The Zachary City Council approved a resubdivision, rezone and site plan Oct. 27 for the Mollie Loudon property at 8511 Main St. on the east end of the community, paving the way for a new Superior Ford dealership.
The resubdivision of the tract was unanimously approved and the land was rezoned from residential estates to commercial general.
Commercial real estate agent Randy Herring, representing the property owner, spoke in favor of the project, as did Ken Jones, of St. Francisville, who spoke on behalf of Superior Ford owner Patrick Campbell.
Council members asked Campbell about the time frame of the project, to which he replied, “I’m ready to start digging.”
With an estimated project completion date of July 31, Campbell said the state-of-the-art building will cost about $3.5 million, but overall, the project has a more than $5 million price tag.
“This is quite a large investment I’m making into the Zachary community, which has tremendous opportunity, if explored properly,” Campbell said.
Mayor David Amrhein thanked Campbell for making the substantial investment on the end of Zachary nearest La. 67.
The council voted unanimously to approve the site plan for the dealership, which now is located in the middle of town on La. 19.
Another site plan was approved for the property at 2525 Church St., allowing Sam Johnson to build a new residential-type office building for his State Farm business and relocate from 5145 Main St.
Also, council members heard from Sharon Phillips, of the city’s Beautification Committee, who detailed plans on the Cherry Boudreaux Memorial Garden.
After Boudreaux’s death a year ago, her family approached Phillips about creating a memorial garden behind the city’s train depot in her honor.
“Cherry Boudreaux served on the first Zachary Beautification Committee and gardening was one of her passions,” Phillips said.
Although the memorial would be on city property, Phillips said private and public partners are funding the project, which will take about a month to complete.
The memorial garden will be located at the entrance to a walking path and include a bench, maple tree and landscaping.
Phillips asked the council to consider the project so that construction can begin.
The decision was made to put the request on the next meeting’s agenda for a vote.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10.