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City of Natchez discussing buying the Broadway St. Parking lot owned by Callon
from Staff Reports - NEWS
June 13, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey 

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Board of Aldermen and mayor closed the public out of discussions about buying the Broadway Street parking lot on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. After years of being accessible for the public, the Callon family-owned property was recently chained off to keep vehicles from parking there.

After Tuesday’s meeting, city attorney Bob Latham said the board approved getting an appraisal of how much the land is worth to buy.

The board also closed its meeting to discuss the transfer of the Natchez Visitor Reception Center to the National Park Service. The U.S. Congress earlier this year authorized the NPS to take the city-owned facility. The Board of Aldermen has struggled in recent years to fund maintenance and repairs for the building, which houses the city and state’s tourist welcome center along with offices for the Natchez National Historical Park.

Latham said after the meeting that aldermen approved a transfer proposal for the NPS to consider that keeps part of the parking lot for the city to retain.

It’s uncertain why the board wanted the public to not hear their discussions about the two properties, but state law does allow government boards to close their meetings to discuss the “prospective purchase, sale or leasing of lands.” | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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