Preservation laws are blocking the expansion of an Ocean Springs church. The Ocean Springs Church of Christ wants to move a 50-year-old house from its property so church can expand. Dee Wichman, who lives in the city, wants to take the house, but a city ordinance will not allow the house to be located on her property.
City officials say the problem Wichman faces is that the city does not allow an outbuilding that is more than 50 percent of the primary structure's floor space. The house in question is about 850 square feet. Officials say Wichman will have to apply for a lot split.