Transfer of Brumfield Apartments to happen in new year

Published 12:02am Friday, December 21, 2012

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez has not yet closed a deal to transfer the ownership of Brumfield Apartments to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church’s non-profit housing development organization, but the plan is still on track, Mayor Butch Brown said.

“(The church) has boards, and we have boards, and (they have) lawyers, and we have lawyers, and there are banks, and they have lawyers,” Brown said. “It’s hard to get all those people in the room.”

Brown had said last week that the deal would close this week, but he said Tuesday that it will likely be after the first of the year before paperwork is finalized.

Brown would not divulge the exact sale price until the paperwork is completed.

Brown said he wanted to sell to Bishop Stanley Searcy of New Hope because he trusts his operation.

“(Brumfield) started off like gangbusters, but the level of management degraded, and it had to be closed,” Brown said. “Searcy’s operation doesn’t allow that. He has a pretty hands-on style of management.”

The church plans to operate the apartments as low-income housing.

“When the paperwork is clear, then we’ll go into developing that project,” Searcy said. “We’re looking forward to partnering with the city.”

Searcy said funding for the project has not been finalized.

The church non-profit is also working to complete Washington Apartments, 30 units of affordable housing located next to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Brown said he’s anxious for the Brumfield project to get off the ground.

“We’re excited about the possibility of saving Brumfield School,” he said. “We want to keep our landmarks strong and vibrant. If we can keep our enthusiasm level high, we can get this thing done.”






  • Anonymous

    We need to rename this mayor’s position to salesman/negotiator. Selling public property behind Margaret Martin without taking bids, now not disclosing the sale price until after the sale of Brumfield and without soliciting bids for a sale seems very much like violations of the law. I guess living outside the city while serving as mayor means you don’t have to abide by laws that govern the city officers?

  • Anonymous

    oldsouthgent, I told everyone that this sort of behavior was coming. It all fell on deaf ears. “It’s good to be the King”.

  • Anonymous

    Another waste of workilng peoples money,gimme,gimme,gimme.

  • khakirat

    Again, once more this isn’t a legal transaction being this is public city taxpayers property doesn’t not only belong to the Mayor and alderman but the city taxpayers or the majority of the ownership and these folks are going against the law by not advertiseing bids in the ND!! I live in the county but if I was in the city I would throw a monkey wrench into this gear and have it done the legal way for this is above the law and the city taxpayers can still come back within seven years and reclaim the properties!!

  • Anonymous

    These money hustlers don,t give a rats behind about all that,they do what they want,and get away with it..

  • Dalifesaver

    For years those apartments have been vacant and the only focus is how much. Let’s be thankful for this progress that’s being made.