Plans to tear down two dilapidated homes in Belhaven are on hold after they were purchased by the Jackson-based William Lake LLC. The homes are located at 1609 St. Ann St. and 1925 Laurel St.
Lake purchased the homes in early July and submitted a repair plan to the city’s code enforcement division for approval. He has 60 days to remodel the facilities, or plans for demolition could move forward, Cmdr. Jaye Coleman, with code services, said.
Coleman didn’t know if the properties would be sold or leased. “We don’t ask if they’re doing that. We (just make sure they) bring them up to living conditions,” he said.
William Lake, the company’s president, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Officers listed for the firm on the Secretary of State’s Web site included Lake and Jerry Lake, owner of Carter Jewelers.
The LLC’s address is listed at 711 High St., Jackson, the same address listed for the jeweler.
In June, the city council approved a $10,520 contract with TYM3 Management to demolish the St. Ann structure, a two-story Tudor style that has been abandoned for roughly a decade.
Even though St. Ann had been approved for demolition by the council, both homes will still be going before the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, to have demolition plans approved, in case the repairs are not completed, Coleman said.
The homes are located in the Belhaven Historic District, and most exterior modifications must be signed off on by the board.
Jackson code services also had been seeking a contractor to raze the two-story structure on Laurel, which also had been vacant for about 10 years.
William Lake LLC is registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State and currently owns six properties in Jackson, according to Hinds County land roll records.
Properties include 835 N. Jefferson St., 933 N. Jefferson, 1321 Lynwood Dr., 1337 Lynwood, North Street and Boyd Street, records show.