A great deal of fanfare will surround the grand reopening of one of Meridian's oldest housing complexes – including a community parade and ceremonial ribbon cutting.
City, state, and local officials will join executives from Meridian Housing Authority and Michaels Development Company to celebrate Wednesday's reopening of Frank Berry Courts. A parade featuring the Meridian High School Wildcat Drum Line and JROTC will kick off at 9:45 a.m.
The celebration, which is open to the public, marks the dramatic revitalization and transformation of outdated and obsolete public housing structures into a vibrant, modern and sustainable housing community. This historic community transformation also ensures the restoration of the rich Frank Berry Courts’ legacy.
"It will also make certain that quality affordable housing for low-and-moderate income families in Meridian will be accessible for years to come," said Ronald Turner Sr., executive director of the Meridian Housing Authority.
The revitalized Frank Berry Courts development is breathing new life into Meridian. The community, which was originally constructed in 1939, has been completely rehabilitated and modernized with energy-saving features and community amenities that have created new space for enhanced supportive services for its residents.
Last year, the Meridian Housing Authority and its private-sector development partner, The Michaels Development Company, were awarded an $8.5 million grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that enabled the redevelopment effort to move forward.
"The rehabilitation of Frank Berry Courts has been strongly supported by the residents, community leaders, and city and state officials, many of whom will be joining MHA and Michaels for this celebration," Turner said.