Paperwork next step for condos

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; If they want a state board to approve plans for a proposed blufftop condo complex at its next meeting, city officials and developers have two weeks to get their paperwork turned in.

Friday, Mississippi Department of Archives and History trustees voted to give landmark status to the pecan factory site but to allow the pecan factory building to be torn down.

Now MDAH&8217;s permit board must approve plans for the proposed development, said Ken P&8217;Pool, the department&8217;s director of historic preservation.

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&8220;We (MDAH) staffers and the permit board have not been privy to the site plans,&8221; P&8217;Pool said.

Those don&8217;t have to be the final plans for the development. Instead, P&8217;Pool said, the permit board normally approves schematic, or preliminary, plans pending a future review of the final plans.

In approving the plans, he said, &8220;the board would look at how the proposed project fits in with the preservation guidelines&8221; for Natchez, which were written with MDAH&8217;s input.

In addition, the permit board would want the city&8217;s planning and historic preservation commissions to concur with its approval of the plans.

In order to be approved at the board&8217;s next meeting, set for Feb. 9, the city and/or developers would have to submit plans by Feb. 7.

Over the last seven months, some locals and historic preservationists said the original design for the complex didn&8217;t fit in with adjacent structures or the city&8217;s planning guidelines.

City officials said the condos, whose developers are Ed Worley and Larry L. Brown Jr., would help boost the city&8217;s economy and serve as a springboard for further development of the riverfront.

Work on the blufftop condo complex should start in July and would take about 14 to 18 months to complete, Worley said late last year.