Preserving the historic Coca-Cola building downtown for possible use as the proposed Marty Stuart Center is the right thing.

Neshoba County Supervisors last week passed a resolution authorizing transfer of ownership to the Industrial Development Authority, which will administer $1 million in state monies designated for a Stuart Center.

The center would host Stuart's vast collection of country music memorabilia, including some belongings of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr.

Previously, the Coke plant had been slated for demolition to make way for a parking lot.

Anything to improve downtown - particularly preserving historic buildings - is good for Philadelphia and the Stuart Center would be a tremendous asset.

The renovations at the Ellis Theater, the new Blue's Cafe and a few new retail shops are all good signs that downtown Philadelphia is finally moving forward after a decade.