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  1. The article about the Millennium's Ledbetter Studios deserves to be posted here also. The potential for redevelopment on the west side of downtown Shreveport is huge. I realize that this is seedy neighborhood, but I believe this could easily lead to other private investment dollars spent in the immediate area. After seeing the massive transformation of downtown Los Angeles, which used to be one of the most crime-ridden and least desirable areas... all because one developer decided to take a risk 7 yrs ago - the same could happen for LBH. Young, single professionals affliated with the industry who want to be close to work could pioneer the gentrification.

    The construction schedule is pretty aggressive... commencement in September with completion in Spring 2008.

    Millennium Films aims to plant studio in Ledbetter Heights

  2. Hilton Shreveport officials are expected to submit the hotel's occupancy numbers for June at the City Council meeting Aug. 14. The hotel must give council members its occupancy results quarterly, according to the city charter.

    "I do know that it's doing very well, though," said Tom Dark, the city's chief administrative officer. "The results are pretty good."

    Sweet.

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    Cambria Suites hotel planned for southeast Shreveport

    "Cambria Suites, which is described as being upscale, have guestrooms that are 25 percent larger than standard hotel rooms and a two-story lobby along with two flatscreen LCD televisions, CD/DVD player and MP3 jacks in guest room suites along with complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, according to Choice Hotels.

    Amenities of the Shreveport hotel will include a restaurant, coffee shop, pool and fitness center, Patel said, adding Cambria proposes rates start at $149 per night."

  4. I just noticed that the agenda for the Shreveport MPC's July 3 meeting has been posted but links haven't been added yet. Anyway there's a proposal on there for single- and multi-family residential units to be built along the west side of Clyde Fant, about 2,000 ft south of Stoner. A couple years ago there was a big proposal for that property to have a mix of residential options, a hotel, office space, neighborhood shopping, etc. I wonder if this is that same development finally trying to come to fruition.

    Awesome! Let us know what you find, please.

  5. New Chick-fil-A arrives in Bossier

    "The restaurant, which will bring about 65 new jobs to the area, is one of several new businesses the Bossier City Chamber of Commerce will welcome to town this month during ground breakings and ribbon cuttings...

    Ribbon cuttings this month include: Blue Moon Barbecue and Grill on Barksdale Boulevard, June 13; Life Share Blood Center's 65th anniversary event, June 14; Mitchell Park expansion, June 15; Fitness 24, June 19; all in Bossier City; plus, the Louisiana Association for the Blind's Low Vision Rehabilitation Center in Shreveport, June 27, Johnson said."

  6. There was an article in yesterday's Bossier Press-Tribune about the new Target store nearing completion at Airline Drive/I-220. The store will feature the grocery line that the standard Target stores feature but will not have a fresh meats or deli area, unlike a SuperTarget. They are considering future expansion, though, as evidenced by the 30,000 sq. ft. of space they have set aside for this purpose.

    The new Bossier City store will also feature a photo lab, pharmacy, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut. SO... just like Youree Drive in southeast Shreveport, there will now be two Starbucks across the street from one another in north Bossier. This will bring the number of Starbucks stores along Airline Drive to three.

    The article: http://www.nwlanews.com/index.php?option=c...50&Itemid=1

    Target is awesome, seriously... they're the world's highest-rated discount retailer and very popular here in L.A. K-Mart and Walmart don't even come close, especially K-Mart :sick: . I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one opens up just a couple blocks from my place (the announcement should come later this month :yahoo:). Anyway, how's the construction progress on the other buildings in the Stirling Bossier development? Other tenants are planned to open this summer, right?

  7. Retail climate looks sunny in Shreveport

    "These days, seeing construction seems to be a regular part of a daily commute through the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

    Whether it's work on J.C. Penney and Kohl's on Youree Drive in Shreveport, the near completion of a Wal-Mart Supercenter along Shreveport-Barksdale Highway in Shreveport or the long-awaited opening of Target on Airline Drive in Bossier City, all are signs of a booming retail environment."

  8. Wow! Here is a story from the S'port Times saying that Eldorado Casino is thinking about building a second 300 room tower downtown! How cool would this be? They say they need more room. This supports what a lot of people believe about our hotel industry, that we need more rooms here! Maybe ole Keith isn't so crazy!

    Eldorado Resort Casino ponders another tower

    Awesome news! Hmmm... where would they build it? Maybe on one of those atrocious surface lots along Clyde Fant. Exciting news that the casino industry may not be stagnant!

  9. In the monthly South Central Construction magazine there are reports for specific regions, such as Northwest Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana. In the May issue's Northwest Louisiana Report it says that Northwest Louisiana "is about to explode with construction related to film, biomedical, science, and technology industries." This quote came from Dr. Dave Norris, Jr., director of the Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech University.

    I haven't read the full article yet, but it seems like it will be an exciting read.

    Sorry I haven't been around guys... just got back from a long stay in Japan with no access to a computer. Here's that article Brian mentioned:

    http://southcentral.construction.com/featu...5_feature_3.asp

  10. I remember this article but I never paid attention to where it said one of the things the Boardwalk could hold in its future is an aquarium.

    I hope so.

    We think alike, Brian. After reading that article I came back here to post this quote:

    "The Boardwalk's future may hold live performing arts theaters, jazz clubs, a hotel, sporting lodge and an aquarium."

    The aquarium would be awesome!! Jazz clubs are exciting also. I like that he's continuing to build on the project. I think he owns Cane's Landing (land adjacent to the Boardwalk to the north), which makes the possibilities for expanding the Boardwalk endless.

  11. I did the survey about a week ago. :D I was very concerned, though, about the inbred jerks on the Shreveport Times forums leaving their half-witted comments.

    I just took it. I've said this a million times, but I think Shreveport & Bossier City need to focus on the riverfront. In my opinion it's where the most potential is. First, start by encouraging redevelopment of historic structures... really build up the West Edge with a thriving artist community living downtown. Hopefully that will spark more retail to move in. Secondly, elaborate more on the entertainment options and development Cane's Landing and Cross Bayou!!! All the while build that PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE!

  12. Stephen... I was reading the comments on the Times article, and one response in particular caught my eye. If what this person (nativeson) says is true, then you're not the only person living out west who has a grand vision for the area.

    Nativeson

    Joined: 08 Nov 2006

    Posts: 12

    Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

    Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:11 pm

    I, for one, am excited. I applaud Mr. Good's efforts and wish him all the success. Of course, I have been muddling over a similiar idea myself so I guess this is competition (friendly). My project, which I believe will be innovative for the Shreveport-Bossier metro, is still a few years away. Still looking at certain trends to be exact. Anyway, Mr. Good's project can catapault not only Bossier, but the metro area to the world of new urbanism - the town center or urban village concept. Being originally from rural Bossier Parish just down Hwy 80 east, Villagio correlates with the growth I envision. Add the prospect of I-69 corridor and Bossier Parish evolves from its bedroom community persona to real metro player. Look for more things to come.

    Nativeson

    Hmmmmmm....

    Wow. Thanks, Brian. I'm gonna try to contact this guy tonight. I'll let you know what happens. Seriously.

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