REA Building renovation project moving forward

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – With a funding commitment of $40,000 to $45,000 from the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city is moving ahead with plans to renovate the city-owned Railway Express Building to be occupied by the CACVB.

Bid notices for renovation work were published earlier this month, and bids will be opened July 7.

A restoration design was submitted to both the Board of Aldermen and the CACVB board by architect George Thomason of Olive Branch for their review. The cost for Thomason's design proposal is $208,000, with $90,000 to be funded from sale of another city-owned property.

In addition to cost-sharing for the renovation work the CACVB has agreed to a long-term contract with the city and a monthly stipend of up to $800.

The REA building renovation will complete restoration of an area along Fillmore that officials have said will make the section between Wick and Cruise Streets very appealing to local residents and tourists.

Work is under way to complete a C.A.R.E.-sponsored Honor Garden, an enclosed green area with brick walkways, plantings, a statue and benches, at Fillmore and Wick Streets for public enjoyment.

The Crossroads Museum at the back of the property opened several public areas in April and exhibits are expected to be fully open to the public in the next several weeks.

Before the Honor Garden installation is complete, however, the Board of Aldermen agreed Tuesday to have conduit for electrical and communications needs for the REA building installed underground.

The board accepted a bid of $2,310 from Lackey Electrical to install conduit for the necessary 120-volt lines, as well as conduit for additional power transformers that will be used when outdoor events are scheduled on the grounds encircled by the Honor Garden, the REA building and the museum.

Contact Daily Journal reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com