By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
RIENZI – Alcorn County supervisors agreed this week to sell a county-owned building and property to the town of Rienzi to be converted into a community center with a walking trail and park.
The town offered $1,000 to make the purchase, and the county board accepted the offer at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
Rienzi Mayor Walter Williams and several aldermen approached the county board in July to request use of the property formerly known as Wurlitzer Two. The building had fallen into serious disrepair and become an eyesore, the officials said, and they wanted to renovate it and put it to good use.
District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell has been discussing return of the property to the county by King Manufacturing, which has held it in a long-term lease for a number of years.
The city plans to apply for a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority to make the necessary renovations and improvements and owning the property puts them in a better position to qualify for the grants, Mitchell said.
When the city approached the state last year for a grant they had no property, Williams said. The approximately seven or eight acres of property, in addition to the sizable building, is conveniently located on Robbins Street near downtown.