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Owners of fire-damaged building win approval for new roof

The owners of a historic Mississippi building which burned in a September fire have approval to put a new roof on the structure.

The Natchez Democrat reports that the Natchez Preservation Commission has approved plans for a different roof than the red-tiled one that traditionally topped the Prentiss Club.

The 113-year-old building, built to house a men’s club, was heavily damaged in a Sept. 2 fire.

Owners Fred and Melinda Kent plan to install a roof that will look similar, but will be made of less expensive flat shingles.

Natchez Planning and Zoning Director Riccardo Giani says the new roof is a faster solution that won’t detract from the building’s original appearance. He says the roof will look “relatively the same” as the old one to people on the ground.

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