Old Sears retail site now out for bid for new development - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Old Sears retail site now out for bid for new development

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Renewed interest in the old Sears retail site prompted the City of Lake Charles to put the downtown property out for bid.

According to Mayor Randy Roach, the city has received two letters of interest from two different developers about developing the two-acre block.

There has been interest in the past and a failed proposal of a downtown hotel.

Roach credits the new prospects to the investment made in the Ryan Streetscape project.

"It's an ideal time to start developing that property. I think it will fit very well with the new style of Ryan Street - the pedestrian feel that we have established," Roach said.

The old Sears building sat vacant in downtown Lake Charles for years before the city purchased it for $800,000 in 2004. Since then, it has been cleared and waiting for a developer.

The parties currently expressing interest have not been named nor have their proposed plans.

Roach said the city would like to see a mixed-use development combining commercial and residential space but are open to all offers.

"We're looking for something that fits with the overall theme of development for downtown. And I think that these developers are interested in but to say what they will actually do is premature until they actually make their presentation," Roach said.

The deadline to submit bids is Oct. 8. Once the bids come in, the city will have an appraiser validate the offer to see if it's acceptable range of value under state law.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • TDL Week 4: High school football scores

    TDL Week 4: High school football scores

    Friday, September 22 2017 8:20 PM EDT2017-09-23 00:20:45 GMT

    The Iowa Yellow Jackets just keep landing in big matchups. Because of that, Iowa is once again in our Game of the Week. The Yellow Jackets host the Jennings Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Both teams are undefeated, Jennings (2-0) coming off a 26-6 win over DeRidder and Iowa (3-0) coming off a 42-14 win over Sam Houston. It will be the first District 4-3A matchup for both teams. We'll have a live scoreboard during the game. Mobile users, click HERE to view the scoreboard. Here's the list of ...

    More >>

    The Iowa Yellow Jackets just keep landing in big matchups. Because of that, Iowa is once again in our Game of the Week. The Yellow Jackets host the Jennings Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Both teams are undefeated, Jennings (2-0) coming off a 26-6 win over DeRidder and Iowa (3-0) coming off a 42-14 win over Sam Houston. It will be the first District 4-3A matchup for both teams. We'll have a live scoreboard during the game. Mobile users, click HERE to view the scoreboard. Here's the list of ...

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Teen girl key witness in Stacy Johnson Jr. trial

    UPDATE: Teen girl key witness in Stacy Johnson Jr. trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 8:03 PM EDT2017-09-23 00:03:24 GMT
    Stacy Johnson Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Stacy Johnson Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    Robert Colston Sr. died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to testimony today from the Calcasieu Parish coroner. Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke was on the witness stand late Thursday afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Stacy Johnson Jr., who is accused of killing Colston.

    More >>

    Robert Colston Sr. died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to testimony today from the Calcasieu Parish coroner. Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke was on the witness stand late Thursday afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Stacy Johnson Jr., who is accused of killing Colston.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fall is officially here, but it will feel like summer this weekend!

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fall is officially here, but it will feel like summer this weekend!

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:50 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:50:10 GMT
    High pressure still in control of our weatherHigh pressure still in control of our weather

    Fall officially began at 3:02 p.m. Friday, but Mother Nature did not get that memo!  It will continue to feel like summer through this weekend into most of next week.  The long-range forecast does show a possible cold front, but that is nearly a week away and subject to change.  Temperatures will be warm and muggy overnight with lows by Saturday morning ranging from the upper 60s north of I-10 to the upper 70s at the coast.  

    More >>

    Fall officially began at 3:02 p.m. Friday, but Mother Nature did not get that memo!  It will continue to feel like summer through this weekend into most of next week.  The long-range forecast does show a possible cold front, but that is nearly a week away and subject to change.  Temperatures will be warm and muggy overnight with lows by Saturday morning ranging from the upper 60s north of I-10 to the upper 70s at the coast.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly