County to take over old CDF building

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Just days after the Community Development Foundation vacated its former home, the Lee County Board of Supervisors announced it would move in.
Board President Phil Morgan confirmed the five-member group will relocate its offices from the Lee County Justice Center to the former CDF building at 301 W. Main St.
The county owns the building and reclaimed possession of it after CDF left. It will seek bids to remodel the interior before the move, which could happen by late July.
In addition to the supervisors, the county administrator and other administrative assistants also will move into the facility. It’s unclear how the rest of the space will be used.
Built in 1914, the stately brick structure originally housed the U.S. Post Office. The county took it over five decades later, and it served as offices for the chancery court and juvenile court, court clerks, the civil defense division and several other entities.
The county had stayed there until the completion of the Lee County Justice Center in 1991. CDF moved in shortly afterward. CDF moved out on Friday for its new $5.4 million building in Fairpark.
Morgan said using the building will free up space inside the Justice Center, where supervisors share a cramped office. It also will provide ample parking in the lot to the west of the facility.
“But the main reason we wanted to retain it is because it’s historical,” Morgan said, “and we didn’t want the private sector to get it.”
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com