Work begins to develop new Auto Mall in Natchitoches

The City of Natchitoches announced at a Town Hall Meeting on May 4 during a presentation of the 2021-2022 budget. The City has set aside $200,000 for a cost share with the auto mall at I-49. This is part of the American Rescue Plan 2021 Tentative Plan for Allocation of Funds. The City of Natchitoches was allocated $3.2 million in funds through the American Rescue Plan from the federal government.

There’s an ordinance that deals with a water line located on the property where the auto mall will be located on the hill by Hwy. 504 and I-49. When the water line was put in this spot back in the 80s the owner of the land allowed the city to relocate the line through their property with a stipulation in the right-of-way agreement that if the property was ever developed the City would bear the cost of relocating the line. Thirty-five years later that stipulation is a legal binding document and that property is being developed. The City will need to bring sewer to this location for the dealerships that will relocate to the new auto mall. A deal was struck with the developer that if they bear the cost of the water line, the City would bear the cost of serving sewer to the location. The closest sewer tie in is across Hwy. 6 near Wendy’s.

Vaughn Chevrolet is building out there now. Then the Legacy Chrysler, Dodge Jeep Ram dealership will relocate.

Additionally a permit was pulled by Vaughn Family Properties through the City Planning and Zoning Department for the month April with a value of $5.5 million, located at 1742 Hwy. 504

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