The Shreveport City Council is slated to vote today on whether or not to move forward with the necessary steps to build a more than $100 million dollar mixed-use complex along the Cross-Bayou Corridor. It's expected this would solidify the efforts of the city to attract the New Orleans Pelicans' development league.
Tyler Comeaux, managing member of a campaign in support of that effort called Shreveport for Pelicans, calls the idea a "slam dunk."
"To get the word about the opportunity we have in Shreveport," said Comeaux. "With our connection we have to Louisiana and New Orleans, we have a unique opportunity to bring the Pelicans, as well as a great economic opportunity, to Shreveport."
The mayor has pledged to commit up to $30 million dollars to build the complex subject to city council approval. Some have argued that the investment is more than what Shreveport can handle, but Comeaux says that's coming from a fund that was designated for the purpose of developing the river front.
"This is right along the riverfront, and right next to our downtown area," said Comeaux. "This would help revitalize and strengthen the revitalization of downtown Shreveport."
The campaign includes a website: Slam-Dunk-For-Shreveport-dot-com. Comeaux says it's important to note that the city council's vote today is only on the intent to move ahead with negotiations. He also adds this is only if Tom Benson's organization selects Shreveport and all parties agree on terms.
"That will then be brought again to council for their approval on the leasing terms themselves," said Comeaux.