Commission approves tree removal request

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 14, 2001

Natchez Historic Preservation Commission members voted Wednesday to allow tree removal along the 700 block of Orleans Street and in front of the Judge George W. Armstrong Library on Commerce Street.

The Bradford pear trees have outgrown their spaces, said David Preziosi, city planner. &uot;They are not good street trees. They’re causing the sidewalks to buckle.&uot;

Entergy trucks are in town to trim trees that are interfering with electrical wires, he said. &uot;They’ll actually remove these trees free of charge; so that’s why we want to do it now.&uot;

Richard Burkes, public works director for the city, said his department will plant new trees along those blocks in the fall.

In other business:

— Commission members agreed to begin the procedure that could lead to a demolition by neglect order against owners of a house at 707 N. Wall St.

A tree fell into the roof of the unoccupied house and neighbors have declared it a nuisance. Owners of the house live in Chattanooga, Tenn., and must respond to the Preservation Commission within 30 days, Preziosi said.

— The commission postponed approval of work at 814 State St. until city engineers could investigate what the least amount of turnaround radius would be, thus requiring the least amount of concrete, for the turnaround drive desired by property owners.

— Owners of property at 63 Homochitto St. agreed to changes proposed by the commission to a building they will move to the Homochitto Street property to use as an addition to the house there. Preziosi said the changes will make the two buildings more compatible in style and materials.

— The commission approved the remaining applications, including a proposed installation of a remote garage door at 615 State St.; a proposed restoration of the front facade at 123 N. Commerce St.; the proposed installation of vinyl windows at 702 Maple St.; a proposed two-story rear addition to 208 S. Union St.; the proposed installation of a pediment sign at 206 Main Street; the proposed installation of a patio roof at 310D Martin Luther King Jr. St.; and a proposed swimming pool, concrete deck and six-foot wood privacy fence at 329 Clifton Ave.