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D'Iberville Neighborhood Selling Out For Business Development

"That was the hardest hit area in D'Iberville," says Mayor Rusty Quave. "We've lost over 500 homes in that area. A lot of people don't want to build back."

After what hurricane Katrina did to this D'Iberville neighborhood, Mayor Quave felt the city council did the right thing in honoring a request from citizens here to rezone the area for commercial development.  

"In normal cases their land might be worth 30 to 40 thousand dollars but these guys are offering them 300 to 400 thousand dollars for their property," says Quave. 

In fact the mayor invited one of those guys, Ned Dolese of K & N Investments to use his store as a meeting place for residents interested in selling.  

"This is me as Mayor of the city accommodating the citizens who asked me to have meeting place for them to possibly meet with this guy."

But some citizens feel pressured by that arrangement.  

"I've been offered 25 dollars a square foot," says resident Bruce Moreau.

And the 6 year resident says that's not enough. Before the hurricane destroyed it he had a house on Fournier Avenue. It's a street which will now likely be widened to accommodate traffic to potential condo's, casino's, and other businesses that could locate here.  

"If I build a house, then what happens," says Moreau. "They come in and force me out with eminent domain and take it away from me or what."

But that's something Mayor Quave says isn't going to happen.  

"We as a city council are on record passing a resolution saying we will not eminent domain anybody. So anybody comes in with a development, they'll have to build around this person."

Still, Moreau says with so many others taking the developers offer and the handsome bonus he's promising to anyone signing up before December the 4th, he and his fellow neighborhood stalwarts still feel pressured to do just one thing.  

"Sell or else," says Moreau.

by Don Culpepper

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