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Mississippi city seeks to buy police station it now leases

April 10, 2019

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An east Mississippi city wants to buy the police station it now leases.

Meridian Mayor Percy Bland tells local news outlets that the monthly lease is set to more than double in price in October, from $25,000 a month to about $52,000 a month.

Bland tells the Meridian City Council that the city is asking the Jackson-based investment group that owns the property to sell it to the city.

The mayor says that if the city owns the building, it would also have options to use the space in different ways, including possibly for a jail.

Jackson developer David Watkins was found to have improperly diverted $587,000 from a different project to the police station renovation, eventually agreeing to diversion to avoid wire fraud and embezzlement charges.