Lake Charles Urgent Care — now open on Nelson Road — will open a second facility at 2400 Ryan St. this summer. (Rita LeBleu / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, April 07, 2014 12:44 PM
One new medical building and three subdivisions — two in Iowa and one in Sulphur — are the focus of this week’s Home and Real Estate preview article featuring new developments in Southwest Louisiana.
In anticipation of exponential growth in the Lake Charles area over the next several years, Lake Charles Urgent Care is adding a new location at Ryan and 15th according to owner Dr. Melvin “Jay” Marque, III. Marque will also serve as medical director.
There is currently a facility on Nelson, but Marque wanted to make services more acessible.
“Families want convenience. The Ryan Street location will be in close proximity to downtown, the historic district, the lakefront area, and several pharmacies,” he said.
According to Marque, the location will be about 3200 square feet and offer advanced technology like digital x-ray and an electronic medical records (EMR) system.
These two “Urgent Care” locations are independently owned and not affiliated with other locations with similar names, according to Marque.
The facility has a target open date for this summer.
In Iowa, one mile North of I-10 on Hwy. 383, FleurDeLis Estates, an almost 50-acre residential site is cleared and ready for buyers. Property owners Thomas Miller (who owned House of Sports in Lake Charles) and Henry Fewell (who owned Lafite Furniture and Climate Controlled Storage ) are in the stages of meeting with building contractors.
At one time the land was used for rice farming. “Everything in Iowa was a rice field at one time or another,” Fewell said.
Lots are generous sized at 155 feet x 353 feet or 1-¼ acres. According to Fewell, some home building restrictions apply. For instance houses must be at least 1800 square feet or larger, no vinyl can be used except for trim and the houses have to be brick or stucco. Garage openings won’t face the road. “These will help protect the home owner’s investment,” Fewell explained.
Across from FleurDeLis Estates is Harper Valley Ranch. Owner and developer of this property is James Harper of Harper and Morgan Rodeo Inc. Lots are 106 x 200 feet. Homes must be 80% brick with at least 1,500 square feet of living area.
According to Harper, there are a few homes left in the first phase of the development and work is currently underway on the second phase, another 84 lots on adjoining property located on Hwy. 383 in Iowa.
“At one time there was only one subdivision in Iowa. I had built some houses behind my house and sold them,” he said when asked about his decision to get into real estate development.
Building contractors for Harper Ranch are Roussell Construction and Roy Washington Construction companies.
In Sulphur, Old Spanish Trails on East Burton Road will offer 50 x 150 lots for patio homes that are 1,700 – 2,000 square feet and will sell for $200,000 – $250,000 each.
“It’s a turnkey operation with four floor plans to choose from and we’ve already been fielding questions about how we can customize these homes to make them wheelchair accessible for instance,” said David Self, realtor with Ingle Safari. “It’s certainly an option,” he added.
This is one of the first patio home neighborhoods to be developed in Sulphur. Utilities are underground, streets are concreted and curbed, not asphalted and contractors have been selected.
Donald Ash is the developer.