Residents oppose apartment complex proposal

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - At their regular meeting Wednesday night the Lake Charles City Council heard reasons why a proposed apartment complex off of East School Street should and shouldn't go up.

"We want this to be nice. These are going to be above average cost apartments. I mean I was born and raised here and I lived in Austin for a while and when I came back 10 years ago I wanted to have a part in making this a better area and I'm now in a position where I can do that," said John Hixon, developer.

The 1.4 acre proposed site would be self-contained and surrounded by a fence with 18 apartment units consisting of single and multi-unit dwellings. However, nearby residents are opposed to the new development.

"I don't want it. A lot of neighbors don't want it. But I know that's not good enough. So what I'm saying is traffic is bad enough. So why add 40 or 50 more cars to be turning into my yard," said Mrs. Smith.

"There is going to be a problem with so much more traffic at the end of that road. And you are talking about 40, 50, 60 extra cars," said Linda Vaughan.

Despite their pleas, the council unanimously approved a decision by the Lake Charles Planning and Zoning Commission to let the development begin under certain restrictions.

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