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Natchez seeks new proposals on railroad station renovations

Natchez official are seeking more proposals for development of the former Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot.

The Natchez Democrat reports Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith made the motion Tuesday, saying it was in response to public feedback she received about how the project was originally bid for and awarded to New Orleans hotelier Warren Reuther.

Last year, the Board of Aldermen approved leasing the depot to a company owned by Reuther, who has said he plans to turn the depot into a small visitors’ center. The city has come under fire for the perceived lack of transparency in the dealings for the depot.

The city’s agreement with Reuther allowed Reuther to invest money in renovating the historic building, money that would later be applied to the cost of his lease.


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