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Threefoot Building set to reopen in Meridian

Since the 1930s, the Threefoot Building has dominated the Meridian skyline. Named for the German immigrant family that built it, the building housed a number of stores, businesses and doctor’s offices during its first three decades.

For a number of reasons, the building’s been mostly vacant since the 1990s. But soon, the renovated Threefoot Building will reopen as a Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

“Everyone in Meridian is anticipating the completion of this project,” Meridian Area Manager Chris Phillips said. “A lot of momentum’s been building in downtown Meridian in recent years, and the renovation of the Threefoot Building was always an integral part of the work being done here. It’s an exciting time for the city and the residents of Meridian.”

Mississippi Power’s Engineering, Lighting Services and Northern Division teams have all been involved in the building’s renovation.

“We removed the vault transformer from the front entrance of the hotel and replaced it with a new pad-mounted transformer. We also replaced the aging primary conductor that feeds the transformer,” Senior Engineer David Huckaby said. “This work will improve both reliability for this customer and safety for our crews when we need to access the equipment.”

Lighting Services worked with the City of Meridian and the hotel’s owner to beautify the area around the transformer. A decorative sign wall with lighting was built around the transformer.

“The lighting on top of the wall will provide illumination for the sign and the surrounding area,” Senior Lighting Analyst Stephen Moore said. “Additionally, there will be lighted bollards along the sidewalk in front of the hotel and around the transformer. This corner of downtown Meridian will be very well lit.”

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