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Lakefront development ongoing

Last Modified: Saturday, July 19, 2014 2:09 PM

By Justin Phillips / American Press

The city’s process to find a developer for the lakefront property once tied to Mardi Gras Boardwalk has moved at a steady pace as of late.

A request for qualifications from firms to provide marketing services to develop and promote projects on the lakefront was issued by the city in April. By the time the submission deadline rolled around at the end of May, two companies had responded — Ehmpire LLC and CBRE Inc.

From there, city officials planned to begin an in-depth process of evaluating the two companies centered around interviews conducted by a special committee. The interview process was scheduled for the middle of the month, and as of Friday, the committee assigned to the interview process had met with both companies.

The committee includes City Administrator John Cardone, Lake Charles downtown development head Lori Marinovich, Downtown Development Authority board member Jonald Walker and former DDA Chairman Rick Richard. Three council members will serve on the board — Luvertha August, Stuart Weatherford and Mary Morris, whose district includes the lakefront property.

“The committee has met with both firms. They gave them a tour of the lakefront and identified certain areas, including the city-owned property available for leasing,” Cardone said.

He said the committee also identified the tract of Pinnacle property that could be sold as well as some unclaimed property over state water bottoms. There are a little over 50 acres for lease and nine acres that can be sold, not including the property that can be reclaimed.

“The companies talked about their experience and some of the key staff members that would be involved,” Cardone said. “They also talked about their experience with mixed-use development similar to the lakefront and what experiences they have with Smart Code, which is what’s been adopted on the lakefront.”

Cardone said the companies were asked to outline a time frame for their work.

Both firms will perform a marketing analysis looking at the demands for mixed-use development on the lakefront. Cardone said each will then develop a request for proposals.

Posted By: Alice Fontenot Hatcher On: 5/19/2015

Title: Mardi Gras Boardwalk

As a former resident of LC, I would love to see you all develop the Lake area. i live in the Houston area and most comments that I hear is why the city of LC don't take advantage of all the people that visit their by developing the Lake area similar to the Kemah Boardwalk near Galveston, TX built by the Golden Nugget owner, Tillman Fertita. That type of place would have people making a screeching halt on I-10 to stop in Lake Charles and the Mardi Gras Boardwalk would be perfect. Lake Charles it is time for the city to get in the game and put several venues there to make money for the city. Now is the time,build it and they will come.

Posted By: Doug On: 7/30/2014

Title: "Yes" To Casino Operators

Please coax the casino owners/operators into developing all available waterfront property in Lake Charles. They are the only ones with any impressive developments in LCH.

Posted By: stev san leon tx On: 7/20/2014

Title: tilman frettia

Hey,LC you should look no further the owner of golden nugget and kemah and galv. boardwalk,tilman fretitta

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