ZACHARY, La (BRPROUD) – “I’m excited about it. I’m very very excited about it,” said resident Taquila Jones.
‘Wow. We knew it was coming,” added resident Glenn Methvin
Residents learn of the economic development coming to the Zachary area.
Dee Freeman is visiting the city and said, “I think that’s a good thing. Provide jobs for people.”
The city plans to revitalize downtown with retail stores, a new city hall and more.
Mayor David Amrhein said, “The grand scheme of this plan is you’ll have apartment units downtown. A 10-year plan to maybe put a boutique hotel down here. We’re working with a company that does this in different cities.”
Not only will the project provide jobs but also convenience.
“I don’t like driving so far out to have to travel. I feel a little guilty sometimes when I’m giving other cities the money that come into my city development,” said Jones.
Ahead of the project, the city will reduce the speed on Main Street from 35 miles per hour to 25. Residents do not have a problem with the change. They’re glad to see the city growing.
Methvin said, “I’m all about safety. Ten miles an hour. If it will save a life, I’m welcome to it.”
“I think decreasing the miles is a very, very awesome way that the mayor is going with it. I’m very thankful as a citizen,” added Jones.
Construction will begin late July or early August. The project is expected to be complete in 13 months.
The mayor has not decided when the speed change will happen but promises to give residents time to get adjusted before tickets are written.