Citizens protest proposed housing development
A group of concerned citizens, many who live in Marcantel Settlement as well as residents of DeQuincy and the surrounding area, met at DeQuincy Railroad Museum Park Pavilion Saturday, Mar. 21 to discuss their opposition to the Magnolia Pines Temporary Housing Development to be built on property located in Marcantel Settlement at 4700 block of Hwy. 27 and Marcantel Road.
A petition was passed around for signatures and concerns about the man camp proposal were discussed informally.
The petition reads as follows: "We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders and elected officials to act now to cease any and all consideration of this development, or any other of this type affecting the population of this general area."
Mac and Dusty Royer, owners of the property, are awaiting approval from Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to rezone the property from agricultural to light commercial to allow temporary workforce housing for up to 2500 men to work at Sasol's plant expansion project.
Although a petition cannot legally stop the project, opponents hope that the residents of DeQuincy and surrounding area will rally their support and get the message conveyed to everyone in the community that they want to maintain a way of life that preserves a small town atmosphere as well as a rural lifestyle.
They have many concerns which include questions about: congested traffic on a two lane highway, increased pressure on utilities including sewer, water and police protection, property values, as well as how the area will be impacted with almost doubling what is the current population of DeQuincy.
Many persons contend that the plant should locate the temporary housing on plant property to insulate homeowners and their families from unprecedented plant expansion.
Petitions can be signed at many businesses around town.
A Town Hall Meeting will be announced to be held sometime before the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury which will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 23, in the meeting room at the Calcasieu Parish Government Building, 1015 Pithon Street, Lake Charles.