South Bossier to see big changes – Louisiana News

South Bossier to see big changes – Louisiana News

Following litigation, redevelopment districts are set to see work begin

After bouts of litigation, south Bossier is due to get a multi-million-dollar upgrade for its parks and roads.

As the result of a lawsuit settlement between U.L. Coleman Companies and the City of Bossier City, $5 million is tapped for a redevelopment district encompassing south Bossier City neighborhoods over the next five years.

The 2008 lawsuit stemmed from the city denying access to the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway for the company’s Walker Place mixed use development.

That suit was settled in 2012, which mandated for the creation of redevelopment districts called Barksdale South Neighborhood and Barksdale Boulevard, and a committee to oversee the development. The neighborhood district would protect and maintain appearance, encourage home ownership, and guard against deterioration. The Barksdale Boulevard district will strengthen economic vitality, preserve commercial character, enhance visual appeal, improve motorist and pedestrian safety, and encourage investment and redevelopment.

The implementation of those districts was delayed when the city and the developer disagreed over how the projects in the settlement should be executed, with Coleman eventually taking the city to court in 2015, saying the city violated the settlement.

Federal Judge Maurice Hicks, Jr. denied Coleman’s motion last month and removed the stay on the redevelopment districts.

Judge Hicks issued an order in mid-March to appoint a special master to oversee the redevelopment districts. He then requested the city and Coleman submit briefs…

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