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Shreveport wants to develop Cross Bayou Corridor

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Cross Bayou is the water border for downtown Shreveport, and now city officials want to see the land on the south side become a destination.

Providence, the planning firm from Baton Rouge hired to develop the land, and the city held a visioning forum Monday.

There, the public and city and parish officials had the opportunity to get an idea of the landscape of the Cross Bayou Corridor and offer input on what they'd like to see.

“You have communities like San Antonio and Oklahoma City, others across the country that have literally spent millions of dollars to try and create the kind of water attractions, that natural water amenities that we've been blessed with here in Shreveport,” said Mayor Cedric Glover.

He was at the Shreveport Convention Center to help with the forum. He said the corridor project is just one of two specific projects named in the city's 20-11 master plan.

“It represents a great opportunity for a combination of residential, of retail and recreation,” said Glover. “The three R's I think would all be a great combination of things to bring together.”

Mart black, senior planner at Providence, and his team was there to listen and urged the audience to say what they want to see in the space during visioning exercises. They heard ideas of shops and water front restaurants, even walk trails and a boat launch into the bayou.

But Black said it will take quite sometime before those ideas become reality.

“It's got to be cleaned up,” he said. “There are a lot of steps that need to be taken in the mean time. But if the site can be totally remediated, and we think it can--it's just going to be a long time, then the property can be acquired.”

What’s good, Black said, the city already owns the majority of the land in this area. The bad news—the scrap yard that's located at the end of McNeil Street will need to be moved and cleaned up properly. However, all of the potential problems will be looked at during an environmental study that's being funded by the environmental protection agency.

Monday’s forum was just one of at least three meetings the group plans to hold to come up with the property's vision statement.

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