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St. Joseph's Academy parking lot built after contentious fight with neighbors

10 months 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, August 08 2023 Aug 8, 2023 August 08, 2023 9:45 PM August 08, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- The parking lot that was recently built for St. Joseph's Academy on Broussard Street will be where faculty and staff at the school will park starting Wednesday.

Getting to this point has been difficult, as neighbors who live near the school have strongly opposed the parking lot being built next to their houses.

Since then, there have been public meetings about the parking lot. Some residents of the Hundred Oaks neighborhood put green signs in their front yard that read "NEIGHBORS AGAINST PARKING LOTS" to show their opposition. Residents even pleaded with Baton Rouge Planning Commission to not approve the parking lot, but they later allowed it.

Now, some live just inches away from the parking lot, only separated by a tan fence. Some will even live right across the street from where cars will exit the parking lot.

Despite the opposition, a spokeswoman with St. Joseph told WBRZ that the parking lot was built to keep students safe so they don't have to cross a busy Broussard Street.

Ellis told WBRZ she understands why the parking lot was built. She just wishes that the current parking lot was used as a residential lot instead.

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