Today, the City of Lake Charles in conjunction with HRI Communities, LLC (“HRIC”) announced there are plans in the works for new development. Coming soon to the Downtown Lake Charles area is Woodring Apartments, a mixed-income, multi-family community. This new multi-family community will also have plenty of green space for the kids and will also protect the existing old oak trees already on the site. For more info about Woodring Apartments please visit

Mayor Nic Hunter, Tom Leonhard HRI Properties President and CEO, and Councilman Ronnie Harvey, Jr. made the announcement at the site where the new housing will be constructed. The property is located in the heart of Downtown and is bordered by Bilbo, Mill, Hodges, and Division Streets. The new Lake Charles community will be constructed in two phases, the first of which being awarded 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits by the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Construction will get underway sometime this winter. Mayor Hunter spoke on the new development today saying,

“Downtown Lake Charles plays a unique role in the economic and cultural fabric of our community, offering us a more diverse and inviting City. People like walkability, so residential options are critical for growth and sustainability in any downtown district.” The Mayor said, “Downtown Lake Charles has seen a resurgence in recent years. The addition of Woodring Apartments will compliment other recent residential developments and add to what is becoming an incredible area for commercial, cultural, and civic activity.

This project will bring additional attainable housing options to the heart of Lake Charles, and we will be thrilled to welcome residents to Woodring Apartments.” Mayor Hunter continued, “Suffering through the consecutive landfalls of major Hurricanes Laura and Delta, thousands of Lake Charles residents remain displaced from their homes due to devastating damage across the area,” said Leonhard. “HRIC recognizes that there is an immediate need for high-quality, resilient, and affordable housing options in Lake Charles and we plan to expeditiously break ground on this tremendous new development later this year.”


Woodring Apartments Phase One:

A total of 70 apartments/townhouses will include a 58-unit multifamily building and a 12-unit townhouse building. Of these mixed units, 49 will be affordable workforce housing and 21 units at market-rate prices.

Woodring Apartments Phase One Amenities:

A community center, grilling and picnic area, off-street parking, fitness center,  community garden, and pocket park on the corner of Division and Hodges Streets.

This new multi-family community will also have plenty of green space for the kids and to protect the existing oak trees. For more info about Woodring Apartments please visit


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