- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The city of Natchez will take ownership of the “bean field” property at the end of the Natchez Trace Parkway on July 15.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1Uw23rX) local officials plan a ceremony at City Hall to accept the deed from the state for the three parcels.

The bean field area was originally intended to be the terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway, but in the 1990s that location was changed.

Legislation signed in March by the governor requires any development on the two parcels to be compatible with the use of the parkway.

A third parcel included in the legislation will be sold with the proceeds split among the Natchez riverfront and capital projects in Adams County by the National Park Service and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Because the National Park Service does not buy or sell land, getting the property back into the state’s possession -with the intention of giving it back to the city - required approval by Congress, which came in 2013.

“We pushed hard to get it through Congress to have those parcels returned to the state and then ultimately to the city, and we are very proud of that accomplishment,” Natchez Mayor Butch Brown said Monday.

While no definite plans have been made for the bean field property, local officials have discussed using it as a location for a citycounty recreation complex for several years, It is near the proposed property at Liberty Park being discussed for a pool and soccer fields as part of the citycounty plan.

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

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