MERIDIAN — Ross Building
The Ross Building, built in the 1920s is currently vacant and "has experienced severe deterioration over the years primarily due to the roof structure being left open and vulnerable to years of water infiltration," according to the report. New mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems will be required based on the proposed function of the building.
The Board of Supervisors will have to decide if they want to renovate or replace the building. Thorough renovations would likely cost about $2.2 million.
The Greyhound Building, which currently houses the Meridian-Lauderdale Tourism Bureau, was built in 1955. The architect's report says the building is in overall good condition and restoration work would mainly focus on preventive care. The cost of renovating would be about $500,000
The architectural firm also estimated $800,000 for landscaping, sidewalks and parking for the area buildings, and it estimated a contingency fund of $1.9 million.
The Board of Supervisors can elect to do all or some of the work on a schedule yet to be determined, depending on funding sources.