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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: JATRAN building

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The fenced in area is now pad-locked, building materials and equipment sit idle, wasting away The fenced in area is now pad-locked, building materials and equipment sit idle, wasting away
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

WLBT viewers emailed me with concerns over an unfinished Jackson building. It's located on the corner of Highway 80 and Valley Street and it is supposed to be the city's new headquarters for JATRAN.

The viewers say they've been driving by the unfinished buildings for a year now and they are becoming eyesores.

It had all the potential to be a showplace along a stretch of highway that could use a facelift. Instead, just like the emailer stated, construction on Jackson's new terminal for it's transportation system, better known as JATRAN, has come to a grinding halt for at least a year and the only thing thriving is the weeds.

The fenced in area is now pad-locked, building materials and equipment sit idle, wasting away. You can see where siding is peeling off. Groundbreaking for the nearly 7-million dollar project was more than 2 years ago and work appeared to be moving along well.

But the project was put on hold, in part, because of guidelines in federal grant money to build the terminal, which called for American made components and some of those components were not made in America.

So why is the project still not complete? I reached out to city officials for an answer. Public information officer Jewel Davis emailed this statement:

"According to public works director, Dan Guillet, the city is in the process of reviewing submittals of the re-design work of the HVAC or heating and air-conditioning system. Once negotiations are made, the city will bring the change order before the city council. Work will continue shortly thereafter."

And we will keep you posted. Let us help you take back your neighborhood. Just send an email to hballou@wlbt.com or contact me on Facebook or Twitter.

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