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Judge rules in favor of Bossier City regarding further U.L. Coleman Company litigation

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A judge has ruled that Bossier City upheld its portion of a settlement between the city and local real estate and development company U.L. Coleman Companies.

The real estate and development company filed a motion in U.S. District Court arguing that the City of Bossier City was not living up to the terms of a lawsuit settlement between the two parties.

The litigation stemmed from a consent decree and cooperative endeavor agreement (CEA) between U.L. Coleman Company and the city following the settlement of a 2008 lawsuit over the city not allowing the company a curb cut on the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway for its Walker Place development.

That agreement required the city to contribute to a redevelopment of Barksdale Boulevard and neighborhoods in south Bossier, a new public park next to the CenturyLink Center, and a walking bridge to the park spanning above the parkway.

U.L. Coleman Company filed a motion in 2015 claiming the city had violated the consent decree and CEA, noting the city was not in good faith in the creation and implementation plan for the two redevelopment districts.

U.S. District Court Judge Maurice Hicks issued a memorandum ruling earlier this month denying the company’s motion.

The court noted the relationship between the two entities could be improved and encouraged the city to “move forward with its redevelopment efforts in a prompt manner such that the citizens of South Bossier receive the community benefits intended by the CEA.”

Bossier City officials met in executive session following its council meeting Tuesday to discuss the litigation matters.

The Bossier Press-Tribune reached out to the city for comment. Bossier City Public Information Officer Mark Natale said the city could not comment.

Any matter discussed in executive session is (privileged). No one with the city can comment.”