Preservation Committee Files Request for Murals in Historic Downtown District – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
NATCHEZ — Taylor Cooley has to wait longer to find out if she will be allowed to have murals painted on the side and back of her apartment building at the northwest corner of Franklin and North Rankin streets.
The Natchez Preservation Commission filed its request at its meeting Wednesday evening at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers.
Taylor, a professional photographer, owns the building at 631 Franklin St., which she uses as event space, as well as to house her photography business.
Frankie Legaux, who started work this month as Natchez’s city planner, told the commission that his office was working on guidelines to allow murals in downtown Natchez, but those guidelines did not not been presented to the mayor and council of aldermen for approval.
Cooley, clearly losing patience with the process, said she had been waiting for over a year and asked when the guidelines would be ready. Legal was unable to provide him with an exact date.
Cooley then asked the commission to make a decision Wednesday night on her candidacy, but was warned that if the council votes on her application and does not approve it, it will take a year before she can present a new one. candidacy.
She also asked what the penalties would be if she continued with her murals without the commission’s approval. Legals said fines could be civil and criminal, including fines of up to $100 a day and misdemeanor arrest.
Preservation Commission member Mac Hazlip told Cooley that the commission was unlikely to approve his mural.
“It will be a difficult climb for this council to approve the murals. It’s going to be tough to get downtown murals approved in the historic district,” Hazlip said.
Natchez resident Richard Branyon asked if the city plans to enforce city codes on the unapproved murals that have been installed in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street triangular area.
Legals said violations of city regulations can be found in all historic districts and plans are underway to address them.
“I have a list and we’re going to go through that list one by one,” she said.