The Baton Rouge Area Chamber called on the Metro Council not to place in jeopardy two downtown projects that BRAC says are important to the city.

BRAC President and CEO Adam Knapp said in a news release Tuesday that the Metro Council will be harming economic development efforts if it fails to accept the previously accepted low bid for a stage canopy on North Boulevard and opts to renovate the downtown library branch rather than tear it down to build a new library.

Both issues are on the agenda for the Metro Council’s regular meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“Over the last few years, we have heard repeatedly from economic development prospects, while visiting to consider a business investment, that the quality of our downtown has been one of the signature reasons that they have confidence in the capital region,” Knapp said

The quality of downtowns matter dramatically to the perceptions of the entire county and region, he said.

“On September 28, the Metro Council will consider putting two significant projects in jeopardy by limiting or eliminating their scope, both of which they have previously approved,” Knapp continued in a written statement.

“We urge the Metro Council to maintain its past support of these projects and let them go forward as approved,” he said.