Groundbreaking held for old Hattiesburg High School building

Groundbreaking held for old Hattiesburg High School building

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Downtown Hattiesburg Association held the groundbreaking ceremony for the old Hattiesburg High School on Friday.

The historic old Hattiesburg High School is being turned into an affordable living complex for senior citizens. According to project officials, this is something that has been a long time coming.

"For the last 12 years, we’ve had several projects that have taking place. Things that have ebbed and flowed. We are really excited that this one is finally getting some momentum and getting started,” said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association.

Members from the 1959 class were at Friday’s groundbreaking event. They were the last class to graduate from the old high school.

"Even though it’s not our school anymore, we still rare it and appreciate what we went through here. It will never die in our hearts,” said one graduate.

Mayor Toby Barker said preserving buildings like the old school allows everyone to share in the structures history.

“Preserving buildings gives a nod to those who came before us,” Barker said. “To know that folks will come back and live in these apartments, coming to our downtown and experience all that Hattiesburg has to offer, I think it gives a nod to the past while also looking forward to a bright future.”

The $10 million provide almost almost 80 units with rent ranging from $200 to $600 a month.

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