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Board of Aldermen is seeking developers for old Broadway Street railroad depot
from Staff Reports - NEWS
July 10, 2019 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey
 
NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Natchez Board of Aldermen is seeking developers to complete the long-stalled renovation of the city’s old Broadway Street railroad depot and bring it back to life.

Aldermen agreed Tuesday to publish a request for proposals from private entrepreneurs who want to refurbish the city-owned building for dining like it was much of the past 40 years. City plans call for the board deciding in December who’ll restore the 109-year-old former train station into a “food, beverage and entertainment venue.” Ideas included it offering outdoor dining for patrons to enjoy the view overlooking the Mississippi River as the centerpiece of an entertainment district in the city’s bluff area.

While the depot’s exterior was renovated in 2016, it remains a vacant unfinished shell as the city board held up plans for completing the interior’s restoration. It was vacated in 2013 when a restaurant and a souvenir shop were evicted so the building could be renovated.
About $900,000 was spent in city and federal funds to restore the exterior. The board halted hotelier Warren Reuther’s restoration of the building’s interior amid protests city officials didn’t seek proposals from others also wanting to lease it.

Prospects wanting to lease the building have until November to submit plans as the board steps slowly to get the depot fully restored and in use. “I ask for your patience as we continue forward,” sad Alderman Dan Dillard.

A committee will review the proposals and make a recommendation for aldermen to adopt in December.




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