County to take over CDF building

By EMILY LECOZ / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The building currently occupied by the Community Development Foundation will revert to Lee County when CDF moves out in late 2011.
But county officials haven’t yet decided what they’ll do with the nearly century-old structure originally built as a U.S. Post Office.
“There’s no plans right now as to what is going in there,” said County Administrator Sean Thompson. “That will be determined when CDF leaves, and that’s so far in the future that we’re jut waiting to see what our needs are at that time.”
CDF will leave its current digs at 300 West Main St. to occupy a space inside its expanded business incubator. The incubator, located inside the Fairpark District, will double in size with the completion of Phase 2 this summer.
When the agency moves, it will leave vacant the building it has called home since the mid-1990s
Before CDF, the building housed Lee County Chancery Court and Juvenile Court, as well as those court’s clerks, the county’s civil defense division and several other offices, said former Chancery Clerk Jerry Clayton.
“I took office in ’68,” Clayton said. “And I think it was in about ’66 when the county took it over” from the post office.
The county took the building in 1964 – exactly five decades after it was built – and had stayed there until the completion of the Lee County Justice Center in 1991. The Justice Center now houses those operations.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.