13 structures slated for removal in city

Published 12:09 pm Saturday, January 6, 2024

At its first meeting of 2024, the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen approved more than a dozen structures across the city to be demolished and removed.

City Inspector David Fearn presented a list of 55 addresses to the aldermen, 13 of which had been selected for demolition. Some of these abandoned and neglected structures have already collapsed, others are in various stages of decay, and some are known locations for criminal activity.

The board approved the list unanimously, but also have a couple of days to submit changes to Fearn for their respective wards. State law requires property owners have 15 days after notification by letter to respond if they do not want the demos to take place.

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A hearing was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for the public to attend if anyone wishes to address the board on the take-downs.

One address — 213 Rogers Circle — is listed as owned by the State of Mississippi. At the request of Ward 4 Alderman Jeff Henning, board attorney Bobby Moak will check to see if the City can take ownership of the property once it is cleared, or if the State will pay for the demolition and clearing, if the State maintains ownership.

The list will be finalized following the Feb. 6 hearing. Addresses slated for demo are:

Ward 1, James Magee Jr.

• 706 Hines St., owner Nathaniel Waterman

• 98 Poplar St., owner Latedra Faust

Ward 2, Shannon Moore

• 110 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, owner Lentee Williams estate

• 905 East Cherokee St., owner Beverly D. Butler

• 912 East Cherokee St., owner Terry Horne

• 904 Independence St., owner James Sidney Smith estate

• 906 Independence St., owner Altha Mae Sidney estate

• 724 Williams St., owner Adrian Williams

Ward 3, Charles Caston Sr.

• 709 Swalm, owner SE Cubit estate

• 240 Gullidge St., owner Mary Lou McNair

• 645 Beauregard St., owner Keith Redd

Ward 6, Andre’ Spiller

• 513 Mamie St., owner Otho Roberts

• 213 Rogers Circle, owner State of Mississippi