Jul 16, 2015
Ferriday Improving Strip Mall
Ferriday Mayor Gene Allen says work continues to attract new tenants to the Ferriday strip mall, while current tenants are seeing improvement of the facility located at 1600 EE Wallace Boulevard.
Since last November, officials from Ferriday have been overseeing renovations of the mall with one building being completely renovated so far.
“This is a long process,” Allen said. “We intend to have the mall full by 2017.”
The process began when the Town of Ferriday contacted the former owner of the strip mall, Jay W. Properties Inc., and instructed the company to tear it down or they would condemn the facility. The former owner then offered the town the property at a small price.
“We bought the mall at a tenth of what it was worth,” Allen said. “Our plans are to make this attractive for the community.”
He said the cost was $85,000.
Helping alleviate costs for the renovation were monies from the Delta Regional Authority.
Presently, there is a new roof on a portion of the mall, new air conditioning units in portions of the buildings, glass sills have been repaired and the parking lots are receiving a major upgrade, Beatrice Cummings, Ferriday Economic Development Director said.
“We’re going to rebuild as we see the need,” Allen said.
Tenants currently in the strip mill are John A Sims Lodge and the Forensic Medical Center. The Lodge provides security and some maintenance to the facility.
A new tenant will be moving into the mall within 60 days, Cummings said.