A centerpiece of Booneville’s historic downtown is getting some much needed improvements.

Work is currently underway at the historic Booneville Hardware Building to stabilize, repair and replace brick inside and out.

Booneville Tourism and Community Development Coordinator and Main Street Association Executive Director Lori Tucker said the Main Street board sees the city-owned building as vital to the continued improvement and growth of downtown and have made its preservation and improvement a priority.

Aldermen recently voted to award the bid for the first phase of improvement and repairs to North Mississippi Masonry Company of Tupelo.

Tucker said the work includes tucking, pointing and remortaring all the joints of the interior brick, removing unstable plaster and repairing or replacing structural wood that’s become rotted. Similar work is also planned for the exterior of the building.

She said they are also looking toward additional improvements in the near future. Phase II of the project will include checking all of the electrical system in the building and updating where needed, floor repairs and improvements and repair and restoration of the exterior columns.

A final phase will involve general repainting and improvements as well as restoration of the mural on the outside of the building.

Tucker said the Hardware is one of Booneville’s most used buildings and a centerpiece for downtown events. She believes by investing in improving and restoring it, the building can draw even more use for both public and private events.

“It just such a huge tourism draw for our community,” she said.

She emphasized all the work will be done with a focus on the historic importance of the building. All improvements and repairs will maintain the historic look and feel of the building while making it more useful and capable of continuing to serve the community for many years to come.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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