New guidelines coming to Lake Charles' Historic Districts

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The City of Lake Charles is looking to preserve its history. Wednesday night the city discussed the new guidelines being submitted for Lake Charles' three historic districts.

Residents of the Charpentier, Downtown and Margaret Place districts weighed in on what has been put on paper thus far. Residents said they want to know what building materials are approved for the districts and who to contact to get clarification on any other questions they may have.

The Louisiana Division of the Historic Preservation hired Austin, Texas-based historic preservation consulting firm Hardy, Heck, Moore, Inc. to help make the guidelines for districts in Lake Charles, Leesville, and Crowley.

The public has been reviewing the documents online and now have several opportunities to make suggestions for changes or ask more questions.

"So the public will be charged with reviewing these guidelines and making recommendations back to our consultant. The ultimate goal is to get these adopted as part of our historic preservation ordinances," said Lori Marinovich, LC Downtown Development Director.

"No question is too small. People want to do the right things. A lot of times there are issues whether it be with a porch or a window and so it's important people ask these kinds of questions no matter how small or knit-picky they think it is because it can help inform the document and to get correct kind of dialogue going so that there is no confusion in the historic review process," said Tara Dudley, Hardy, Heck & Moore, Inc.

Dudley said the deadline to submit the guidelines to the state is April 30th. It will then go before the Lake Charles City Council for adoption and implementation. To read the document click here. 

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