Jackson County

Jackson County takes The Shed to court for rebuilding without permits

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Guests leave The Shed Barbecue & Blues Joint on Mississippi 57 near Vancleave on Tuesday June 14, 2016. The Jackson County building department has sighted The Shed for several violations.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Guests leave The Shed Barbecue & Blues Joint on Mississippi 57 near Vancleave on Tuesday June 14, 2016. The Jackson County building department has sighted The Shed for several violations. SUN HERALD

JACKSON COUNTY -- The county is taking The Shed Barbecue & Blues Joint to court, saying an owner failed to get the proper permits when he rebuilt the restaurant after the 2012 fire.

Building officials have cited restaurant owner Brad Orrison for having the commercial structures built without permits in a special flood-hazard area, and for having unpermitted signs out front.

The Shed, off Interstate 10 at Mississippi 57, burned down in February 2012. County Building Official Marcus Catchot said, in an April 26 complaint filed in court, the restaurant was built back without the permits needed from the county.

On Monday, the case was set for trial before County Court Judge T. Larry Wilson but did not proceed.

However, Catchot answered questions about the case in court. County Prosecutor Mark Watts asked him if the problems at The Shed could be fixed so it can meet code requirements.

Watts said the answer was, "It can't be fixed."

Watts told the Sun Herald sometimes a building can be raised or jacked up to bring it into compliance.

"If it's a total violation with no fix, you have to take it down," he said.

There was no resolution in the case Monday and the judge set a Jan. 23 hearing date.

Orrison and co-owner Brooke Lewis, Orrison's sister, started the restaurant about 15 years ago in a 300-foot shed.

As it grew, they made additions using scrap wood and tin donated by people. Soon, The Shed had the capacity to seat 910 patrons inside and out, and was serving about 4,500 people a week. Then it burned and was rebuilt right away.

On Tuesday, Catchot said building officials "want to work with Brad and The Shed to do whatever we can and to help any way we can and to resolve any issues we have."

Orrison said Tuesday he has reviewed the report.

"We are being proactive and are looking into the nature of the alleged violations," he said. "We look forward to continuing work with the county to fully address any issues or concerns the county may have as we celebrate 15 years of continued business."

County building officials said the original Shed was built when building codes were more lenient. At the time of the 2012 fire, the county fire coordinator told the Sun Herald he didn't even know if the original business had ever had a fire inspection.

The county inspects when a building is under construction or being renovated.

Catchot did not wish to elaborate further on the violations cited in the complaint.

But Watts said, "There will be an order to remove the structure if they don't come into compliance."

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