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.