The recent dirt work on the Shuck's site is in line with the update provided by a representative that above-ground construction should begin soon. Underground work and the parking lot have been completed.
Significant progress has been made on the Marcel Contraband Point Development. This project will include restaurants, retail, entertainment, and offices, including Apex Office Suites.
The following photos include construction on both sides of the main entrance at Bayou Vue Drive, which can be seen from Contraband Parkway and I-210.
This bridge will connect W. Sallier to L'auberge Blvd. As indicated in this press release on the Louisiana Department of Transportation site, the construction covers 1 mile.
Once completed, the bridge will reduce the time for those traveling to and from the residential and commercial areas on W. Sallier and will certainly be welcome by the many fans of The Bekery in Walnut Grove.
On the South side of Contraband Bayou, the Contraband Pointe development, Prien Plaza shopping center, both casinos and the popular Nelson Road corridor will enjoy the benefits of this more convenient route.
The medical and business community along Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, downtown Lake Charles, and the residential areas on and off of Shell Beach Drive on the North side of Contraband Bayou, will also reap the time-saving, driver-friendly benefits on the North side of Contraband Bayou.
The bridge will also ease the truck traffic on W. Sallier and Lake Street, as the plans include an
The significant progress on the 12-acre Marcel Contraband Pointe site prompted this KPLC TV news story.
Vernon Veldekens, founder of the Marcel Group provided these insights into what the Town Center will include:
These photos were taken on April 1st.
Marcel Development reports that much more steel and framing will be erected by April 17th.
Marcel is pleased to see slabs poured, paving poured, and steel and framing erection in progress.
Prospective tenants should take note! Avoid delay and reserve space today! For more information:
2/9/23 As indicated on this KPLC coverage of the Feb 9th, construction groundbreaking ceremony, the Nelson Road Extension Bridge will reap numerous benefits, including increased walkability and improved traffic flow. Construction is slated to begin within 30-45 days.
The images that follow are courtesy of the Public Information Office of the City of Lake Charles.
KPLC reports that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Nelson Road Extension Bridge will be held on February 9th.
While the story did not provide a timeline, sources have reported that construction is slated to begin within 90 -120 days and take three years to build.
Loren Scott's 2023-2024 Louisiana Economic Forecast projects that the Lake Area will be "the fastest growing MSA in the state over the next two years, with employment bumps of 2,600 jobs (+2.6%) in 2023 and 4,600 jobs in 2024 (+4.4%). This excellent recovery will come from four key sources: (1) basic COVID/disaster recovery, (2) new industrial construction, (3) a newly opened land-based casino, and (4) new activity at Chennault Airport."
The screenshots and quotes displayed here are just a sampling from this Marcel Contraband Pointe Development 15-page brochure that describes their enticing plans to combine true community living with retail and restaurants.
The formal ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Contraband Parkway was held on August 29, 2019. This link leads to comments by Mayor Nic Hunter following the ceremony. His remarks stress the importance of Public/Private Partnerships such as the Contraband Parkway Project.
As the owner of Contraband Pointe, Block 18 of Barbe Properties, LLC, is proud to be one of these private partners, having donated well over 11 acres for the 4-lane road that now connects Prien Lake Road at the Contraband Pointe Traffic Circle to Nelson Rd at L'Auberge Avenue.
Thanks to Robin Richardson with KPLC TV for allowing us to capture and post her interview. Click here for Robin's coverage.
Scott's Annual Louisiana Economic Forecast is quoted extensively.