Employee village could be in the works for Vinton - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Employee village could be in the works for Vinton

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

After the approval of a lease agreement to construct worker housing in Carlyss, it appears that another employee village is in the works near Vinton.

Those involved in developing the site remain tight-lipped about the details of the possible housing, but if negotiations succeed, it would be the third employee village proposed in Southwest Louisiana.

The same company planning to build Pelican Lodge on Lake Charles Port property, Greenfield Logistical Solutions, is in negotiations with the Vinton Harbor and Terminal District.

Nearby residents say they've heard of the proposed facility, which would reportedly be located off of Johnny Breaux Road and Gray Road.

Officials with the Vinton Port Board say a proposed lease agreement was provided to their attorney, Jay Delafield, who discussed the proposal at the board's meeting Monday night.

Delafield recommended against the approval of a real estate lease option with Greenfield Logistics. Delafield said there were too many unresolved issues in the agreement to approve it. 

Commissioners agreed to take the report under Delafield's advisement and to appoint a two-member committee to negotiate with Greenfield.

Calcasieu Deputy Matt Vezinot also spoke before the board. He reported on visits to other worker villages. According to Vezinot, the biggest concern so far for the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office are the size of the facility and traffic issues it could cause.

Speaking for Greenfield was Project Manager Sammy Pate. He presented their proposal and took questions from board members.

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