Tupelo authorizes property demolition

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TUPELO – The anticipated site for a new Tupelo police headquarters should be vacant property after March.

The City Council formally ratified Tuesday a contract it authorized Mayor Jason Shelton to sign, clearing the way for demotion of existing buildings on the property.

The 90-day, $135,839 contract stipulates removal of asbestos this month, demolition in January and a completed project in March.

The city has about $5 million set aside for a new facility.

Federal law enforcement donated the old Milam property to the city after the facility was used in a cigarette scheme to avoid paying taxes.

City leaders plan to meet in coming weeks to discuss details for the new police headquarters.