Work on FBC is long overdue

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 12, 2007

After decades of neglect, what is arguably the city’s worst eyesore began receiving a cleanup on Monday.

The former First Baptist Church building on Main Street has been vacant for a generation.

Despite laws against having open access to such buildings, the church building has had unsecured windows and doors for years.

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It was among the city’s most ugly spots and in the most prominent of positions — front and center on Main Street in the historic downtown.

Neglect turned the house of worship into a place where vagrants congregated.

A group from Marerro, La., has purchased the once pristine facility in hopes of transforming the former church building into condominiums.

Whether or not the facility can be salvaged, and to what extent, has yet to be seen.

But for now, we’re just happy to see some cleanup being done on the horrible property.

Hopefully, the church building is the first of many such cleanup and restoration processes that our historic downtown will see in the days ahead.

Downtown Natchez is already a great place.

It can, however, get better by taking out one small eyesore at a time.