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Biloxi leaders postpone decision to demolish Porter Avenue home

Biloxi leaders postpone decision to demolish Porter Avenue home. (Photo Source: WLOX) Biloxi leaders postpone decision to demolish Porter Avenue home. (Photo Source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi leaders have put off a decision on whether to tear down a house on Porter Avenue. City leaders said Biloxi purchased the home next to the visitors center with the intention of making it into green space, not of restoring the 80-year-old house.

The house was damaged in Katrina and then later by arson. Code officials said it's not structurally sound.

The city council tabled a decision to demolish the home after some residents asked the city to look into if the house can be sold to a buyer willing to move it to another location. Some neighbors said the house is an eyesore and a hazard.

"At night, I can't tell you how many times I've had to call the police and ask that they remove vagrants before the fire and after the fire," said neighbor Carol Koules.

"I just think it would be great for the city to ask some more questions before moving forward with the demolition of this structure," Mississippi Heritage Trust Director Lolly Barnes said. "I think it would be helpful to know what it would take to save it."

A consultant said since Biloxi received a grant to buy the property the city can't legally donate the building, while code officials said they don't know the house can moved without collapsing.

The Biloxi council will discuss the future of the house again at its June 30 meeting.  

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