GONZALES — The Gonzales City Council has taken the first steps toward creating an economic development district at Conway, the 345-acre mixed use community under construction on La. 44.

Council members on Monday introduced an ordinance creating the Conway Economic Development District. The council plans to hold a public hearing and vote on the ordinance at its next meeting, on Sept. 25.

City Clerk Clay Stafford said during Monday's meeting that the economic development district, if approved, would be similar to the one at the Tanger Outlet Center on La. 30 in Gonzales.

At Tanger, revenues from an additional 1-cent sales tax on purchases made in the shopping center are split between the city and Tanger.

Tanger receives 70 percent of the additional revenues that it has used in the past to create new retail space, and the city receives 30 percent of the revenues to improve infrastructure near the shopping center. 

The Tanger Economic Development District, which has a 20-year life span, was created in 2012.  

Conway, being developed by Lafayette-based Southern Lifestyle Development, will include retail stores, restaurants, apartments, homes, parks, lakes and a green civic space.

The developers have said Conway's main boulevard is expected to be completed this fall, with construction of the community's first homes to follow.

Also on Monday, the City Council recognized the members of the Gonzales Thunder all-star softball team, ages 8 and under, a 2017 state champion.

Other Gonzales Thunder all-star teams, drawn from the city's Lassie League, were also state champs this year: the teams for ages 6 and under, 11 and under, and 14 and under.

"Congratulations to our champions," Mayor Barney Arceneaux said. 

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