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Nov 5, 2012 3:36 AM by AP/CS

LC to choose developer for 3.7 acre vacant lot

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lake Charles officials are close to choosing a company to buy and develop 3.7 acres where a shopping center once stood.

The American Press reports that the city plans to choose one of three offers this week.

The city bought the land for $766,000 in 2006 and demolished the buildings.

Baton Rouge businessman Donnie Jarreau and developer Roger Landry of Lake Charles both propose residential and commercial developments. Jarreau is offering $957,500 for the land, Landry $628,000.

Geddings Development Corp. of Lake Charles has offered $425,000. Businessman Gray Stream says he's thinking about up to 160 two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Mayor Randy Roach says the winner will get an option to buy the property, with any deal to be closed after the developer gets financing.

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