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Trash talk and Whole Foods discussed at City Council

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A proposal was introduced today to city officials to spend $600,000 dollars on road work around Fern and East 70th. That project is supposed to make traffic flow easier around the new Whole Foods store that's going to be built. So we talked to nearby businesses and drivers to get their thoughts on all the change.

Christa Murray drives through the area often, she said. "I think it's great. I think it's great for Shreveport. I think it's great for economic development. Shreveport's expanding 70th down there. I think it's going to be really good." Despite the present congestion, Murray says she doesn't mind the forthcoming road work that has to be done around Fern and E. 70th. 

John Psalmonds, Owner Rotolo's Shreveport-Bossier says it's going to be good for business. "With Whole Foods coming over there, we may have people coming down 70th Street that normally wouldn't so we may have a lot of new customers come in that went to Whole Foods and came over to check us out."

City councilman Oliver Jenkins says the city will coordinate with the current road construction and space the two projects out to alleviate traffic woes. The city will widen 70th and Fern Avenue to make room for a turn lane into Whole Foods. And the city already has the money for the project. "It's bond money that we have that's designated to streets and economic development." As far as the road work to get it all done, Jenkins says it comes with the territory. "Having more traffic on 70th Street, obviously there needs to be some adjustments for that and it's just a part of doing business." Psalmonds says, "I think this 70th Street corridor is going to become like Line or Youree since we have a lot of new construction and new businesses coming in. That way they don't have to go all the way to Youree to get what they're looking for."

There's already some state road construction going on 70th Street near Fern. State officials tell KTBS 3 News that project should wrap around may. So the two road projects should be staggered, allowing for a smooth transition.

Whole Foods should break ground in late spring of this year and should be ready to open early next year.

The city may be closed due to the threat of winter weather but the Shreveport City Council moved ahead with today's meeting. There's a few items on today's agenda that cost quite a bit of money that city officials say will be for the common good of the city. Here's a look at what they are.

First up, an ordinance was introduced to pay $600,000 thousand dollars for airport upgrades to security and runways out at shreveport regional airport.

There was also an ordinance introduced to use $400,000 thousand dollars worth of street improvements near fern and east 70th street to assist with whole foods arrival come early 2015.

And finally there's a proposal on the table to find a way to address the bulky garbage issues the city is having trouble picking up. That item has to go back to committee's for readjustments before it can be reintroduced to the council.

 

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