12/5/2012 6:00:00 AM Log cabin project to begin in spring
By STEVEN THOMAS Staff Reporter
Bids will soon be let for the reconstruction of the historic log cabin at Northside Park as the state Department of Archives and History has approved the architectural design for the new structure.
Luke & Kaye Architects of Meridian designed the new cabin which resembles the original structure which was destroyed during an April 2011 tornado.
The tornado touched down at the park and tore a 22-mile path to the Coy community, killing one, and went barreling on through Tuscaloosa, Ala., where there were more deaths.
In the wake of the tornado, park officials were able to salvage the cabin's stone fireplace, floor and several logs, which made up the original walls, for use on the new structure.
The new design calls for the cabin to be rebuilt using the original design with the exception of a handicap accessible ramp added to the front.
Park Director Chris Burt said the rebuilding process is expected to start in the spring if the bids come in within budget.
The Mayor and Board of Alderman authorized the advertisement for bids at its last meeting on Nov. 20.
Mayor James A. Young was given authority earlier by aldermen to sign a preservation and maintenance covenant in conjunction with the reconstruction project, which will be funded by an $112,276 grant awarded to the city through the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program.
The cabin was built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for use as the public library. When the collection outgrew the building, a new library was constructed in the 1970s and the cabin was moved to the park where it was used as a community meeting place and a venue for birthday parties and family reunions.