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Port of Lake Charles moving forward with housing facility plans

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Port of Lake Charles is one step closer to building a living facility to house 4,000 construction workers for various area projects.

The Port of Lake Charles board met Wednesday where members approved terms and conditions of a lease option agreement and authorized a real estate lease agreement with Greenfield Logistical Solutions of Louisiana LLC for the endeavor.

The property designated for the housing project is located off Swift Plant Road near the Lake Charles Industrial Park East.

With numerous construction projects expected in Lake Charles over the next few years, housing for workers is needed.

"We think this is a very valuable project for the community and especially the fact that it will take care of 4,000 of the expected 12,000 to 15,000 workers

Port of Lake Charles Executive Director Bill Rase told KPLC the facility will be dormitory-style housing in pod-like buildings.

Plans for the housing complex include an on-site laundry facility, a cafeteria and common area, on site nurses, 24-hour controlled security and transportation to and from the facility for the construction workers. There has been discussion about double-decker buses to transport workers.

The property is near 365 acres. The housing complex is expected to take up about 200 acres.

The housing project will be at no cost to the port, according to Rase, just a leasing agreement with Greenfield Logistical Solutions.

"The port will receive $360,000 in lease payments a year for the property," Rase said. Rase said the port will also receive one dollar a day for each person staying on the property. "If we sell 4,000 rooms we get a dollar each day for each person."

The company is putting up about $70 million to build the housing facility, Rase said.

Rase said construction on the housing facility should begin this fall and expects the project to be complete by June of 2014.

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