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Preservation commission OKs new coffee shop

NATCHEZ — Natchez could soon be getting a new coffee shop.

The Natchez Preservation Commission approved exterior renovations to a building at the corner of High and Canal streets Wednesday. The building is in the process of being renovated to become a coffee shop.

The renovation application was approved at the request of property owner Rena Jean Schmieg.

The coffee shop developer said the shop will operate from 7 or 8 a.m. until 3 or 4 p.m. and sell specialty coffees and vintage coffee-making equipment.

The property was recently rezoned from R-3 mixed density residential to B-2 general business district by the Natchez Board of Aldermen to allow the opening of a coffee shop.

In other news from the meeting:

-The commission approved a vinyl retaining wall at the request of Allen Richard for a ravine behind his State Street house. The commission’s approval was under the condition that the wall be properly screened from view from neighboring houses.

-The commission approved an application from Historic Natchez Foundation Executive Director Mimi Miller to place four donated benches around the fountain in Memorial Park.