Work begins on Villages of Imperial Pointe

Marlisa Harding

Gov. John Bel Edwards other local, regional and federal leaders were present on Thursday for the groundbreaking of the Villages of Imperial Pointe.

The 75-acre development in South Lake Charles will include a 129-unit, age-restricted independent living facility as well as a host of other wellness facilities, professional offices and retail/residential spaces.

Dr. John Noble Jr., managing partner of the Villages of Imperial Pointe, said the development of the Villages of Imperial Point is “our contribution to the rebuilding of Southwest Louisiana.” Thursday marked the beginning of phase two which is expected to take around 18 months to complete and is appraised at $44 million.

 Units at the Villages are “not just apartments,” Noble said. Rather, “they’re apartment buildings on steroids” with a variety of amenities surrounding the property.

 Upon completion of the apartments, development will move east with an assisted living facility, memory care facility and possibly a skilled nursing facility, he said. To the north, acreage is designated for a hospital or healthcare facilities and the west will include a surgery center, wellness facility and retail spaces.

 Edwards said the occasion was cause to celebrate as it signals the resiliency of Southwest Louisiana. “Every time I come, I see improvement. I know we still have a long ways to go but you’re working very hard.”

 The Villages of Imperial Pointe will help meet the critical need for housing, a woe Southwest Louisiana knows all too well, he said. “You know better than I do, we’ve had a shortage of housing in Lake Charles before we ever got the first hurricane or the second or the winter storm.”

 A project many years in the making, The Villages of Imperial Pointe “is a real, tangible indication that not only are you not defeated, but you’re moving forward,” he added.

 The apartment homes in the development will be limited to residents 62 years or older meeting an important need as the storm recovery can be especially distressing for the elderly, he said. “Losing a home is difficult at any age…But when you’re near retirement age people are looking to downsize and get to where they want to be for the rest of their lives.”

 In addition to celebrating Thursday’s groundbreaking, Edwards expressed his commitment to ensuring the region’s full economic recovery. Edwards and Senator Clay Higgins, R-LA, expressed optimism regarding a future federal disaster supplemental appropriation to aid in recovery.””

Dr. John Noble Jr., managing partner of the Villages of Imperial Pointe, and Gov. John Bel Edwards break ground Thursday on the new complex in Lake Charles.

Marlisa Harding

Local News

Informer: No new mask mandate from governor

Local News

Calcasieu cleanup: Debris in drainage laterals being cleared

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column: What’s next for casting votes?

Local News

Andrew Gallien: Called to share the ‘love and knowledge of God’

Local News

SW La. students named to Northwestern State president’s list

Local News

Jeff Davis scales back on Elton Elementary renovations

Business

SW La. has been fostering budding entrepreneurs for decade

Local News

Calcasieu Police Jury votes on zoning requests

Crime

Deputies searching for driver in Moss Bluff hit-and-run

Local News

United Way of SW La. sheltering community members in area hotels

Crime

1/21: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Crime

Sulphur man accused of stealing $367,000 from nonprofit

Local News

Cassidy touts SW La. benefits of infrastructure bill

Local News

Hurst-Trahan: Job lets her focus on her passion – helping people

Local News

Jeff Davis School Board declares critical shortage for several positions

Local News

Below-freezing temperatures expected throughout weekend

Local News

Learn to Drive the Bus class scheduled for next week

Local News

Jeff Davis school campuses closed Friday

Local News

Tire fire at shuttered facility leads to prison evacuation

Local News

Redistricting plan would cost Jeff Davis minority district

Local News

Fiery crash leaves two dead in Sulphur

Local News

SW La. nightlife calendar: There’s always something to do

Local News

Tanika Randle: Bringing technology to life for her students

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Expect dissension at session