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What is Contraband Pointe and why this name?

Conceptual Rendering, Contraband PointeContraband Pointe is the name of the mixed unit development that encompases 149 acres bordered by W. Prien Lake Road, Contraband Bayou, and Nelson Road, to the East and North of Prien Lake Plaza. Presently, approximately 134 acres remain available.

The name was selected because approximately 4000 feet of the property fronts the historic and beautiful Contraband Bayou.  This bayou, which runs through Lake Charles to Prien Lake, is so named because the famous Pirate Jean Lafitte was rumored to have buried treasures along its shores. 

What is the difference between Contraband Pointe and Block 18?

The property is owned by some of the Barbe heirs who have incorporated as Block 18 of Barbe Properties, LLC. As a result, the property has been commonly known as "Block 18."  Contraband Pointe is the name of the proposed development. The historical basis for the name selection is explained above.

What do the owners envision?

Photo of Contraband Bayou taken from Contraband PointeAs multi-generational owners of the property, the goal of these Barbe heirs is to see this property developed as a first-class mixed-use community that includes commercial, lifestyle and entertainment, and residential properties.

A significant focus is on the approximate one mile of navigable water frontage.  With that in mind, the creation of a first-class marina and/or marina hotel is one of the goals along with waterfront dining, shopping, and boardwalks.

With all of the water and natural beauty that is Southwest Louisiana, the Lake area has been lacking in developments that embrace the water.  The owners hope that this development will fill this gap.

Where is Contraband Parkway and What is the Timeline?

Contraband Parkway Progress Oct 2018 Contraband Parkway will connect Prien Lake Road from the recently completed traffic circle at Holly Hill to Nelson Road.

The owners have donated the land for the road which is now under construction.

Contraband Parkway will be a 4-lane road with a median and sidewalks on both sides. There will be an internal traffic circle, as indicated on this conceptual drawing. This new road will provide a much needed traffic artery in this heavily traveled area.

The photo to the right, taken in September, 2018, was taken facing West toward Nelson Road.

Hard-surfacing of Contraband Parkway began in mid-July.  As of Oct 10, 2018, the completion date was projected to be in January, 2019 with a worst-case completion date of August, 2019.

Is the property available to developers?

Absolutely!  The owners have taken several steps to reduce due diligence time for developers and to be developer-friendly.  For example:

What if a developer has a different vision?

Part of being developer-friendly involves being flexible.  The owners are very willing to consider other ideas.

Will residential lots be available for individuals?

Example of residential waterfront settingAt this time, individual lots are not available.  However, those interested in registering their interest and type of lot desired are encouraged to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , understanding that their information will be passed on to future developer(s). 

The owner's goal is to sell large parcels to residential developers.

It is anticipated that a variety of home types will be offered, including condos, single familly, townhouses, and live-work.

Waterfront lots as well as non-waterfront lots are envisioned.


Will there be deed restrictions and architectural standards?

Yes. Deed restrictions and architectural standards will be developed.

Will there be restrictions on signage?

Yes, especially along Contraband Parkway closer to what is likely to be a residential/mixed-use area. Preferred signage will be "monument" type signs.