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Natchez Board of Aldermen and Mayor closed the public out of discussions about economic development
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January 15, 2019 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

The Board of Aldermen and mayor closed the public out of discussions Monday about economic development. With Natchez aldermen and Mayor Darryl Grennell cloistered in their private meeting room, city attorney Bob Latham declined to elaborate beyond saying the prospective business involved city-owned land.

The board and mayor also met in private to discuss the court challenge from Natchez residents against the city donating the old General Hospital building to a foundation planning to convert it into apartments.

The lawsuit, filed in Adams County Circuit Court in September, names 47 people who allege aldermen have illegally donated the Oak Street structure to Magnolia Medical Foundation.

The 93-year-old building owned by the city is to be turned over to the Jackson-based foundation on the condition it renovates it as planned, does not seek tax-exempt status and pays property taxes. Magnolia presented plans in 2017 to spend $3.4 million for restoring the dilapidated building into 30 apartments for retirees.




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