GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The doors are finally open to the Lyman Community Center.
"This is central to the Lyman community which is one of the oldest on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It's very fitting that it would be named after Lyman, Mississippi," said Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel.
The building received a $2 million facelift after a fire ripped through the building leaving it heavily damaged. It's now large enough to hold 750 people. It has 17,000 square feet, including two large event rooms, one of which is 6,000 square feet. The center also has a meeting room and kitchen.
"I think it's very, very important that we get this back open to host many, many events here," said Ward 7 Councilwoman Cara Pucheu.
The renovation work spread across two administrations. Those involved in the process, since July 2007 when the fire broke out, were recognized for their efforts in getting the center open.
"It took a long time through the previous administration and the new administration, and we're just tickled to death it's open," said Lamar Gray with the Orange Grove-Lyman Chamber of Commerce.
The Department of Leisure Services will start taking reservations Wednesday, February 10th.