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Shreveport council's approval of development takes criticism

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Shreveport City Council voted to allow the development of land that could be used in the 3132 Inner Loop Expressway expansion.

The decision came down in a 5-2 vote, and those opposed have harsh criticism of the decision.

Right now the 3132 Expressway dead ends near East Flournoy Lucas Road, but plans are in the works to extend the expressway further.

The land involved in the vote is owned by developer Tim Larkin, and can now be subdivided into 40 lots. There will also be an area reserved to be used in the possible construction of the expressway at a later date.

"So it works out in my opinion favorably for everybody," said City Councilmember Sam Jenkins, who voted in favor of the measure.

Elliott Stonecipher, with the Finish 3132 Coalition, posted this on the coalition's website after the decision came down: "Forget it all, or wake up and realize it was - is - just a nightmare. Everyone reading this knows when such is the case as bad things happen."

City Councilmember Ron Webb voted against the measure.

"I don't understand why the other city council members agreed to do what they did," he said.

City Councilmember Michael Corbin said the council voted in the best way to protect the city from a possible lawsuit from the land owner, which would have cost millions of dollars.

"If you stop this process then you are going to have to pay damages for that property," he said.

The Metropolitan Planning Committee voted against the measure before if went to the city council, but that decision has been modified since the council's vote.

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