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Caddo commissioner wants GM Boulevard renamed

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Caddo District 12 Commissioner Ken Epperson is suggesting the "more neutral" Antoine Boulevard, because there is already a West Antoine Loop connecting West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and what is currently GM Boulevard. Caddo District 12 Commissioner Ken Epperson is suggesting the "more neutral" Antoine Boulevard, because there is already a West Antoine Loop connecting West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and what is currently GM Boulevard.
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Now that Shreveport's GM plant is gone, a Caddo commissioner is proposing a name change for the road where the now vacant assembly plant sits.

District 12 Commissioner Ken Epperson introduced an ordinance at Wednesday's work session changing the name from G.M. Boulevard to Antoine Boulevard, but the commission ultimately voted to wait on changing the name in light of a pending announcement regarding a new tenant expected Thursday.

Epperson says there have been suggestions that the name be changed to honor Dave Michaels, a former general manger at the plant. Others have suggested renaming the road after the Canyon, Colorado or S-10s that were built there. But Epperson says "GM is gone. That's a chapter behind us." Instead, he is suggesting the "more neutral" Antoine Boulevard, because there is already a West Antoine Loop connecting West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and what is currently GM Boulevard.

The last truck rolled off the assembly line there on August 28. After decommissioning, the property was turned over to the RACER (Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response) Trust. The trust was set up and tasked with cleaning up, maintaining and selling 89 former GM plants in 14 states in the wake of the automaker's bankruptcy.

Taking into account the time allowed for public comment on the proposed ordinance, Epperson expects the proposed name change to come up for final vote on January 17.

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