CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - The stately oaks along Joor Road, north of Sullivan Road, are hard to miss. Neighbors say the trees are hundreds of years old. They will also be the name-sake of a proposed development.
"One good thing about this piece of property is we're preserving all the natural amenities of the site, such as all the beautiful oak trees up front," said Deric Murphy, president of Quality Engineering and Survey.
Grand Oaks aims to build 68 homes on 29 acres on the east side of Joor Road between Sullivan and Core Lane. Murphy said the project will emphasize the natural beauty of the property's trees and ponds.
"It's a very nice project. We think the residents of central are going to like it," said Murphy.
However, neighbors are not pleased with news of the proposed subdivision. Homeowners living next to the site got their first look at the proposed plans during a public meeting hosted by the developer Thursday evening. They quickly voiced concerns over drainage, the size and number of the lots, and traffic on Joor's narrow two lanes.
"The traffic flow in the morning time and the evening time along that road is unbearable," said neighbor Joel Danehower.
More than anything, residents are worried about Central losing the rural charm they love.
"We've had one development after another after another. They're having to add more infrastructure. They're having to redo our roads for all the added traffic," said Danehower. "It's just putting a burden on everything, and it's starting to get anything but country living."
The developer noted all of the concerns, and Murphy said they will take those to the city and parish as plans move forward. Murphy also tried to assure residents the subdivision will embrace Central's lifestyle.
"A lot of people don't like progress," said Murphy. "We definitely want to be a good neighbor to these residents. We want to promote the natural features of this property and things like that and enhance it."
The project is still in the starting phases. It now heads to Centrals' planning and zoning commission which meet on October 22.
Murphy said they hope to break ground in 12 to 13 months.