With the receipt of the last installment of a $30 million bond issue, the Mississippi Trade Mart will be razed and replaced by a facility attached to the Mississippi Coliseum.
The 66,000-square-foot exhibit hall built in 1975 is outmoded and its flat roof tends to leak, according to Cindy Hyde-Smith, commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce.
A new Trade Mart would be attached to the east side of the Coliseum, and the old hall, located north of the arena across a parking lot, will remain open during construction, Hyde-Smith said.
Work could start by the end of the year, she said, with completion about 18 months later. Read the rest of the article.
Kingfish note: It's about damn time this took place. The Trademart is old and worn out. Providing such facilities is a proper function of government. If we are going to blow money on Kiors that don't work out or shopping malls, then we can at least spend some money on facilities that we actually use such as the Trademart. It should be a highlight of Mississippi, not an embarrassment. Ms. Hyde-Smith has been right in pushing for improvements to the fairgrounds. Now let us hope that she does her job and provides us with a new Trademart that will make us proud.