New economic development district to help revamp old Trenton Golf Course property

West Monroe Board of Aldermen unanimously agreed Tuesday night to create the Highland Economic Development District to help maintain and revamp the old Trenton Street Golf Course. (Source: KNOE)

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - There’s new life coming to the Old Trenton Road Golf Course.

West Monroe Board of Aldermen unanimously agreed Tuesday night to create the Highland Economic Development District and levy a 5-mill property tax within that district.

Mayor Staci Mitchell says the money generated within the district can only go towards the former golf course.

“The special tax will go toward economic development within the district. It is only collected from properties within the district, and the district is only the golf course property,” said Mitchell.

Mayor Mitchell went into detail on a few of the potential upgrades that could happen with the property.

Mitchell says one of the first things is to maintain a detention pool within the center of the course. Other plans include laying groundwork for a walking and bike trail.

“Money generated go towards the maintenance, the upkeep, and maybe the addition of even more trails, recreation, and public space. So it’s a benefit to the whole community to have all the amenities at that piece of property and this 5 mills tax will help fund that,” said Mitchell.

Since the property is still owned by the city, the property tax won’t go into effect until someone else takes over.

“There will not be anything collected until the property is sold by someone other than the city,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell says several developers have inquired about purchasing property on the East and West ends of the former course to begin revitalization work.

The hopes is to start by 2020.

“We’re still working with some potential people and as soon as something gets worked out,” said Mitchell.

You can call the mayor’s office for more information.