Wanted: Public input

May 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Turnout disappointing for new LC authority meeting

Members of the Lake Charles North Redevelopment Authority want the public’s input.

Speaking at the authority’s second meeting, Kathleen Bellow made a plea for more attendance, saying any change would have to involve the residents of north Lake Charles.

The second meeting saw a much smaller turnout than the first, which attracted an audience of about 30 people.

“We know that the people have to be involved, which is why this is a public forum and why we need the ideas of the community,” said Bellow, a board member and principal of Sacred Heart School.

“Unless people buy into helping themselves and the process is open to all the stakeholders, it won’t be real community development.”

Board member Rick Richard said he had been in contact with George Swift of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance for suggestions on how to get businesses to build in north Lake Charles.

“The Corps of Engineers’ recent study shows that north Lake Charles is really the place to build,” Richard said.

He said a lot of the work will be education and “just showing people that this is the place to be.”

A recent study laid out areas for building a warehouse district, a marina with condos and a walking path. Most of the development would be along Fitzenreiter Road.

Assistant City Administrator Adrian Wallace said the board’s legal council, Terry Manuel, was drafting the cooperative endeavor agreement with the city of Lake Charles.

Residents can send queries to the board at 326 Pujo St., 9th Floor, Attn: Lake Charles North Redevelopment Board, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, June 28.

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