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Shreveport City Council reverses MPC's decision on neighborhood near Hwy 3132 with modifications

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Tim Larkin explains the modifications to his application for the Shreveport City Council Tuesday afternoon. Tim Larkin explains the modifications to his application for the Shreveport City Council Tuesday afternoon.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

A decision Tuesday allows a Shreveport developer to move ahead with plans to sell land near the proposed Highway 3132 extension.

Developer Tim Larkin appealed to the Shreveport City Council to overturn a Metropolitan Planning Commission decision to deny Esplanade community's request to subdivide its last unit of land. Larkin proposed Tuesday the council accept the application with modification: leaving out some land that is thought could be a part of the future extension of Highway 3132.

Several people with the Finish 3132 Coalition got up and spoke. However some port business owners say they just wanted to see the road built.

“Our employees down there live in everyone of your districts," said Rich DesCoteaux, a plant manager at Ternium USU at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. "And make no mistake. It's not if someone gets killed down there, it's when.”

Council Chairman Joe Shyne and Councilman Ron Webb made it very obvious through out the meeting they wanted to agree with MPC's decision, but the other five council members disagreed and voted to accept the modifications.

“We'll never be in the way," said Larkin. "What we need to do is instead of taking all these things to court and stop, stop, stop. What we need to do is get out of court and we need to get into the field and build some houses and build some roads. And we need to build a city.”

The Pesnell Law Firm, which represents the Finish 3132 Coalition and other opposition at the meeting, did not want to make a comment after the decision was made.

Several members of the coalition stormed out as soon as the vote was taken.

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