SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - If you've driven down Fern Avenue in Shreveport's South Highlands neighborhood, you've probably noticed a storage and retail complex coming to life over the past few months.
South Highland Storage Center and The Shoppes at Madison Park are closer to being completed.
The Shreveport City Council approved the development last year.
The complex will have about 83,000 square feet of storage. There's already a waiting list for the 550 units.
There will also be a wine cellar.
"Storage has changed. This is something you would see in Dallas, Austin, a little better quality," developer Ricky Lennard explained.
"Most houses in South Highland, Broadmoor, are aging. They have small garages, closet space."
Connected on one side will be a restaurant with a bar and patio area.
Lennard said Ono's Seafood and Steak will take over the spot left vacant by El Chico.
On the other side facing Marilynn's Place will be retail shops. Lennard is looking for a coffee shop or cupcake shop, to name a few.
Surrounding it all is landscaping and festival lights.
"This is a walking, riding bikes, dog walking community. You'll be able to walk to the restaurant and walk home.
"We've been working consistently for about eight months trying to get this done the right way," Lennard continued.
"I promised the residents during the MPC meeting it would be a premiere property."
The building formerly was a Brookshire's.
The storage area and Ono's restaurant should open by Aug. 1 The other retail shops are slated to open after that.