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Police Jury denies Dollar General development in south Bossier subdivision

Story courtesy of Pat Culverhouse

An Alexandria developer will have to find another location for a proposed Dollar General store after members of the Bossier Parish police jury voted to deny the company’s plat approval for the development in the Killen’s Farm Subdivision on Sligo Road.

By a 9-2 vote, members sided with Sligo Road residents who opposed the store through a petition presented to jury members at Tuesday’s meeting. Developers Ratcliff Investments, LLC had proposed a building site on 1.46 acres in the 1700 block of Curtis Sligo Rd.

“We have worked hard for what we have,” said Marilyn Cahn who lives near the proposed location. “We are not against people coming into the area, but we want the right kind of things coming in.”

Cahn said she had gathered on a petition the names of 71 individuals who live in then area and want Dollar General to go elsewhere.

Jeff Westmoreland, representing Ratcliff Investments, said the company had been told it needed the signatures of all landowners in the subdivision to get the project approved.

“Only two of the 17 we contacted were opposed,” he said.

Westmoreland also pointed out there had been exceptions in the past to the ordinance requiring 100 percent of the signatures of landowners in subdivisions for plat approvals.

Ratcliff general manager Greg Thompson said his study of the area indicated an anticipated growth of 4,000 people.

“There is an irrefutable unmet need (for the store) on Sligo Road,” he said. “We picked the spot which would have the lowest impact on the community.” The store would also create jobs and pay about $9,000 annually in property taxes, he added.

In other business during Tuesday’s meeting, jury members:
** authorized advertising for bids for sewer improvements in East Benton subdivision.
** closed the case on a review of property standards violations with the stipulation that periodic inspections are made.
** accepted streets and drainage in Rosedale Place subdivision into the parish road system.
** approved a plan change on the parish’s wastewater treatment facility.
** increased the load limit on the Caplis Sligo Rd. bridge.

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