Natchez church buys South Street Apartment complex

Published 6:50 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

The South Street Apartments have a new owner.

Warren County Habitat for Humanity executive director Abraham Green said the vacant apartment complex, which was donated to Habitat, was sold Friday for $115,000 to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Natchez.

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City housing director Gertrude Young said the complex will be renovated and the apartments rented.

“This will provide us with funds to finish two houses we’re building on Roosevelt Street and to build an additional house on Martin Luther King (Boulevard) under the city’s blight (elimination) program,” Green said of the sale.

He said the work on the Roosevelt Street homes had been delayed because there was not enough money to finish the work.

“Some of our first mortgages (which were providing funding) were starting to be paid off, “ he said. “We had planned to build two homes with the money from the sale, but we’ll finish the two on Roosevelt and build one house.”

The apartment complex, also known as the Triple Six Apartments, is a 41-unit apartment building at South and Locust streets.

The city, in June 2012, closed 14 of the apartments because of their condition, and later condemned the rest of the complex, putting it under the city’s slum clearance ordinance, which allowed the city to take control of the property, demolish it and put it up for sale to recover its costs.

While it was vacant, the apartment complex was vandalized for copper pipe and wiring, and was used by vagrants as a place to sleep or get out of the weather.

In 2014, the apartment complex was bought by Kent Smith, a Holly Springs lawyer, who intended to refurbish the apartments. The project never materialized, and Smith in 2016 donated the complex to Habitat for Humanity with the provision that whatever happens to the property enhances the city, the South Street neighborhood and the city’s downtown district.

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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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