BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Concerned citizens from subdivisions across the Baton Rouge area held a press conference to address flooding issues.
Brent Honore is the spokesperson for thousands of residents who live near Highland and Bluebonnet. They are demanding the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to focus on addressing flooding problems in their neighborhood instead of rezoning the @Highland property.
“Building another unit with more concrete that runs water four times as fast off. Basically, the system is clogged up,” said Honore.
The developer has already been approved to build a high rise in that area, but the builder has filed a rezoning bid to change plans into a mix-use development, including a 240 unit apartment complex with restaurant and retail space.
Charles Perilloux said, “It is completely incompatible with the single-family residential character of Highland Road. The next thing is major traffic safety issue coming out of that proposed development.”
Honore and other homeowners are hoping the project is delayed so the city can address flooding.
City leaders tell NBC Local 33 that work is already underway to fix flooding across the parish.
The proposal for new development goes before the metro council on Wednesday.