Shreveport City Councilmembers have given Chariot Companies the green light to redevelop the property where the old Shreveport Country Club once was.
"Thye've given us their vote of confidence and I'm very excited about that," said John Henry, Chariot Companies CEO.
The Shreveport Country Club operated for 117 years until it shut down in 2016 due to money problems.
It went up for sale in october of 2016 for $4.5 million
Chariot Companies' plan includes a hotel, a vocational school, an office building, a cold storage building, apartment buildings, single-family homes, and townhomes---all while preserving or reusing much of the existing country club facilities and golf course.
"It does look like it's in alignment with a lot of what our master plan says," explained Councilman Jeff Everson. "That doesn't mean there aren't going to be questions and that we aren't gonna have a bit of oversight as the process continues."
Some residents are supportive, while others are against the planned changes.
Country Club Hills Neighborhood Association President Wendell Delaney lives very close to the property's entrance. He said he likes the proposed changes.
"I don't see anything I don't like about it," Delaney said. "At the present time we've got a golf course that's been vacant for years. The grass is 30 feet tall and continue to grow. We have the opportunity to have some developers to come in and do something nice."
Megail Parson, another long-time Country Club Hills resident said she has never heard of a hotel being built in the middle of a residential area. She said she thinks officials have been too hasty in their decision making.
"Noone has done the true homework to make sure that this is a good fit in the center of a neighborhood," Parson said.
Henry said he's gotten a lot of support from city officials and residents and thinks those opposed to Chariot Companies plans will change their mind in the future.
"Ultimately, once it's built, I think it's something they can be proud of," Henry said.
Henry says they will begin construction in the first or second quarter of 2019.
He said the development will create 1,200 temporary construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs.
The project will cost $240 million, which Henry said will come entirely from his private funds.