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Old 12-18-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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Default I realize I talk alot about Lake Charles, but..........

I looked back at some of my posts and I realize that I talk alot in the Lake Charles forums. I know it gets old, but lately I've been paying close attention to the potential that this city has, and this city is actually larger than what one would think when you include all of the area outside of the city limits that are still considered to be a part of lake charles. I have to say that, this city being like a peninsula(there's water everywhere!) that our administration would be all over trying to get this city up and running. If you look at this city on a google map you'd see that there is more than enough space for development. Don't get me wrong, I realize there needs to be balance and that LC should not be like a houston suburb, but DAMNIT! It seems things are so slow, I mean look at how long it took for the promenade to be completed. Now the levee and the support building are being built and a building on ryan st. It seems are picking up. I hope it stays steady from here on out during this transition stage.

However, I do hope they approve of that hard rock cafe casino, THAT would revive the northern portion of the lake charles boardwalk, and not the mention the revenue that it could bring here.

It seems not much retail is being developed, but townhouses and apartments are popping up everywhere, yet the city's population is steadily declining.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Is the city's population declining because of a lack of apartments / townhomes? When I was considering a move to Lake Charles I thought the apartment selection was horrible. There must be a need otherwise I can't see developers taking that kind of gamble, especially in this market. I don't live in the area, so this is just a guess, but I'll bet the outlying communities (moss bluff, Sulphur, etc) are growing.

As for retail, I pay a lot more attention to this since we have an investment in the area. When I was there last year, there did seem to be a lot of vacancies on Ryan St. and in other areas. There is probably no need for retail space right now. Keep in mind retail development almost always follows residential development, so if a lot of apartments are going up, you'll probably see some new shopping centers or some retail redevelopment.

I know some people seem kind of down on the area but I like it a lot. Trust me, Lake Charles is a paradise (weather, pollution and otherwise) compared to rust belt cities in places like Ohio, and the housing is very affordable compared to a lot of other places in the country. I think that with time and clever marketing, southwest Louisiana has the potential to attract lot of new people. I'm not saying it will definitely happen or anything... I'm just saying the potential is there.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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Moss bluff and sulphur are growing. It seems moss bluff is the fastest growing, alot of ppl are building out there. Can I ask what apartments in Lake Charles you were looking at? The newer ones are on the south end, nelson road. Then there are townhouses popping up all over the city.
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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The Lake Charles area is loaded with potential. It's got a huge port facility, railroad access, Interstate highway frontage, and an airport which can accommodate anything that flies. Beautiful new boardwalk downtown, as well as other new developments Pandora has shown us recently.

Lake Charles is on the cusp. And I hope one day we'll see it's true potential come to fruition.

Please keep us updated Pandora. You are the designated ambassador for your city.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Can I ask what apartments in Lake Charles you were looking at?
It's a been a few years, so I don't remember names, but I remember I was looking near McNeese since that seemed to be in the middle of everything. Also remember looking at renting a condo on Nelson.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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Designated ambassador. I think that like that title! I think I like it alot!
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Designated ambassador. I think that like that title! I think I like it alot!
You've earned it!

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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same to you!
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Well Pandora, you should ask who owns all that vacant land surrounding the city. There are a select few families who live on the Lake who own a large percentage of the land in Calcasieu Parish. We're talking thousands of acres. Lake Charles has the potential to grow; it just needs good visionary leaders. But if the leaders are unwilling to challenge those in power, then Lake Charles will merely be stagnant. I'm eager to see the official 2010 Census results for this city and parish.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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As for retail, I pay a lot more attention to this since we have an investment in the area. When I was there last year, there did seem to be a lot of vacancies on Ryan St. and in other areas. There is probably no need for retail space right now. Keep in mind retail development almost always follows residential development, so if a lot of apartments are going up, you'll probably see some new shopping centers or some retail redevelopment.
Ryan Street is not as popular as it once was. Hopefully over time it will be built up better than it is. There are a lot of apartments going up, and you're right that retail only works if there are consumers to buy from. I remember reading from the newspaper that there are estimates that Moss Bluff may have doubled in size since 2000. That's significant, since most Moss Bluffians shop and recreate in Lake Charles.
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