After more than four years of negotiations, Columbus Redevelopment Authority may be approaching the end of the acquisition process for the Burns Bottom project, said CRA President John Acker.
After four years of unsuccessful negotiations with property owners, the Columbus Redevelopment Authority has moved to begin eminent domain action to mandate the sale of 12 properties in the Burns Bottom Redevelopment District.
The Taylor-Burns House on Third Street North will be gone within the next 30 days.
Columbus Fire and Rescue has burned three abandoned homes in the Burns Bottom area as part of an agreement between the Columbus Redevelopment Authority, which owns the properties, and the city.
Though the Mississippi Department of Archives and History did not make it a state landmark, the Taylor-Burns House on Third Street North has gotten one last chance to avoid demolition.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History has named the former Hunt High School a Mississippi Landmark.
A home in Burns Bottom the city once slated to tear down and a school campus a recent tornado badly damaged are now being considered for state landmark status.
Findings from a survey of historical structures in the Burns Bottom area have Columbus Redevelopment Authority representatives hopeful the neighborhood could be removed from the National Register of Historic Places.
The Columbus Redevelopment Authority will temporarily hold off on acquiring more properties in the Burns Bottom neighborhood.
A local Realtor representing the Columbus Redevelopment Authority sent letters to at least 11 property owners in the Burns Bottom neighborhood saying if they did not agree to sell their lots by Tuesday, the CRA would get a court order to forcibly purchase them for a lower price.