NEW ROADS, La. — The City Council of New Roads recently approved an ordinance proposed by Mayor Robert Myer that he and most council members believe will attract new businesses to the Memorial Boulevard area.

With the new Best Western hotel about to open, the council voted 3-1-1 to create an economic development district in its vicinity and collect a hotel occupancy rate tax  of up to 2 percent.

Myer proposed the ordinance, saying it will bring additional economic development to an area of the city that has been growing rapidly in the past few years.

“At the start of this administration, we started out with a vision for sustainability, growth and job creation,” Myer said.

“The economic development zone, officially the New Roads Memorial Boulevard Economic Development District, along with the occupancy tax will allow funds to go for the continued development of the area,” he said.

Memorial Boulevard is a $1.6 million project connecting Hospital Road to Major Parkway.  Since its completion, a major financial institution and an assisted living facility have opened at one end, a new hotel at the other end, and accordingly to Myer, several other businesses have expressed interest in locating in between.  Also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has constructed a new office building that is expected to be opened very soon.

Myer said the latest effort marks the establishment of the second economic development district the council has approved this year.  Members set one up in the downtown area earlier this year.

“We will continue to find innovative and creative ways to create opportunities and hope for our citizens,” Myer said. “With opportunity and hope come a good, healthy and vibrant community.”