SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Shreveport City Council has rejected an ordinance that would have allowed zoning for a proposed $22 million housing development in the Martin Luther King community after it drew vocal opposition from neighbors.
In Tuesday’s final vote, two council members were in favor and five opposed an ordinance that would have amended the zoning for an area of land on Audrey Lane and Freddie Street to from allowing single-family residential housing to multi-family residential housing to accommodate a 166-unit apartment complex.
More than a dozen neighbors showed up to share their thoughts at both Monday’s work session on the project and on Tuesday before the vote, and the majority spoke out against the project.
“I’m asking each and every one of you to vote ‘no’ on this project,” said MLK resident and mother, Tabatha Taylor. “Let’s look to see where we can do this somewhere else, but just not at the corner of Audrey Lane. We have been here on Monday, we’re here today on Tuesday. MLK residents are here, we have 500 signatures on this petition.”
Councilmen Willie Bradford and James Flurry were the two council members who voted in favor of the project.