Audubon developers meet with public

Published 12:16 am Tuesday, February 19, 2008

NATCHEZ — Developers for the proposed Audubon Terrace housing development met with members of the public Monday to answer any questions or objections they might have.

The project is pending approval by the board of alderman, and has met some criticism in the city. The aldermen will review Audubon Terrace’s proposal next Tuesday.

A hand full of citizens attended the meeting.

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A lot of people have a misconception that Audubon Terrace is going to be low-income housing, said attorney for the developers Dale Danks.

“I find that when it comes to developing this project, we’re having to put out fires started by stories about this project instead of developing the project,” he said.

Renters who qualify for the housing will be allowed to rent the three-bedroom, two bath houses for the first 15 years, and then they will have the option of buying the home, developer Clifton Philips said.

For those first 15 years, a third party will maintain the exterior of the area’s 65 homes, and the renters will maintain the interiors.

No parking will be allowed in the streets, and renters will be allowed to park two cars in the garage and two outside the garage in the driveway, developer Harry Wood said.

“We’re not going to let this be run down,” Wood said. “It’s not going to look junky. We have to keep it up because we’re spending a lot of money.”

To live in the area, which will be gated, renters will have to pass a criminal and credit-background check.

The community will have a security gate at its entrance and an access gate for emergency personnel at its back end, but the public will not be allowed to use the back gate, Philips said.

The proposed entrance to the community will come off of Old Washington Street, and the back gate will border the Oriole Terrace area.