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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city that relies on tourism is updating its plan for maintaining and improving downtown.

The Natchez Democrat reports that the master plan for Natchez had not been updated since 1997. Aldermen adopted a new plan last week.

It focuses on maintaining historic properties that are deteriorating, establishing a cultural heritage district downtown, developing an old depot into a restaurant and giving new life to a theater.

City Planner Riccardo Giani says a Main Street director will be hired to promote the downtown economy.

Natchez sits on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, and its antebellum homes attract tourists from around the world.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat,