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$1.4 million renovation underway at Jackson County Civic Center

The Jackson County Civic Center is in the middle of a $1.5 million facelift. (Photo source: WLOX) The Jackson County Civic Center is in the middle of a $1.5 million facelift. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Jackson County Civic Center is in the middle of a $1.5 million facelift. A county supervisor says the improvements are long overdue. 

With new windows, new bricks and a new roof, workers are giving Jackson County Civic Center a whole new look.

County officials said benefits of the facade go way beyond aesthetics.   

"Bricks are going up on the outside. The building is being better insulated. A better structure too as well. If you have something going on in the inside you can hear the outside. You can hear the rainstorm. You can hear the train when it comes by. So the extra facade you see will reduce some of the outside noise for the building and also strengthen the building," said supervisor Melton Harris.

Upgrades will also be done inside to the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and speaker system. Officials said that work will be done in stages because of how heavily used the building is by the community.

"Trying to make sure it's not obstructing some of the renters who are using the building. We try to make sure that they're out of the way and it's not interfering with the work. And not interfering with the event that's taking place,” said Harris.

Leaders said they want to make sure the civic center continues to be a place people want to visit.

"Some of the other counties have county facilities, convention centers a little bit higher grade than what we have here in Jackson County. We don't like being second best at all so we're going to upgrade ours as well," said Harris.

When all is done, Harris is confident taxpayers will see it as money well spent. Jackson County officials say much of the interior renovation will be done next year with some of the job being done by county workers. 

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