Fred's building

If approved by the Board of Aldermen, the former Fred’s building will be subdivided from neighboring smaller store spaces.

The owner of the former Fred’s building at Harper & Shiloh is looking to subdivide it from neighboring commercial property with an eye toward sale of the building.

Recommendations from the board of adjustment and planning commission will likely go to the Board of Aldermen for approval in February. On Monday evening, the planning commission voted to recommend approval of subdividing the property, which will separate the former Fred’s building from the neighboring corner shops, contingent on the adoption of an appropriate legal agreement for parking.

The property is owned by B&L Inc.

“B&L has entertained some offers as to the Fred’s building alone,” said attorney John Windsor, representing the owner.

The corner shops were later built alongside the larger building.

The board of adjustment voted to recommend approval of a side yard setback variance from 25 feet to zero on the west side of the larger building to accommodate the split.

The former Fred’s building is 29,000 square feet, and the 77 parking spaces in front of it are not enough to meet code, according to Building Inspector Greg Tyson.

Fred’s closed its Corinth location in 2019 after many years in the Corinth market. The building has previously been home to discount chains including ALCO and Magic Mart.

In other business:

Members of the new Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District, which includes older downtown neighborhoods, submitted a draft of their proposed guidelines for building in the area.

“There’s a lot of things that provide the charm that we feel that our neighborhood has,” said Philip Verdung, one of the members. “It’s not one particular type of architecture. It’s not one particular feature that you might see on certain properties. It’s well-built; they all have some style; and, over the years, it has changed.”

The guidelines aim to protect the character of things like front porches, sidewalks, landscaping and the pedestrian-friendly environment, he said.

Both boards re-elected Lee Thurner to serve as chairman. The meeting time continues to be 5 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month.

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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