LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's been four years in the making, but residents in the Downtown Lake Charles area are going to see some movement. Construction is set to begin immediately on the Erdace Apartment Complex.
There's been some uncertainty about the start date for the largest housing project in the Downtown Area.
Erdace is a 270-unit luxury complex set to be finished March 20, 2019.
Property owner Roger Landry announced he closed on the loan yesterday in New Orleans and the contracting company, Unicorp, is now on the clock.
"They'll see movement here next week," said Landry. "I mean, there's going to be a lot of activity, obviously. Fifteen months, thirty-one million construction contract, so there will be a lot of materials, a lot of personnel here. At the height of construction, it would be between five hundred to seven hundred people on site for a six-month period, so it's going to be a little congested, it's going to be loud, it's going to be a lot of moving parts all going at one time."
Landry also owns Muller's Lofts, which will be used as the construction office.
Unicorp is putting up fences and beginning concrete work and demolition this week.
"The parking deck will be the first big structure that you see after six weeks," said Landry. "It's a six-story structure that will start to be installed and it will be quite impressive. We're going to have to bring in thirty yards of fill."
Westbound lanes of Division Street will be blocked off when the heavy machinery gets here.
Landry is excited to finally get moving on the building, which he thinks will bring a lot to the downtown area.
"Between Muller's and this, we have five hundred residents," said Landry. "They need to eat, they want to work, they want to play. I'm hoping that this is just the first of many."
The official groundbreaking will be Jan. 4. People will be able to submit rental applications Jan. 1, 2019, and Landry hopes to get people moved in by April 1, 2019.