Corinth temporarily halts construction in Old Town

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen has imposed a restriction on building in the downtown area of Corinth commonly called Old Town.

The ordinance prohibits issuing building permits for 90 days except for repairs, maintenance and additions to existing buildings, and new construction of R-1B single-family residences, said Dave Huwe, director of community planning and development.

The area zoned O-D that is affected by the ordinance is bordered by Main Street to the north; Douglas Street to the east; Washington Street to the west; and a zigzag line west to east that includes Childs, Bunch and Southern Railway to the south.

After two residences were destroyed by fire in the community, homeowners became concerned about what new building might replace them, and how any new building would affect their property values, Huwe said.

The moratorium would give the city time to study the issues, including land use and possible zoning changes, Huwe said.

The aldermen approved the order for the temporary halt to issuance of building permits effective immediately.

However, the mayor and aldermen urged Huwe to assure the work is completed as quickly as possible so that, if possible, the moratorium can end in less than 90 days.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com