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UPDATE: Baker sides with neighbors

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Posted: Dec 27, 2011 4:27 PM by Russell Jones,
Updated: Dec 27, 2011 6:28 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Pipe, fight, brewing, Baker, stupp, corporation, storage, meeting, wbrz, louisiana

BAKER - People are fighting a plan tonight to store pipes near homes in Baker.

Stupp Corporation wants to store pipes in the former Renaissance Village, a place where Hurricane Katrina evacuees lived in FEMA trailers.

If the plan is finalized about two dozen semis would travel every day down Groom Road, which leads to the site, and that doesn't sit well with neighbors.

"There's not one job suppose to be created here," said Admon McCastle, who said he's lived in the area for 40 years. "It's just a storage site. Not one job. There's no benefit to the community."

The state owns the lot, and Stupp got approval from the East Baton Rouge Metro Council this summer to move forward with their plans. Company leaders said before that they passed out flyers and posted signs about their plan to lease the lot, but residents said they didn't seem them.

The Baker City Council decided Tuesday night to side with residents, and forward an "opposition" about the plan to East Baton Rouge Parish zoning leaders. Final development plans have to be approved by the parish zoning board, and according to them Stupp has not filed any requests yet.

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