“Sick and Dangerous” Trees Fall at Banker’s House – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
NATCHEZ – The owner of The Banker’s House – Jeff Bond – is asking residents who are upset by the recent logging in the house to give him time and confidence.
“It’s going to be really cool. You’re going to have to trust me on this. We’re going to have three gardens there. We are adding electricity and going to have lighting on the house. We will have fountains, ”Bond said. “It will be a million times better. It’s one of those things you’re going to have to trust me on.
The old and tall falling trees generated negative comments on social media. Despite his plans for the gardens and landscaping of the house, the trees were felled due to their condition and tree root damage to the structure of the house and the surrounding brick and iron fence. historic property, he said.
Pete Cantu, a Natchez contractor who worked for Bond on his renovation of the McClure house on North Union Street and also works on the renovation of the banker’s house, said the tree roots – magnolias and pecans – were damaging the basement walls of the house and had broken a gas line on the property.
“The trees closest to the house were hollow in the middle and the trees in the front of the house were growing towards the basement and some had cracked the basement wall,” Cantu said.
He said the trees had been wrongly identified on social media as black walnuts.
“They weren’t black nuts. They were pecans, ”Cantu said. “The recent storms have been a bit more problematic. He just replaced the roof, and when the ice storm hit those trees did a lot of damage. They broke the gutters.
Cantu said Bond is working closely with Mimi Miller and Carter Burns of the Historic Natchez Foundation and architect Johnny Waycaster, who is designing an addition to the home that will include a garage. He said that no law protects large diseased trees. Bond strives to preserve the historic integrity of the house, Cantu said.
Bond, who spent three years renovating the McClure House, plans to make the Banker’s House his home. The McClure House is under contract and he expects to close the house on July 30.
“He (Bond) saved a collapsing property. He will do the same with this house, ”Cantu said.
Bond said two trees were cut down on the property before buying it.
“There is more to the story. What people don’t realize is that two trees have already been felled – one in the front and one in the back. The former owners of the restaurant next door dismantled the one in the back because it damaged their building. A neighbor removed the one in front while the previous owner had it. It was damaging the neighbor’s property, ”Bond said. “These trees posed a danger not only to the house and the fence, but also to people passing by or driving nearby or to people coming onto the property to pick pecans. I certainly didn’t mind people coming to the property to pick pecans, but someone was going to get hurt.
The Banker’s House, 107 Canal St., was built in 1836 and was connected to the Commercial Bank of Natchez, 206 Main St., which was built in 1833. The Banker’s House is believed to have been built to be the home. office of a bank officer.