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Oct 15, 2011 10:19 AM by Chris Welty

Hotel Pushed at Civic Center Site

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A local development official says a
hotel at the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds would attract events
and boost the economy of Lake Charles.
The possibility of building a hotel there is under study. Lori
Marinovich, executive director or the Downtown development
Authority, told the American Press (http://bit.ly/qjfACs) a hotel
would be a welcome addition to the lakefront district.
PKFConsultingUSA, a company hired by the city to conduct a hotel
feasibility study, presented its findings to the City Council this
past week. The study recommends an $18 million, 150-room "select
service" hotel with 6,500 square feet of meeting space, including
a 6,000-square-foot ballroom and a 500-square-foot boardroom.
Marinovich said the hotel size is "a good scale to start
with," and could enhance activity in the downtown area.
PKF Vice President Randy McCaslin told city officials the
absence of a hotel in the downtown area is "an obvious missing
piece" which could be used by people hosting events at the Civic
Center or business groups that may not normally consider staying in
the area.
The City Council, in response to the study, sent
request-for-proposals letters to three companies that have
expressed interest in building a hotel: InterMountain Management
LLC of Monroe, La., HRI Properties of New Orleans and De-Vere
Swepco of Gonzales, La.
The recommended hotel brands, according to the study, include
Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and the Hyatt.
The economic impact, McCaslin said, would be about $30 million
in construction and nearly $20 million from operations. An
estimated 180 construction jobs and 70 permanent jobs would be
created.

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