JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County Supervisors want a burned-out hotel torn down and they took steps Tuesday to make it happen. The board passed a resolution for the county's legal team to notify the landlords and lien-holders of the Howard Johnson on Highway 609 that they plan to remove it. The hotel caught fire back in 2012 and since then the building has not been touched because it has been tied up in an insurance litigation.
Supervisor Troy Ross represents west Jackson County where the hotel is located and said it's an eyesore that paints an ugly picture of the area for locals and tourists. He said it won't be easy getting the building torn down, but it's worth a shot.
"We have waited long enough. It is time to move forward. If the court wants us to stop the process then they can notify us of that then we are going to go ahead and move forward with and tear it down," Ross said.
There are still several steps before the demolition process can begin.
Ross said the county has to declare the building a menace and there has to be public hearing with the property owners about the hotel.