Plan to light Locust Alley gets design approval from City Preservation Committee – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
Plan to light Locust Alley gets design approval from city preservation committee
Posted 4:41 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Preservation Committee recently gave design approval to a group interested in lighting downtown Locust Alley.
The driveway, between Main and Franklin streets, is in the historic district of the city. This means that his approval is required before any changes are made to the buildings or the area around them.
Beau DesHotel, owner of the Arts District Studio at 107 N. Commerce St., and Jaki Robinson, vice president of the Home Bank in Natchez, petitioned the preservation commission for lighting approval.
“They’ve given concept approval and will come back with more details, like how the lights work,” said Frankie Legal, Natchez’s planner.
DesHotel said he and others involved in the project will soon get back to the preservation committee with diagrams and details, such as how the lights will attach to the buildings.
There are plans to add Italian streetlights that criss-cross the aisle “all the way down,” he said.
“I own a business on Commerce Street and like many people in Natchez, I thought to myself, ‘What a beautiful driveway to light up,'” DesHotel said. “So many people are involved in this project and want this to happen. It’s not just me and Jaki.
Monthly or weekly events like flea markets and antique stalls, and perhaps outdoor seating, would all benefit from aesthetic improvements in what is a main pedestrian thoroughfare to get to from Main Street. at Franklin St.
“It’s a place that everyone can enjoy,” he says.
Robinson is also excited about the prospects for Locust Alley.
“What I hope this will mean for the city is to bring the community together and form a bridge between Main and Franklin streets. People will be able to walk around in this nice, well-lit neighborhood, and hopefully we’ll have local markets and artists for tourists and the community,” she said.
Robinson and DesHotel plan to present the project to the mayor and council of aldermen of Natchez at the first meeting in October, “and at that time we will take it back to the preservation commission for final approval,” it said. she declared.
The first meeting of the Mayor and the College of Aldermen in October is on October 11 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber.