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Shreveport church decides against expansion after hearing complaints

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Construction on other projects at Broadmoor Baptist Church continues, but a new parking lot won't be one of them. Construction on other projects at Broadmoor Baptist Church continues, but a new parking lot won't be one of them.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport church that came under fire from residents over plans to expand their parking facilities has had a change of heart, opting not to pursue an application for the project after all.

"Some victories for the Lord, and for the church and for the neighborhood," says Judy Smith, a Broadmoor residents among several who was frustrated over plans to expand a church parking lot. Smith and her neighbors complained about Broadmoor Baptist Church's plans to build parking lots around their homes. Now, she's pleased to hear it won't be happening. "And I love Broadmoor[church]. I want to say that as loud as I can," said Smith.

In a message posted on the Broadmoor Facebook Page on Tuesday evening, Pastor, Dr. Chuck Pourciau wrote, "After much prayer and an amiable meeting with our neighbors, we have decided to withdraw our application for a new parking lot on the block between Clingman and Finley. Pray for us as we seek God’s will for other solutions to our parking issues. To God be the glory!"

"And I'm so thankful for KSLA's help and bringing it to the attention to the people who may not have known," said Smith, referring to KSLA News 12's reporting on the church's application for rezoning to start construction and to build new parking lots near Smith's and her neighbors homes. After a denial, an appeal was filed.

Broadmoor Baptist Church declined an on camera interview about their Facebook post. But church officials said during a phone call that they still have a parking problem, and it's a problem they'll have to continue working on to find a solution that's agreeable for everyone. 

"I know that they need things, and I know that they have plans and arrangements, and I think God is going to meet those needs. But it will let me stay in the home," said Smith. 

Smith says she has no hard feelings, and says while she doesn't attend church there anymore, she's still a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church, and still considers them a good neighbor. 

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