Renovation or wrecking ball: Melton aims at King Edward

Mayor Frank Melton first went after the Jackson Apartments. Now he’s after the King Edward Hotel.

Jackson’s mayor on Friday gave his staff 30 days to submit a plan to renovate the King Edward Hotel or he says he will push to have it demolished.

The city acquired the empty and rundown landmark last year and helped arrange a deal to start work on the 82-year-old building. The holdup now is on his administration’s part, mainly because the city needs a $1.6 million grant to clean up environmental problems in and around the building and to assess its structural stability.

Clarion Ledger