- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed challenging Natchez’s plans to lease the city depot building.

The city has agreed to allow a private entity led by New Orleans Hotel Consultants President Warren Reuther to lease the building for 15 years. In exchange, the company will finish interior renovations to the building, which the city says it can’t afford.

The Natchez Democrat reported (https://bit.ly/1NOk5TR ) that city resident Gwen Ball sued over the agreement in Adams County Circuit Court.

Ball says the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, including the railroad depot, was granted to the citizens of Natchez by Congress when the area became part of the United States. She says regulations governing the sale and lease of public property weren’t followed.

Natchez City Attorney Hyde Carby declined to comment on the lawsuit.



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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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