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Former Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith reacts to restored Threefoot Building

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 9:15 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2021 at 1:15 AM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Former Meridian mayor, John Robert Smith, was in town this weekend and reacted to the opening of the Threefoot Building after years of advocating for it to be restored.

Smith served as mayor for 16 years. He’s currently the chairman p of Transportation for America, where he advises on strategy, capacity building and national outreach.

Smith began the Threefoot journey in 2007 when the city bought the property during his administration. He said he’s proud to see his passion for the revitalization of the building come to life.

“I could not be more pleased to see the vision for the Threefoot building now a reality. I was fortunate enough to stay there last night to enjoy the food, the beverage, but mostly the people, especially the young people that gather there at the Threefoot. It has taken this many years to come to reality. The thing Meridian needs to understand is that anything that is worth doing is going to be hard, difficult, and will take persistence, and it may take decades for it to be a reality,” said Smith.

WTOK is your station for continued, in-depth coverage on the opening of the Threefoot Hotel and the excitement surrounding this historic event. Join us for a special night of live reports, special guest interviews, and feature stories from this beautiful, landmark building Wednesday, November 17th.

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