Natchez aldermen to hear Eola Hotel appeal

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Developers of the former Eola Hotel building are expected to appear before the Natchez Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.

Interim City Planner Riccardo Giani and the Natchez Planning Commission denied renovation plans for the first floor of the hotel last month.

The developers, including the building’s owner, Robert Lubin, hope to renovate the historic hotel into upscale senior living apartments.

Giani tells The Natchez Democrat the previously submitted plans for the first floor did not satisfy the requirements of the city code for the central business district in which the Eola is located.

Giani says the historic downtown district zone requires public access to all first floor businesses, and must be pedestrian friendly, and the submitted plans did not include enough public areas on the first floor.