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Demolition of factory ongoing; creating greenspace by river

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez is converting the site of an old pecan factory in the Mississippi River bluff into greenspace.

The Natchez Democrat reports workers have been removing the concrete foundation, retaining walls and driveway at the factory site.

Mayor Butch Brown said once the concrete is removed and the site cleaned up, the city plans to haul dirt to the site, level it out and plant grass seeds.

“We want to make it something that looks good and that we’re proud of,” Brown said.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen voted last August to buy back the pecan factory site six years after a condo development fell through. The city originally sold the property, which was donated to the city, for $500,000 and wound up purchasing it back from the developers for $750,000.

The pecan factory site could be used as demonstration gardens or for another related purpose when the city renovates the former railroad depot on the bluff, Brown said.

“We want to develop it as a park atmosphere, where there can be events and attractions,” Brown said. “It’s got lots and lots of possibilities, not just one purpose.”

Alcorn State University and Mississippi State University are working with the city to a product development facility and build a farmers market.

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