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Shreveport MPC denies rezoning for funeral home in Highland

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Funeral home director Rosalind Patterson-Nelson makes one last appeal to the MPC in her quest for zoning approval to convert a Highland neighborhood restaurant into a funeral home. Funeral home director Rosalind Patterson-Nelson makes one last appeal to the MPC in her quest for zoning approval to convert a Highland neighborhood restaurant into a funeral home.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport's Metropolitan Planning Commission has rejected the controversial proposed re-zoning of a former Highland neighborhood restaurant that would have allowed it to become a funeral home.

7 voted against the rezoning, 1 in favor and 1 commissioner abstained. Ronnie Remedies abstained from voting because of a personal conflict of interest, involving a pending lawsuit with one of the Patterson funeral homes. Only member Phillip Pennywell voted in favor of the funeral home, "The building has been there, it's been vacant for a number of years. You have a lot of businesses in that area, that building needs to be worked, they need to develop that building," said Pennywell.  

Neighbors of the former Don's Seafood Restaurant have been vocal in their opposition. 

They say a funeral home in the 3100 block of Highland Ave. would be a poor fit for their neighborhood and would cause too many traffic headaches. 

"I don't get it, that's all I can say because I can't explain, why the thought is, that this is going to be such a disruptive use to the neighborhood," said funeral home director Rosalind Patterson-Nelson, who has tried to reassure concerned residents that funerals would only take place at certain times of the day, to avoid congestion.

Patterson-Nelson has said she wants the funeral home in that spot because the high traffic area, would make her business very visible. 

As the votes were called out, Patterson-Nelson listened and nodded her head, "I was prepared for it, but I wish the vote had been different," she said. 

Tom Arceneaux, the president of the Highland Restoration Association and Highland resident, agrees with the decision. "Ms. Patterson-Nelson is a nice lady, I'm sure she runs a good business, this was not the right place for any funeral home, not just not her funeral home, but it wasn't the right place for any funeral home," he said. 

Patterson-Nelson tells KSLA News 12 she will probably appeal the decision to the Shreveport City Council, but is still thinking about it. She has 10 days to do so.

The city council has the option of approving the application, denying it or modifying it.

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