MDAH rejects condo permit

Published 4:26 pm Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History voted Thursday afternoon to reject the permit for new condominiums on the former Natchez Pecan Factory site.

After much discussion of the project to be built along the Mississippi River bluff, MDAH board members decided unanimously that there were enough questions about the safety of building on the site to decline a permit for construction.

In April, the MDAH permit committee required developers Worley-Brown, LLC, to meet certain requirements before the issuance of a construction permit. Among the requirements was a geotechnical report attesting to the safety and stability of the site.

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Developer Larry Brown, with his attorney Tim Waycaster, provided the geotechnical information July 30 and requested project approval from the board Thursday. Officials from the city, including Mayor Phillip West and city attorney Everett Sanders, were also in attendance.

After the decision, board members said they would meet again in October to approve an official document detailing the reasons for rejecting the current proposal.

Brown said his company would wait until then to decide whether they would appeal.