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City Moves Forward with Margaret Martin Performing Art Center Repairs
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April 11, 2019 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey
 
NATCHEZ, Miss. – Long-delayed repairs could soon begin at the city-owned Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center that’s been unusable the past several months because of broken water lines.


The Natchez Board of Aldermen on Tuesday agreed to hire a plumbing contractor to make the needed repairs costing about $58,000.

The former school -- the longtime home of the Natchez Festival of Music -- has been plagued for years by various structural problems and repair needs. The city has been struggling to find funds to renovate the Homochitto Street building, a state-designated historic landmark built in 1927 as Natchez High School.

Because of the plumbing problems, the music festival is having to relocate events to the Natchez City Auditorium. The annual month-long event is in May, but the repairs for the MMPAC can’t be done by then.

State funds had been earmarked to renovate Margaret Martin in bills passed by the Mississippi Legislature, but the $6 million was stripped out by lawmakers as they ended their annual session in March. A fundraising campaign continues for collecting donations for MMPAC’s restoration.




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