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MPC meets tomorrow, zone change debate expected

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Shreveport's Metropolitan Planning Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow. You can bet the corner of Kings Highway and Highland Avenue will come up in debate.

The MPC may rezone that area. It's zoned for residential safe usage now, that's B-1 or B-2 zoning. The change would be to B-2 E. It's all to allow a funeral home to move into the former Don's Seafood Restaurant.

Residents against the proposed zoning change see traffic congestion as a major concern. Often funeral processions bring traffic to a halt. People stop for respect, and police block lanes to allow a procession the right of way. John Atkins, a nearby property owner, believes this is bad for businesses.

"People wanna go to Brookshires, Wendy's or to the gas station," Atkins said. "they'll be times during the weekends when you have funerals where it's going to be very difficult to get to those locations."

Rosalind Patterson-Nelson, a local businesswoman, has requested the zoning change and plans to open the funeral home. She believes it's no big deal and any traffic congestion would only last a few minutes.

"That's it!" Patterson-Nelson said. "It'll just stop for a few minutes, and then, the traffic will proceed. The police escorts, they are very competent with moving traffic along quickly."

Patterson-Nelson sees purchasing and renovating the old restaurant as a possible economic stimulus for the neighborhood.

"Also, revitalize a historic landmark," she said. "Wouldn't that be better than having a building deteriorating?"

Atkins believes business is needed for the neighborhood, but a funeral home just isn't the right fit.

"Well, we need business for the neighborhood, but it needs to be the right business," Atkins said. "It would be wonder if we had a restaurant back there like Don's was."

The MPC's public meeting will be held at 1 PM Thursday within Government Chamber downtown.

 

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