Mayor envisions 100 new houses for MLK and St. Catherine streets

Published 12:04am Wednesday, March 6, 2013

NATCHEZ — Mayor Butch Brown said Tuesday the city is working on a deal to get 100 new houses in the area of St. Catherine and Martin Luther King Jr. streets.

Brown told the Natchez Board of Aldermen at its finance meeting that one of his campaign promises was to beautify Martin Luther King Jr. Street and said he intended to keep that promise.

Brown said part of the city’s work with Chartre Consulting to develop 100 scattered site housing units is to identify city- and state-owned lots that can be given to the company to develop. Chartre also built the Stonehurst housing development, renamed Old Bridge Place, at the corner of St. Catherine and Rembert streets.

Ward 2 Alderman Ricky Gray expressed concern that Habitat for Humanity could be losing potential lots to build houses if those lots are given to a company to develop. Gray also said that he did not want to see the lots go to a company that would set rent too high for Ward 2 residents to afford

Brown said the city would still have plenty of space for Habitat to develop housing. He said similar to Habitat house residents, residents of the scattered site housing will be able to buy their house through a lease purchase program.

The houses, Brown said, would be valued at approximately $50,000, meaning residents would pay approximately $277 each month to pay off their house through the 15-year lease-purchase program.

Brown said the city is looking into whether Habitat can parter with Chartre to develop housing.

“Habitat is going to build a house a year…we’re going to build 100 houses in a year,” he said.

Ward 4 Alderman Tony Fields said his problem with the Stonehurst development is that it is too compact.

“I still have a problem with all those people in the same place stacked on top of each other,” he said.

Brown said the scattered site housing development concept was created because the city told Chartre representatives it would not support more concentrated housing projects.

“We told them we only want scattered housing,” he said.

Scattered site housing, Brown said, would give residents an opportunity to have pride in owning a house, not just renting an apartment.

“These are quality products, not ghetto-style housing,” he said.

Guidelines for Chartre’s housing, Brown said, also outline a zero-tolerance policy for criminal behavior.

“They tell us one strike, and you’re out,” he said.

The housing will give the city a chance to clean up the city, put property back on the tax roll and improve residents’ quality of life, Brown said.

“As long as it doesn’t affect Habitat,” Gray said.

The work Habitat has done in his ward has really made a positive difference for residents, Gray said.

The scattered site housing will be located in a health care zone the city is working to establish under the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act.

The act, which went into effect last July, aims to promote the growth of the health care industry in Mississippi and provides a range of incentives for health care development in the designated zones.

Housing developers would also be eligible to receive additional points on their housing tax credit program applications if they developed in a health care zone.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/San-Rucker/1356817768 San Rucker

    low income developers are just that, low. it does nothing for community life, it adds people to the tax roll and lowers property values all around those sites that are developed. habitat cursed our retirement community. there are huge signs now posted on light poles advertising the fact that our entire downgraded area is under police surveillance. every corner we turn, blue lights. we have lived in parkwood over 35 years without ever seeing police unless we called them. it makes a great difference in quality of life when poverty is concentrated. we are not a community and have no chance to be, we’re just here, under surveillance.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone Listening?

  • Anonymous

    What they don’t need is a yard with enough room to pile up a bunch of cr@p that’ll create two hour discussions at the BOA meetings…

  • Milteer

    I don’t think I would have used the word ghetto until after they’re built.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Again, Gray brings up the habitat house that has been one sided since it started in Adams county for not one has been built for white folks and they need help just as well as the black folks and have heard the excuses why that aren’t hitting on nothing!! Why not build some habitat houses for the whites on Hommocitto , Roselawn, Morgantown, Orleans, Union, State, Arlington, Lower Woodville, 61 North and South, for their is plenty of lots and land!! I bet that some would like a house as well on MLK or St . Catherine if asked??!!

  • Anonymous

    What we need are people who will take care of their homes.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    This is the main basis of moral and pride!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Yea, the years of time(some 50 yrs) proves this word of GHETTO as that of Morgantown, Roselawn, and other use to be white folks homes that the black folks moved into these neighborhoods and trashed and crime the neighborhood it huh’??!! Now, I’m I telling the truth??!!

  • Milteer

    I haven’t drive through Roselawn in YEARS! We used to cut through there to the A-B Motor intersection from the Duncan Park area.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Oh, before I forget about the chemical waste on Kelly st.close to Armstrong Tire and the Tire company trash waste at the old country club need to get the responsible party to clean up this toxic waste before folks start getting sick or possible dieing if it gets into the drinking water! I’ve mention this to the economic developement folks in the past so they could acquire some industries to move into after neutralizing these properties !!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You must have got smart and moved out of Natchez huh’??!! This is home and my family is here and buried !!

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    I haven’t drive through Roselawn in YEARS! We used to cut through there to the A-B Motor intersection from the Duncan Park area.

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  • Anonymous

    No housing ever starts out “ghetto-style”.

  • Milteer

    Many of us have wasted our lives here.

  • Anonymous

    I question some of the thinking in your post. Adding people to the tax roll normally means they pay taxes, either in the form of something other than sales tax on their government checks when spent. These low cost/low income houses will likely be valued below the homestead exemption threshhold, thus generate no property taxes. Putting them on one of the main thoroughfares into town will likely deter others coming into town who will contribute taxes to the local economy. About the only thing I see coming out of this is the demise of some of the rotting hulks now located along St. Catherine, upgraded to a new ultra modern eyesore.

  • Anonymous

    Freebies all around again,hey hey get in line,why doesn,t the goverment ever pay for taxpayers houses,at least we,re paying taxes.

  • Anonymous

    Give us all a Ebit card so we can get free gas and cellphones.

  • Anonymous

    Uh, Butch, what’s in it for you? Why this company? Are they the only ones that do this? Fishy.

  • Anonymous

    There is actually a “The Rent is Too Damn High” political party in New York. Maybe Gray is starting a chapter in Natchez.

  • Anonymous

    “Build it and they will come”-Field of dreams

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Interesting!!

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    There is actually a “The Rent is Too Damn High” political party in New York. Maybe Gray is starting a chapter in Natchez.

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