Meridian Star

October 11, 2012

City gets $1.2 M in grant funds

From staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Work to revamp part of historic downtown Meridian will go forward, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

    Mayor Cheri Barry announced Wednesday the city has been approved for a $1.2 million MDOT Transportation Enhancement Program grant for a streetscape and pedestrian project in Meridian's African-American business district.

    "MDOT Central District Commissioner Dick Hall has been a true partner with Meridian and East Mississippi," Barry said. "Once again, we see Commissioner Hall’s commitment to our region through this grant award."

    This is the grant Barry hoped the city would win when she vetoed another grant proposal to apply for an MDOT grant to make part of Bonita Lakes trails handicapped accessible. At the time she said she did not want two grant proposals for Meridian before MDOT at the same time because she did not want the city competing against itself for funding.

    Hall will be in Meridian for an award ceremony at the corner of Fifth Street and 25th Avenue on Oct. 16. at 3 p.m. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited, Barry said.