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Natchez board moves forward on converting old hospital into apartments
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September 27, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

The Board of Aldermen is moving forward in negotiating a deal with a Jackson-based foundation to convert the old Natchez General Hospital into apartments amid protests from neighboring property owners.

The proposed housing development on Oak Street is being spearheaded by Magnolia Medical Foundation. Dr. Erica Thompson, head of the Jackson-based foundation, presented the board with ambitious plans earlier this year to spend $3.4 million to restore the dilapidated building into 30 apartments for retirees. Detractors have expressed concerns this will foster more crime, decrease the value of their properties and be a drain on municipal services.

After delaying a decision on the proposal submitted in March, the Board of Aldermen voted 4-2 Tuesday to work out arrangements to transfer of the city-owned building to Magnolia. Aldermen voting for this: Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, Billie Joe Frazier, Felicia Irving and Ben Davis. Against: Sarah Carter Smith and Dan Dillard.

The transfer is conditional on the building’s placement on the city property tax roll; the renovation being adequately being financed; and plans being approved by the Natchez preservation and planning commissions.

The city acquired the building in 2013 after the previous owner defaulted on paying taxes. Built in 1925, it was Natchez’ main hospital until 1960.




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