- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Alexandria City Council has approved an agreement clearing the way for the Rapides Parish Coliseum renovation project to begin.

In anticipation that the council on Tuesday would approve the deal, the city had already issued a building permit to the Rapides Parish Police Jury for the $22.9 million renovation project.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1H40MlM) the city council voted unanimously for the agreement to sell its share of a parcel of jointly owned property at the Coliseum that is need for parking for the renovation project.

Council members made it clear they were happy the dispute between the city and parish over the Coliseum parking area is coming to an end.

Councilman Harry Silver said he was “ecstatic” to have the issue resolved.

“As far as we’re concerned, it is their project. We wish them well. And more importantly, it is important that the entire community benefit by it as a result of resolving this in a peaceful manner,” Silver said.

“It’s about time we get it done,” said Councilman Jim Villard, who said the Coliseum renovation project is good for economic development.

The agreement calls for the Police Jury to pay the city $1.1 million in a lump sum and provide the city clear ownership of 0.833 of an acre at the Coliseum where the city has water wells and a communications tower.

The Police Jury will get clear ownership of 15.738 acres of land that is currently jointly owned by the parish and the city. That land is needed to meet parking requirements for the renovation project.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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