Former newspaper building gets fresh start

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mississippi Power spent the morning clearing out the space helping to start phase one of the renovation.

Former newspaper building gets fresh start
Volunteers with Mississippi Power cleared out the former Hattiesburg American newspaper building as it prepares for renovations.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Volunteers from Mississippi Power and several other Pine belt organizations came together to kick start the transformation of the former Hattiesburg American building into a community art center.

Councilwoman Mary Dryden said the building will soon be an affordable option for anyone interest in using the space for events such as musical performances and theatre productions.

She said Mayor Toby Barker will soon appoint a coordinator to manage the building and the space will be available after April 1.

“It’s just open opportunity,” said Dryden. “It’s a blank canvas and that’s what art is about. It’s about creative ideas and seeing something in a new and different way.”

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mississippi Power spent the morning clearing out the space helping to start phase one of the renovation.

“What we’re doing today in our Day of Service is just dismantling everything, clearing everything out, and making a way out for other groups to start their initial work,” said Mississippi Power area manager Annie McMillan.

Dryden said anyone interested in using the space in the future can reach out to city hall for more information.

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