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Residents hear plans for new development on Amabassador Caffery

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Posted at 9:02 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 11:29:10-05

Neighbors brought their concerns to the Lafayette City Planning Commission meeting on Monday.

There, residents heard the proposal for a grocery store development adjacent to their neighborhood and additional roads that would connect their street with Ambassador Caffery.

The proposed development is for an Aldi, a national discount supermarket, to be built near the intersection of Curran Lane and Ambassador Caffery Parkway. That area is right across the street from the Wal-mart.

According to the Advocate, developers were seeking a preliminary plat approval and an extension of Curran Lane near Orgeron Drive at the meeting Monday. The property is nearly 10 acres.

Those in the nearby subdivisions of Bell Heights and Orgeron Heights were also gathered at the meeting. They say that development like this will cause flooding risks and increase heavy traffic.

"We have to look at our neighbors and flooding. It's not just about us, it's about our property value, our resell value," a resident at the meeting said.

That traffic issue was brought up in a flier that circulated through the neighborhood. Plans would connect Curran Lane and the new development with Orgeron Drive which is currently a dead end road that feeds into the neighborhood.

"The City of Lafayette wants the developer to then connect the Curran Lane extension with Orgeron Drive which would then open Curran Lane traffic to travel through Orgeron and subsequently funnel traffic through the connecting streets in our neighborhood," the flier reads.

At the meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved the measure with an amendment that Orgeron Drive would not be connected to the extended Curran Lane, according to the Advocate. Construction in the area is not expected for some time but construction would take six month once it begins.

A petition was circulated among neighborhood residents.