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Illegally placed home will stay after Shreveport city leaders give OK

Some residents of a Shreveport neighborhood disagree about whether a manufactured house should be allowed on an empty lot. Some residents of a Shreveport neighborhood disagree about whether a manufactured house should be allowed on an empty lot.
The homeowner will add a porch to the side of the house to help it blend in better.  (Source: Jeff Everson) The homeowner will add a porch to the side of the house to help it blend in better. (Source: Jeff Everson)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport city leaders will allow a house to stay on a Highland neighborhood property after it was placed there illegally without the proper permits.

City leaders say the homeowner has since received the proper permits and paid all fees, penalties and back taxes on the property.  

Tensions flared amongst neighbors in mid-February when what many thought to be a manufactured house or modular home appeared on the empty lot.

Neighbors disagreed about whether it should stay on the 2300 block of Thornhill Ave. 

Shreveport City Council Member Jeff Everson confirmed at the time it was placed there illegally without permits.

"If you were to move any home onto a new lot, you would have to apply for a number of permits," Everson said in February. 

Some neighbors said it didn't match the look of the neighborhood.

 "They just need to move it somewhere else. It really doesn't reflect the image or quality of this neighborhood," neighbor Mark Bley said.

Shreveport City Spokesman Africa Price confirmed the woman who owns the property has since been issued a city permit after resolving all issues and making arrangements to pay the lien that was on the property. 

President of the Highland Restoration Association Tom Arceneaux released the following statement about the issue: 

“We continue to be disappointed with people who move into the historic neighborhoods of Highland and Fairfield and give no apparent regard for the historical nature of the neighborhood and its architecture.

However, it appears that the owner now has met all permit, placement, and design requirements that are in place.

HRA and other historic district organizations will continue to push for the adoption of guidelines that will give better protection to the historic districts.”

Arceneaux noted he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the HRA because the association has not had a board resolution to authorize that.

Also at issue, was the fact that the house is on the property sideways. Many neighbors considered it a problem if the door does not face the front of the property.

The homeowner will also add a porch to the side of the house to help it blend in better with the other homes on the street. 

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