Judge defers decision regarding UL Coleman v. Bossier City dispute

Judge defers decision regarding UL Coleman v. Bossier City dispute

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Developer U.L. Coleman Company (ULCC) and some Bossier City leaders will have to wait to find out the outcome of a two day long bench trial in the United States District Court.

The two entities spent most of Thursday and Friday in court in front of Federal Judge S. Maurice Hicks for oral arguments regarding ULCC's motion to "Enforce Consent Decree and Cooperative Endeavor Agreement".

ULCC is arguing the city has violated their lawsuit settlement agreed to in 2012, largely due to the fact they argue the city is not doing enough do spruce up South Bossier through two redevelopment districts.

However, Bossier City's attorney's argued disagreements over the redevelopment districts do not equal a breach of settlement.

ULCC sued Bossier City in 2008 after being denied direct access to the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway. The company wanted it for their planned apartment complex, that has yet to be built.

As part of the settlement, improvements are supposed to be made to the South Bossier area. But at the center of issue in court Thursday and Friday, is what South Bossier will look like in the future.

However, after nearly six hours per day of arguments, Judge Hicks chose to defer the ruling, "A ruling will issue in due course" the minutes of court read.

"The stay order regarding the redevelopment districts remains in effect pending further order of the Court," the hearing minutes read.

However, after hearing arguments by the Defendants, Judge Hicks ruled he will allow Bossier City leaders to move forward with its 2016 capital budget planning, which includes $1.6 million and $300,00 for South Bossier Redevelopment.

No word on when the judge will make his decision.

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