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May 4, 2012 6:47 AM by AP

Opposition arises to Tulane's Uptown stadium

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane University's plans to construct a new football stadium in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood have drawn opposition from some residents of the area, and prompted a City Council vote that could lead to a delay in construction.

The council voted 4-2 Thursday to consider creating an Interim Zoning District in the stadium area. That could lead to limits on the size of structures built by universities in the Uptown area.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu opposes the district and could issue a veto if the council goes ahead with it. Tulane President Scott Cowen said the council's action has the potential to delay construction. However, Cowen said, for now, the university is continuing with its plans.

Opponents of the stadium say they believe it will add to traffic and parking problems.

"It's just one step in a series of steps that will unfold over the next month or two," Cowen said. "We're going to continue planning for our new Tulane Stadium and have every reason to believe that it will open in the fall of 2014 as scheduled."

District A council member Susan Guidry defended the vote to consider a new zoning district against complaints that it diminishes efforts to provide residents and businesses a stability in land use.

"Today's action reflects an effort to ensure that everyone is heard, and that at the end of the day a fair and transparent decision is made," Guidry said in a prepared statement.

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