Developer abandons new housing project in Moss Bluff

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Earlier this week we told you about a proposed housing development project on Route 378 in Moss Bluff.

He would have targeted families who earn less than about $ 40,000 per year, but due to opposition to the project, the housing will not go ahead, according to the developer who does not want to fight the community.

The accommodation would have been 72 units off Sam Houston Parkway. But after seeing what he called the “visceral, overwhelming and shocking community responses,” Atlanta’s Harold Foley said they would abandon their efforts to grow here.

Homeless advocate Wayne Bebee says the need for affordable housing is enormous.

“Look at the number of people who are currently leaving Lake Charles,” Bebee said. “They are leaving en masse because affordable housing is almost impossible to find. It is either leaving to find affordable housing, or ending up on the street.

Bebee says the irony is that the community depends on housing to regain its vitality.

“If we don’t have people in stable housing, we don’t have enough workers. Look at the employee shortage right now, ”Bebee said. “I went to a gas station the other day on Kirkman Street which was closed midday. They would reopen later because they just don’t have enough employees. “

With the 9% tax credit offer for HLMs, there are more developments underway.

· One of Foley’s will be called Guillory Gardens in Westlake

· LaFleur Industries – 80 units – for Lake Charles Seniors Manor at two locations on Sixth Avenue in Lake Charles.

· Lakeville Partners at Lake Street and Worthington – 60 units

· LRC acquisition in the Fifth Avenue sector to be called Belle Maison – 78 units

· Woodring Apartments phase one – 70 units – on Bilbo Street in Lake Charles

All of them announced their intention in the newspaper’s legal announcements.

The different promoters are fighting over 9% tax breaks. Applications are due Dec.6, according to the Louisiana Housing Corporation.

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