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Groundbreaking for Renaissance at Allendale

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 Two long-time projects in Shreveport are in a land fight. The Housing Authority and Interstate 49 both have their eyes set on the Allendale area near downtown Shreveport. The Housing Authority of The City of Shreveport held their ground breaking of the new Renaissance at Allendale, a new affordable housing community. Some say, the new community is just what the city needs to meet the needs of its people, while others say the project could end up having to be demolished.
Richard Herrington, is the Executive Director and CEO Housing Authority of Shreveport. Herrington said  the I-49 project has been in limbo for years and their revitalization of Allendale project is ready to go. Herrington says they didn't have any other options for locations to build. "Until there's something presented to us that the state is going to actually build something which we don't believe is ever going to take place, we're here to build affordable housing for the citizens of Shreveport. We own this property, we don't own anything else but this so we have the right to build on what we own."

I-49 officials say they are in the process of environmental studies that must be done before purchasing land for highways and they were legally powerless to stop the Allendale development. They're also looking at 5 different routes for the intercity connector - 4 going through Allendale - and one of those being a loop that completely bypasses the community. Mayor Cedric Glover says, he supports the I-49 project but believes developers should look outside of the Allendale area. "Don't end up destroying and bisecting the heart of your community by running interstate systems right through it."

Kent Rogers of NLCOG, the organization working on I-49 here in Shreveport, offered a statement about the issue. He says in part, "If that (the Allendale community) Becomes that preferred alignment we'll just have to buy the property, but that makes the entire project a little more expensive." The Renaissance at Allendale is expected to be built and completely filled by this time next year.

 

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