The City of Kenner is one step closer to achieving its vision for the future of Laketown. On Monday, January 5, the City began seeking proposals from qualified developers for the design and implementation of a multi-use complex along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) focuses on 15.64 acres of Laketown property adjacent to the Treasure Chest Casino. The RFP outlines a need for a water-based commercial, retail and recreational complex that will energize economic development in Laketown. The document offers suggestions for potential attractions in Laketown, including a high-end residential development, a boardwalk, restaurants, a hotel, boating clubs, souvenir shops, and/or kiosks. Potential developers are asked to ensure that complex designs will complement the Treasure Chest Casino and surrounding area.
The closing date to receive proposals is May 8, 2015, allowing potential developers four months to submit a formal reply. An evaluation team with representation from the regional community, including members from JEDCO and GNO, Inc., will choose the winning proposal.
The development of the Laketown property is outlined in the City of Kenner’s long-term strategic plan, Kenner 2030. City leaders recognized the potential of the lakefront property, which is owned by the State of Louisiana, and worked with the State to amend the existing lease for commercial development. The successful developer will enter into a lease with the State.
A copy of the city’s RFP can be found on JEDCO’s website at www.jedco.org/laketown.