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Historic preservation of buildings provides numerous economic benefits

By BECKY GILLETTE The components of a city are as multifaceted as the elements of a successful business. “One undeniable factor for attracting visitors, new residents, and high-quality professionals to any town is character,” said Belinda Stewart, FAIA, principal, Belinda Stewart Architects, PA, Eupora. “With all the choices available in this highly connected world, Mississippi’s got character covered, if we ...

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UPDATE: Sun-n-Sand still to be razed but sign will be saved

By Jack Weatherly Two historic downtown landmarks have been purchased by the state Department of Finance and Administration for about $2.3 million. The Sun-n-Sand motor hotel on Lamar Street earned a colorful history as a gathering place for legislators to hash out bills outside the glare of public scrutiny. The other property is the former Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home ...

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Fire station could join list of endangered historic buildings

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 ...

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Lolly Barnes takes reins at Mississippi Heritage Trust

Lolly Barnes was recently named executive director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. Barnes, a Biloxi native, brings 20 years of preservation experience to MHT. A Biloxi native, she received a B.A. in history from LSU, and a M.A. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Q — What’s the mission of the Mississippi Heritage Trust? A — The Mississippi ...

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Cash refunds go to historic preservation projects

Legislation giving developers cash refunds for historic restoration projects of at least $1 million cleared the Mississippi Senate last week. Though the legislation calls for cash outlays by the state, supporters of the bill say the state ultimately will save money. By giving the cash refunds in back-to-back years, the state pays the holder of the tax credit 75 cents ...

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