City mulling whether to vacate easement|[12/22/07]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Washington Street businessman has asked the City of Vicksburg to abandon an easement that caused a disagreement between him and a neighbor earlier this fall.

The dispute stemmed from Robert Ware’s desire to put a utility pole behind his hotel and bar, The Ware House.

Ware and the property owner of an adjacent building, Jay Jabour, disagreed over the placement of a pole in the alley behind their properties at 1412, 1414 and 1416 Washington St.

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Providing electricity to Ware’s property at 1414 Washington St., where he planned to house a restaurant and hotel rooms, was stalled when Jabour balked at the installation of the utility pole, which he said would block access to his trash receptacle.

Jabour, who owned 1416 Washington St. and leased the building to the operators of the former Pig Willy’s bar and Country Junction restaurant, has since sold the building to Ware, who opened a sports bar in the upstairs area that once housed Pig Willy’s.

Ware asked the city to release the easement in September, but was told the request must come from both property owners, else the city could face legal repercussions. On Friday, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen received Ware’s request and is taking it under consideration.

Since Ware is the sole owner of the properties, he said he anticipates approval. “It was just a technicality.”