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Mardi Gras Boardwalk moving forward

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

On the table is a multi-million dollar proposal to make old Harrah's property a destination for entertainment, retail and dining. Even though the property still remains vacant, Lake Charles City Councilman Stuart Weatherford said there is a lot going on behind the scenes to make Mardi Gras Boardwalk a reality.

"Mardi Gras Boardwalk is currently looking for businesses to either buy or lease space on the property. They are just out there doing their marketing right now and all of their due diligence and we should have a signed document in the next couple of weeks," explained Weatherford.

Mardi Gras Boardwalk company officials will be in Lake Charles on Thursday. Weatherford said their main objective this visit is to meet with L'auberge.

"They just want to have a meeting and kind of update them on what they are doing and see how they can have any synergies and work together to make the development a success. They also plan to meet with the Contraband Days Festival. One of the things they are doing is they have a festival park and they are going to do themed events and they want to be able to work with local festivals already here to make those bigger and better as well," said Weatherford.

Once the deal is signed, Mardi Gras Boardwalk will have a timeline to produce a master plan with at least a year and a half before construction actually begins. Weatherford believes that with the expected influx of industry and workers headed to Southwest Louisiana, it's the ideal time for Mardi Gras Boardwalk.

"It's going to be, in my opinion, a tremendous shot in the arm for all businesses who are starting today to have all these workers in town with money to spend. I think it's also going to help people be more successful than if they were trying to do this business in a stagnant or shrinking economy," said Weatherford.

Even though the City of Lake Charles intends to sell the property to Mardi Gras Boardwalk - the city will still have a say on what actually goes there and the expected timeline the company will have to meet. 

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