City leaders noted some improvement in conditions at the Corinth Inn and Suites during a property cleanup hearing held last week.

The Highway 72 hotel is under orders to clean up its business in terms of both appearance and clientele. Some of the city leadership recently expressed interest in possibly shutting down the business due to concerns about illegal activity and the condition of the property.

During the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s most recent meeting, the hotel owners said they have repaired the fencing between the hotel and neighboring apartments to eliminate unwanted foot traffic coming onto the property.

“They’ve still got a lot of work to do … We need to continue to talk about some cleanup and some aesthetics,” said Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff.

The board gave a 60-day continuance on the matter.

“It sounds like we’re moving in the right direction,” said Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin, who was sharply critical of the property when it was discussed a month earlier.

He thanked the owners, Dhiru Patel and Yogesh Jariwala, for the work that has been done thus far.

The owners have said they are working on remodeling.

Police Chief Ralph Dance also blasted the property in the prior discussion. He said drug activity and prostitution had been evident at the hotel.

In other property cleanup matters, the focus on Proper Street is moving forward with several properties scheduled for hearings at the Feb. 2 board meeting – 1500 Proper, 1424 Proper, 1702 Proper and 1803 Proper, along with 402 Young Street. Others on Proper Street will be staggered among future dates, said Ratliff, as the city pushes for improvements to numerous residential properties along its route.

In other cleanup actions, the board voted to adjudicate properties at 612 Madison Street and 203 Fifth Street, meaning the city will take action to get them cleaned up.

Aldermen gave a 30-day continuance for the commercial property at the corner of South Harper Road and Liddon Lake Road, where demolition of the house on the property is pending. Thirty-day continuances also went to 1409 Washington Street and 201 Stanley Street.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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