Homeowner gets extra time to make repairs, sell

Published 10:59 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

The owner of a home at 718 Main St. has an extra five months to try and get her house ready to sell and escape the wrecking ball.

The Board of Architectural Review granted the extra time Tuesday after a relative of homeowner Marcella Haney said the family was trying to get the house ready to sell, zoning official Paula Wright said. The board in January placed a 150-day stay on a request by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to raze the home, and in June granted the family an additional 60-day extension, which had expired.

The house, located between Walnut and Washington streets in the city’s historic district has a for sale sign in the front yard.

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The house is unoccupied, but has service from Entergy and Vicksburg Utilities. A light burns on inside the house and padlock secures the front door.

A poster on the building dated Feb. 27, 2014, warns people that the building is unsafe, and two permits — a building permit to renovate the house dated March 26, 2014, and certificate of appropriateness from the Board of Architectural Review dated March 17, 2014  — are in the front window. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on March 18, 2014, gave Haney a 60-day extension to begin work on the house.

In other action, the board:

• Approved a request from Troy Weeks to build a new pergola, or open-roof arbor behind his home at 1106 Washington St.

• Approved a request by development company Live Work Play Downtown Vicksburg co-owner Daryl Hollingsworth to install a stove vent and make-up air duct on the outside of a building for a restaurant at 1412 Washington Street.

The duct will be concealed by plaster and painted to match the building.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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