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Time could be running out on Imperial Pointe project

Last Modified: Friday, January 04, 2013 7:50 PM

By Eric Cormier / American Press

An estimated $200 million development in south Lake Charles may have lost its momentum.

Officials at Lake Charles City Hall said that since June 2012, the conditional use application for Imperial Pointe — it was approved by the city in June 2011 — has been voided.

Lafayette-based Derek Development Corp. spearheaded the project that was supposed to consist of medical offices, shopping, restaurants and homes. The project was going to be built on 76 acres of land on Nelson Road.

The American Press has made several attempts to contact Roland “Rocky” Robin, the development company’s managing partner, in order to obtain updates on the project. Neither Robin nor any of his company associates have returned phone calls.

In 1991, Robin’s company led the way in developing the Power Center, which includes 1 million square feet of retail space on La. 14 near Interstate 210.

Doug Burguieres, assistant director in City Hall’s planning and development department, said the property was annexed and rezoned for business use.

“They had an application for a 60-plus acre section of land that was planned for a mixed-use development, which included a medical complex,” he said. “On the front section of the property, an area between 300 to 400 feet is zoned business. That portion of land may be developed at some time without the conditional use permit.”

Before getting approval for the permit, Robin described to the City Council a project that included a 924,250-square-foot area where a surgical hospital and other medical offices would stand.

The hospital was projected to cost $30 million.

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