The Jackson Historic Preservation Commission had granted a 60-day reprieve to allow members to inspect the property before Friday’s ruling by Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas granting an extension of a temporary restraining order.
Assistant City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen’s signature is on the court order that also bans Melton or any city employees from coming on the premise of A-1 Pallet.
“It’s a health and safety issue, and I don’t think I can wait 60 days,” Melton said.
Joe Lewis, the city’s director of community improvement, said the City Council voted to demolish the property during a meeting earlier this month.
Before any of the properties can be demolished, Lewis said, there must be an environmental clearance. And properties, such as A-1 Pallet, in a historical district, must be approved by the Preservation Commission.