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Gulfport says new Grass Lawn is unacceptable

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By David Elliott – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport residents have been waiting for the rebuilt Grass Lawn to open for nearly a year. But it appears, they'll have to wait a little longer.

"The city is not going to take it in the condition it's in. It's deficient," Ward 4 Councilman Rusty Walker said.

Walker walked around the home Monday and pointed out what he calls "construction flaws." Wood on the porch is buckling, the boards over the walkway are unpainted and other problems plague the project.

The original home was severely damaged by Katrina. The city used a $500,000 grant from the state Department of History and Archives, $500,000 worth of insurance proceeds and $600,000 in Katrina recovery money to rebuild the historic structure.

"The city just wants the building back. We want it finished," Walker said.

C. Perry Construction Company in Sumrall, Mississippi was the contractor on the job. WLOX contacted the company and Vice President Todd Perry declined to comment on the city's charges.

Walker said Gulfport has been asking the contractor to finish the job.

"We want it completed and we want it ready."

The two sides are negotiating a deal to fix the problems. If that doesn't work, the Grass Lawn project could end up in court.

Grass Lawn faces another legal hurdle. Some residents in the neighborhood are taking the city to court in an effort to regulate some of the events that could be held there.  They contend that some events are a nuisance and violate city ordinances.

Councilman Walker is confident that everything will be worked out.

"At this point there is finger pointing. I believe they will get on the same page and we'll have it open as soon as possible."

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