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Round 2 for Stockyard Project

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ALEXANDRIA, La. -- The City of Alexandria is giving it another go at the old Hodges Stockyard property after plans to develop homes and retail space failed last summer.  

There are already homes built on the property. But the city wants to bring more.

But, as News Channel Five's Brooke Buford found out, those living there are still split on the idea.  

Janay Fisher really wants some stores to move in next to her home on lower Third Street.

"At one time, I think they said they were going to put in a McDonald's or something," said Fisher. "I think an eating area...a restaurant would be nice."

Her home backs up to the old Hodges Stockyard. Last year, the city tried to grant her wish when it pushed for apartments and retail space on the property, as part of a citywide renovation project.

But, it never happened. The project failed, because residents wanted shops instead of houses.

"They've got homes way back there," said Charlotte Fairley, another resident. "They can build some back there. They got those there. They got some over there. It's too many."

Some people were also concerned about drainage and how new home construction could lead to flooding.

"See the water when it rains, it all stays to the side," said Fairley. "Then we walk in mud around here."

Now, the drainage problem is on the way to being fixed. And, some residents are hoping that fix will move a new project forward - one that could bring 32 townhouses, retail space and an APD substation.

"We need a dollar store and a McDonald's," said Antonia Dugas, another resident. "Of course, I'm not much into McDonald's, but I enjoy a dollar store. It would be perfect. I could walk over there."

And if the project moves forward, Janay says she can't wait to get a look at it.

"It's been awhile," she said. "I've been living here all my life. It's been pretty much nothing, so I think it would be great."

While we don't know what the project will cost yet, Councilman Jerry Jones, who represents the district, says he believes it will run about $10 million. He says it will be paid for using city money and state tax credits.

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