2024 DNA’s Destination Downtown: Real Estate Game Plan Materials from Place + Main

The Game Plan is a package of materials that includes current and projected market data, including demographic trends and retail leakage; and results of the Downtown Visioning Walking Tour and Possibilities Presentation, with recommendations of strategies Downtown Natchez could undertake that would improve the real estate conditions.

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Now Accepting Nominations

Do you know an individual or a group whose volunteer time and talent has made a difference in the beautification of Downtown Natchez?  If so, please nominate your candidate for the annual “Sallie Junkin Ballard Keep Natchez Blooming Award!” The window is open for nominations from now until Friday, June 7, 2024.

“These are exciting times in Natchez! A thriving downtown is at the heart of my vision for the Natchez Renewal, and it’s happening. You can literally feel the energy as you walk our beautiful downtown streets and enjoy our shops, restaurants, galleries, and music venues. I am committed to our city’s award-winning Downtown Master Plan and our partnership with Mississippi Main Street and the Downtown Natchez Alliance. This means continued growth and rejuvenation of our historic downtown!”

Dan M. Gibson

Mayor, The Historic City of Natchez

Hiram Revels Plaza at MLK Triangle

One of the most important ideas for this sub-area plans listed in the Downtown Master Plan is the transformation of the triangular space that gives the area its name into a great civic space. The site is owned by the Zion Chapel AME Church and features a historic two-story brick building anchoring the site’s west end with concrete paving on the balance to accommodate parking. Below are primary objectives for the site, subject to the church’s agreement:

• Retain and rehabilitate the existing historic structure
• Retain the business occupying the historic structure
• Eliminate the parking on the triangle, but insure nearby alternative parking
• Redesign and redevelop the triangle into a great civic space

Signing Ceremony Paves Way For Anchor Of MLK Triangle

On January 25, 2024, Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church and The City of Natchez held a signing ceremony for the official donation of a portion of the church-owned M.L.K. Triangle property to the City for the future development of Hiram Rhodes Revels Plaza.

The City of Natchez, Zion Chapel A.M.E. and the Downtown Natchez Alliance jointly spearhead the creation of Revels Plaza Project, which is one of the 3 key anchors of the City’s Downtown Master Plan that was approved by the Board of Aldermen in May 2018.

Honored by American Planning Association as Mississippi’s 2018 Most Outstanding Project

The city’s Downtown Master Plan is a comprehensive program to boost downtown retail, art, and entertainment, consistent with the city’s historic preservation goals, from the River and the Bluff to our traditional 19th century African-American business district. Go to the Executive Summary page or download the full plan proposal to learn more.

Our Mission

The Downtown Natchez Alliance (DNA) is a non-profit entity organized to advance Downtown Natchez as a vibrant commercial and cultural district consistent with the city’s award-winning Downtown Master Plan and the national Main Street Approach, a time-tested framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization of historic downtowns.