Simien eyes north LC street renaming
months remain before the first section of the Enterprise Boulevard
extension project is scheduled for completion, but a city official is
already contemplating a street name change.
District A City Councilman Marshall
Simien thinks the anticipated completion of the $10.9 million project
offers an incentive to also give the neighborhood through which the road
stretches a new moniker.
“With all the negative news that has
been written about the northern part of Lake Charles, which I believe
has been overdramatized, I think it would be good to rebrand
the area,” he said.
Simien wants to change the name of the road that runs between Fournet and Katherine streets to Riverside Parkway.
His grand plan is to refer to all the plots of land next to the river in north Lake Charles as the Riverside District.
“Historically, that is what the area
was called. We already have the Riverside Park. This is one of the most
beautiful parts of the city. I think rebranding it will help us get
away from the negativity associated with north Lake Charles.”
In order for a name change to take place, a petition will have to be presented to the City Council for approval.
Simien intends to get paperwork started and then
contact residents living near the roadway for their input.
By announcing his intentions, Simien said, he is “getting ahead of the curve.”
“We have the Downtown District and
Lakefront District. I think adding another district will help us to be
able to market the city and community.”
According to Simien, drivers can now
drive over the Rufus Mayfield Jr. Memorial Overpass, which had been
closed for months to allow for infrastructure improvements to Enterprise
Boulevard that extend to Fournet Street.
Currently, drivers are able to turn onto Fournet.
In July, motorists will be able to continue to Opelousas Street.