St. Landry Council Approves Economic District

OPELOUSAS, LA (AP) — The St. Landry Parish Council has created a special economic district for commercial and residential projects south of Opelousas with plans to finance a $25 million event center.

         The Harry Guilbeau Area Economic District covers a 730-acre undeveloped tract of land along the Interstate 49 service road about south of Opelousas.

         The Advocate’s Bobby Ardoin reports officials will have the authority to collect an additional 2-cent hotel and retail sales tax within the district to finance a multipurpose events center.

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         Bill Rodier, executive director of the St. Landry Economic and Development District, says the cost of the events center is estimated at about $25 million.

         The Opelousas Board of Aldermen approved a similar ordinance creating the district because the city plans to annex nearly all of the property in the proposed district.

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