Some want to live in Youngsville but are they willing to open a business there? Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator has his fingers crossed.
He says the city needs a master plan, a plan to bring more businesses to the area. Youngsville has come to be known as a place to live. But at some point more commercial growth will be needed.
Eric Rosen owns the Metairie center - a 30 acre development across from rouses. Rosen regards Youngsville as prime real estate. Rosen: "We need the service and support of commercial restaurants doctor offices. Dry cleaners etc etc."
Rosen has support. Investor Ken Boutte says people are living here. But the sports complex he expects is an added bonus to attract businesses.
Boutte: "We built two buildings here and they're completely occupied we have the lease for the 3rd building and we expect that to fill."
Mayor Wilson Viator says he's pleased with the city's growth. But a study he explains is needed to identify where to go next - in preparation for the future.
Viator: "If you look at the percentage of residential versus commercial we're out of wack we need more commercial...and what happens down the road is with all residential and no commercial the tax base can't support the residential."
Mayor Viator says Youngsville will continue to draw residential growth. But the city needs to re-focus its energy towards commercial development.
Viator: "To supply the services water sewer and roads ...the cost the city a lot of money and what happens is you have to raise the rates and Youngsville won't become very attractive to living."
Councilman ken Titter is to present the master plan proposal to the Youngsville city council on Thursday.
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