Letter to the Editor: Summer Tree Apartments Condemnation Repeal

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Natchitoches City Council will vote at their next meeting Monday, February 22, 2021 to repeal the condemnation decision for the Summer Tree Apartments located at 312 Second Street. Many residents and I want these dilapidated buildings to be demolished.

The out-of-town bank that owns the property has drug this out for over 5 years with no new work completed in about 3 years. There is litigation ongoing surrounding the status of this property. Citizens of Natchitoches get as little as six months before bulldozers show up at their homes once declared unsafe and fail to comply with the building code. It is unfair to give this location another chance. These buildings create an unsafe environment for the neighboring homes and nearby residents of our City. It is right next to our City Park where children play, directly on the Christmas Parade route, and close to the American Cemetery heavily frequented by tourists.

I walked to these buildings on Friday, February 19, 2021 and saw footprints in the snow leading in and out of three different breaks in the metal fencing around the buildings. This is proof that people are illegally entering these buildings for unknown reasons. I knocked on the doors of every home immediately neighboring the buildings and asked them their opinion on demolition. Of those that answered, the majority want the buildings demolished.

Call your District’s Council Members, that may be in favor of pulling the demolition order, and city-wide Council Woman at Large Betty Sawyer Smith at 332-8668 to voice your opinion.

Please let everyone you know who is interested in this matter to come to the meeting tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, 714 Second Street. I believe the sign in sheet to speak at the meeting must be signed by 5:15 p.m. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely yours,

Natalie Covher

6 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Summer Tree Apartments Condemnation Repeal

  1. So why has the decision on this property dragged out for 5 years when citizens of Natchitoches get only 6 months? It is an eyesore and I agree, tear it down and build something nice there. I don’t understand what the problem is.

  2. Lol!!! You must have a thing or two against Mrs. Sawyer, why didn’t you include the actual council member’s contact info who controls that district alone with our “city wide” Mayor, Ronnie Williams Jr?Did you have this same enery when Posey was in office?

    • The buildings are in District 1. The Council person for that district is Eddie Harrington, he is against pulling the order. He explained why at the last council meeting and was dismissed by Smith. Smith’s number is the only one listed on the City Council’s webpage of those who are for pulling the order. Mayor Williams doesn’t vote tonight council members do. Yes, I did have this same energy during the previous administration. Specifically when City Council tried to put in a temporary bridge. I’ve been to every Church Street bridge meeting and public forum. I’ve submitted my opinion on each stage if progression to DOTD. I also have voted in every local election for the last 5 years. I believe in Natchitoches. One of my favorite things about Natchitoches is that everyone has a voice if they choose to use it. Living in bigger cities only the elites were heard was personally disheartening. This town is small enough that the little guy gets a say too.

    • Thank you Lucy11 for sharing this pertinent information. If anyone is unable to attend the meeting in person this is a great resource.

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