Posted: Sep 27, 2011 6:19 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Sep 27, 2011 6:42 PM
NEW ROADS-- New Roads has commitments from at least three businesses to build in the city within the next 18 months. "Home" for them will be what is now a soybean field.
A new million-dollar road will connect Major Parkway and Hospital Road, something that attracted a super Wal-Mart to decide to build. That alone will add 150 jobs. New Roads Mayor Robert Myer expects at least 300 jobs in the next year or so.
So where did the money for the road come from? The city consolidated its debts: a 2001 water bond, 2009 water meter lease, and a 2001 electric bond; that saved the city $3.5 million. About $2.5 million will go to infrastructure projects like the new road.
Myer calls the project his "field of dreams," and says money collected from taxes at new businesses will go in large part to education, something that excites folks in New Roads.
"Everyone wants to see better education for our kids: better equipment, better books, better pay for our teachers," Robert LeJeune said.
Some are skeptical of the project, but hope it works, like Kurt Roberts, whose barber shop was slow in the month of August. He hopes the project will bring in people from across the new bridge connecting New Roads to St. Francisville.
"I could definitely use an infusion of business," Roberts said with a laugh.
Roberts likes the idea of a skate park to keep kids out of trouble. It's on the way, Myer said. Also already in the budget is a splash park, an industrial park and an evacuation route for low-lying areas near Railroad Avenue.
Myer said he will break ground on all the projects this year.