Rapides Area Planning Commission moves downtown

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A government office is moving to downtown Alexandria for what officials said will be an ease of access for customers. The Rapides Area Planning Commission moved its headquarters to downtown on Monday.

Rapides Area Planning Commission building on Johnston St. in downtown Alexandria. | Photo Source: KALB

The building on Johnson St. is the RAPC's new headquarters. The Rapides Parish Police Jury owns the building and renovated it for the RAPC to move there. The project cost around $400,000 where they will now lease it to the RAPC.

"We wanted to make the planning commission as close to the courthouse as possible so you can park your car and do all your business and not have to go the airpark and walk where you need to go," said Sean McGlothlin, Police Jury Dist. G.

Previously, the RAPC was located at England Airpark. Officials said a lot of the business RAPC conducts also has to be approved at the courthouse which is next door to the new building on Johnston St.

"Couldn't express it enough how excited I am," said Matt Johns, Executive Director, RAPC. "We did this to be more convenient for our customers on the development side who have to deal with the clerk of court and assessor. Now it's just right across the street and they can take care of their business when they are done with us. Same thing for our permit customers."

Among many things, the RAPC is overbuilding code enforcement and building permits.

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