several stories about the efforts of the Rodney History and Preservation Society.
On Ship Island, the Gulf Island National Seashore shares news that the pass between East and West Ship Islands known as Camille Cut after the storm that created the pass, is in the process of being filled in. This is an interesting ecological project that also will restore the island to a historic appearance.
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Newly added sand in the Camille Cut, between East and West Ship Islands, is darker than the sand already on the islands, but it’ll bleach out over time to match. As sand is pumped into the cut over the next couple years by the US Army Corps of Engineers a @nationalparkservice monitor is on site.
In statewide news the Clarion-Ledger ran an article about the National Park Service (NPS) efforts towards creating civil rights national monuments. Last week MissPres shared a flyer concerning public input meetings the NPS will be hosting at several locations in the upcoming days. Yesterday, meetings were held in the Delta, while today meetings will be in Jackson. Tomorrow and Thursday will see public meetings held in Philadelphia and in Biloxi.
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I undoubtedly missed a story or two. If you know of any preservation-related news items not mentioned, or if you have more information about a story above please let us know in the comments below.
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