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Commission requires owner to stabilize endangered house

The owners of one of the state’s most endangered historic mansions have until October to submit plans to Natchez officials to stabilize the house.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2ax5pt9) the Natchez Preservation Commission recently set a 90-day deadline for Frances Oberlin Stephens and Sam Oberlin, who own Melmont, which was placed on the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s most endangered historic places list in October 2015.

A few months later, in early 2016, a section of the two-story Greek Revival house, caved in.

If plans to stabilize the house are not submitted before the deadline, the commission could file misdemeanor demolition by neglect charges against the owners.

City Planner Riccardo Giani said he does not think it will come to that.


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