2017 Cross Bayou proposal

A Shreveport businessman is leading an effort to build an arena, housing, retail shops and an office complex along Cross Bayou similar to those proposed in 2017.

A Shreveport businessman is leading an effort to revive a proposed entertainment, retail and housing development along Cross Bayou in downtown Shreveport.

Dubbed Cross Bayou Point, the proposal would include a sports area, a municipal office complex, and up to 5,000 housing units. Developers also want to lure a charter school to the site.

The developers estimate the project would cost $1 billion and would include not just Cross Bayou but Ledbetter Heights to the west.

Paul Pratt, regional government relations director for Chesapeake Energy, is leading a newly formed group that says it's talked with Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and some council members about the project.

In 2017, Shreveport City Council members rejected a $130 million proposal designed to lure the New Orleans Pelicans' developmental league team.

The Pelicans are eyeing Pensacola, Florida, for that team but haven't signed a deal with officials there.

In a news release, the developers said they will seek a nonbinding letter of intent with Shreveport to create a public-private partnership for the project.

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