LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Time could be running out for the Cypress Group. According to the Lake Charles City Council members the development group missed an important deadline. Council members said The Cypress Group is in default, after failing to meet the November, 4 deadline to submit a pre-application to H.U.D. for funding. Wednesday evening the council voted to introduce an ordinance at the December, 13 meeting, giving Mayor Roach the ability to terminate the agreement with Cypress Group, should they fail to submit the application.
"If they can get their funding, and if they have got their things in a row, then they'll get their funding. We're not out to stop them. We just want them to tell us what's going on. and not mislead it," said Council member, Dana Jackson.
Another obstacle that could get in the way of Cypress Group's proposal for downtown development is a lawsuit recently filed by Project Build a Future, and Habitat for Humanity. The two non-profit organizations have filed a law suit against five different companies, one being the Cypress Group.
Project Build a Future, and Habitat for Humanity claim that the Katrina Cottages in Lake Charles, that were designed, engineered, and constructed by the five defendants, had defects in the flooring. Habitat for Humanity and Project Build a Future want to recover any monetary damages.
"If there was faulty construction that they over saw, I just want to make sure that doesn't occur, should they are able to proceed on the lake front. We want to make sure they are diligent, and make sure that construction is done properly," said Council Member Stuart Weatherford.