By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Rienzi officials asked the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday to transfer the property formerly known as Wurlitzer Two to the city for its use.
Mayor Walter Williams, accompanied by aldermen and the town attorney, said the building has fallen into serious disrepair and has become an eyesore that they would like to renovate and put to good use as a community center, walking trail and park.
The county and King Manufacturing have a long-term lease, but the company has not used it since the late 1980s. However, King Manufacturing had subleased the building to Pierce Foam and Supply, which also has not used the building for a number of years.
District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell said he had spoken with principals in the King Manufacturing organization, and they are willing to return the property to the county. However, they must notify their tenant so that any of the tenant’s property that remains in the building can be removed.
With concurrence of other supervisors, Mitchell said once the county again has possession of the property they would be glad to transfer it for use by Rienzi.
The town will apply for a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority to make the necessary renovations and improvements, Williams said. Rienzi approached the state with an idea for a community center, walking trail and park last year, but had no property, he said. Now it will have a nice location for the state to consider in their grant application.
The approximately seven or eight acres of property, in addition to the sizeable building, is conveniently located on Robbins Street near downtown, he said.