Port Allen: Proposed apartments on Court St. fail to proceed

PORT ALLEN — A proposed 68-unit apartment complex near Court Street won’t proceed following Wednesday night’s City of Port Allen council meeting.

The proposed complex would’ve been at the corner of Allendale Drive and Court Street.

According to one developer at the meeting Wednesday, the apartments would’ve been one, two, and three-bedroom units. The complex would’ve had amenities such as an indoor gym facility and a gated pool. It would have also had backup water and power sources.

No council member motioned to approve the proposal, so it did not go forward.

“The council didn’t want it,” said Councilman Brandon Brown. “The people who stay by it, didn’t want it.”

The proposal failed to pass through the Planning and Zoning Commission because the group could not hold a quorum at its last meeting, so it went straight to the council without a recommendation.

Renald Boulanger, one of the current property owners of the land, said he initially didn’t think apartments would work in the area, but he eventually figured it could be a good idea.

“When my son told me that somebody was looking to buy some property from us, and he told me it was an apartment complex, I told him right away it’s probably not going to work,” he said. “We listened to them, and they showed us the drawing. We saw some views of properties they did in the past, and it changed my mind. What they are doing, it’s a first-class deal. I think Port Alen could use that.”

A couple of residents expressed concern that the new complex would bring additional traffic issues to the area, coupled with the continued development of the Westview Subdivision in Port Allen, which is expected to have around 500 houses at completion.

“I don’t know how anybody in this parish can say that our vehicle and highway system is great,” Councilman Gary Hubble said. “We’re looking at 1,300+ additional vehicles on a two-lane highway. That has always been my concern. I don’t see how we can handle it.”

Brown said the proposal is dead for now unless there is a plan for another piece of land in another portion of the city.

“It’s just very unfortunate it didn’t work out,” he said. “We’ve got to push forward. There are still some areas we could grow in Port Allen, and that is one of them.”

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