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Casino-truck stop proposal raises questions

5 years ago March 30, 2010 Mar 30, 2010 Tuesday, March 30 2010 Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:47:27 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

People in St. Gabriel have mixed opinions on a casino truck stop that could be built near their backyards.

Bob Lemoine is concerned about the community's image.

"We're sincerely concerned that it will devalue the cost of our homes for one thing," he said. "But even more importantly what we're concerned for the casino aspect of things is the crime it may bring in the area," Lemoine said. 

Savanna Berkley Wells feels this may be just what St. Gabriel needs to kick-start growth.

"I believe that it will be a wonderful resource for them to bring into the town of St. Gabriel because I believe that the first priority is to employ the people who live in St. Gabriel," Wells said.

The St. Gabriel City Council will meet April 6 to hear three proposals for a new casino-truck stop. If approved, it would be built between the East Baton Rouge Parish line and Bayou Paul Lane.

At the meeting, Mayor George L. Grace and council members will hear information relating to the proposal and take comments from the community. 

"We are not going to try and do anything that will impact property value, safety and health of any of our citizens," Mayor Grace said. "We will keep in mind as we deliberate all the concerns of the citizens in that area."

St. Gabriel council members will make their final decision one week after the April 6 meeting. They could approve one or none of the proposals.

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