The Lee Middle School property on Military Road is now a Mississippi Historic Landmark.
The city’s Board of Adjustments and Appeals opted Monday to rezone the former Lee Middle School property from single-family residential (R-1) to neighborhood commercial (C-1), clearing the way for a possible multi-million dollar mixed-use development.
Columbus Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday released possible future plans for the Lee Middle School property.
Redevelopment plans in Burns Bottom are on hold, as the neighborhood’s future is now directly tied to the value the state will assign to its past.
May could prove a critical month in the future of the Lee Middle School property on Military Road.
The city plans to tear down a house in Burns Bottom that is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of a tax-funded redevelopment effort in the neighborhood.
The real estate company working with a potential buyer of the Lee Middle School property has filed a protective order in response to a public records request by The Dispatch to see contracts the buyer has with the Columbus Redevelopment Authority.
Columbus City Council on Tuesday agreed to demolish eight vacant houses in the Burns Bottom area to help support an ongoing Columbus Redevelopment Authority project in the area.
There is a developer interested in purchasing the former Lee Middle School property on Military Road.
Columbus city councilmen unanimously approved a one-mil tax increase for Fiscal Year 2018 to help fund a $3.2 million urban renewal bond for the Columbus Redevelopment Authority.