Fire station could join list of endangered historic buildings
Published: September 25,2013
Tags: building, city of Moss Point, culture, endangered, fire station, history, Ken P'Pool, Mississippi De[artment of Archives and History, Mississippi Heritage Trust, Moss Point Central Fire Station, Moss Point Historical Preservation Commission, real estate, Wayne Lennep
MOSS POINT — The Moss Point Central Fire Station could be added to Mississippi Heritage Trust’s endangered list, according to executive director Lolly Barnes.
The Sun Herald reports the list is released every two years and contains the top 10 most endangered historic buildings in the state. The next list will be released Nov. 14.
“It’s definitely being considered,” Barnes said, though no decision has been made.
Mississippi Heritage Trust is a private organization that works with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and other organizations to preserve historic buildings.
MDAH has recently visited the site of the fire station, located across from Moss Point City Hall, to determine whether or not the building should be listed on the state historic registry.
“It’s still up in the air,” MDAH deputy state historic preservation officer Ken P’Pool said. “No action has been taken on that at this point.” The Moss Point Board of Aldermen voted in July to demolish the building that officials have called an eyesore as it sits in front of the new city hall.
Demolishing old buildings is part of the city’s plan to clean up the city. Earlier this month, the board voted to demolish five abandoned homes to get rid of blighted properties.
“I’m not against historic buildings, I’m just against that particular building,” Alderman Wayne Lennep said. “We want to move forward and develop that area, not tear buildings down just for the sake of tearing them down.”
The Moss Point Historical Preservation Commission, however, has worked to try to get the building restored.
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