Residents of Nolley Rd. stood up in front of the City Council Monday night to protect their community from the possible repercussions a 40 unit rental complex could bring.
Ordnance #024 was introduced to the council after passing through the Planning and Zoning committee by a 4-3 vote. The complex, which will be voted on July 23, will offer one to three-bedroom rentals and would be rented out to singles, families and NSU students.
Residents brought up concerns for the potential decrease in property value, an increase of noise, traffic and some made comments of the negatives of having college student renting a residence.
Terry Bechtel, a professor at NSU, brought forward a study from the University of Nebraska at Omaha which concluded that “an increase number of apartment complex decreases the sale price of a single-family dwelling.”
“Natchitoches is a rural area,” said one resident. “There are other places to put a complex.”
Juanita Fowler, director of planning and zoning, explained later to the board that the area in question was given “a lot of thought” and that there will not be access to Nolley from the complex.
Other agenda items
Ordinance – Introduction:
Amending the ordinance of a home to allow for a special exception to operate a legal office.
Ordinance amendment to construct a four unit, two story apartments on Bossier St.
Appointed Gil Gilson as the Commissioner on the Natchitoches Airport Advisory Commission. – Passed
Resolution which authorizes the mayor to execute Change Order No. 1 for the contract between the City of Natchitoches and Progressive Construction Co., for the St. Denis Water Line replacement and street rehabilitation project. – Passed
Support for the application of a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary grant for the City of Natchitoches. – Passed