Girard Park is known for its scenic views and beautiful homes; but now there seems to be a conflict of interest. A property owner wants to turn his residential lot into a business. A group of Girard Park residents aren't going for it. The lot located at 758 Girard Park was purchased back in 2005. The property owner says that the plan was to build a house.
Owner Mitchell Dugas of Lafayette says since the area around the property has changed so too has his plans. Dugas wants to build a doctor's office. Nearby property owners attended a meeting to oppose the rezoning. Eric Hayes is one of those Girard Park residents. "He wants to go into business, then the next property doesn't want to be next to a business. So, they want to go to a business and that could cascade down the properties along Girard Park Road. All of a sudden we lost the integrity of the neighborhood."
Hayes says Girard Park has not changed. Its looks the way it did when the property was up for sale and then purchased. "They made this neighborhood in the middle of the Oil Center and they recognized that businesses might try to expand. So, there's that covenant within the neighborhood to prevent this very thing."
The Zoning Commission recommended that the council decline the zoning request. LCG Councilman Brandon Shelvin says he plans to follow that recommendation. "As far as I'm concerned we need to protect the integrity of not just Girard Park, but all of our neighborhoods when it comes to commercials encroaching upon residential," says Shelvin.
The rezoning request is up for final adoption at the consolidated council meeting on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30pm.