Moss Point Central Fire Station demolition catches aldermen off guard
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - One of the oldest buildings in Moss Point was torn down Saturday, and many are wondering who officially authorized the demolition and if the move was legal.
The central fire station was built in 1926 as a water works facility. It has also been a jail and a city hall during its lifetime.
Several storms and old age had taken a toll on the building. Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield viewed the station as an eyesore, even calling the building aesthetically ugly during an interview in 2014.
The Moss Point Board of Aldermen voted in 2013 to demolish the fire station, but Alderman Wayne Lennep said no action was taken after that vote. He, along with at least two other aldermen, admits they were surprised to hear the 90-year-old building was being torn down on a Saturday.
The Mississippi Heritage Trust listed the building as one of the 10 most endangered historic places in 2014. The Moss Point Historical Commission had also reportedly applied for landmark status for the building to prevent the city from tearing it down until the matter was resolved.
We reached out to Broomfield several times Saturday to find out if the state gave the green light to move forward with the demolition and if he needed permission from the board. Broomfield has not returned our calls.
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