Transfer from Mallard Cove golf course to Chennault completed – American Press
Lake Charles City Council members voted unanimously on Wednesday to complete the transfer of the Mallard Cove golf course to Chennault International Airport.
With this step, Chennault can now use the more than 100 acres of land once occupied by golf for economic development opportunities. Chennault officials have spoken in recent years of efforts to strengthen the airport’s cargo handling capabilities.
City administrator John Cardone said the transfer from Mallard Cove to Chennault was a huge plus for the airport.
“We want to see (Chennault) expand,” he said. “We support economic diversity, (and) it’s another part of the development not only of Lake Charles, but of southwest Louisiana.”
Several years ago, Chennault approached the city to develop ownership of the Mallard Cove golf course, which the city owned. In exchange for the city ceding Mallard Cove to Chennault, Chennault agreed to build another golf course in the city of equal or better quality.
The agreement calls for Chennault to pay $ 6.6 million to finance the design and construction of the new course. Chennault will also pay the city $ 15,000 per month for 20 years, or $ 3.6 million, to cover the costs of utility extensions and construction of the clubhouse.
Council members also authorized Mayor Nic Hunter to modify the existing cooperation agreement with Chennault in order to transfer the city’s insurance proceeds to Chennault. Cardone said this allows Chennault to repair the interior of the existing Mallard Cove clubhouse, which was damaged by Hurricane Laura last year. The city used part of the insurance proceeds for mitigation work, installing a new roof, and repairing the exterior of the pavilion, but did not perform any interior repairs.
“We thought it didn’t matter to us,” he said. “We want to let Chennault renovate it the way they thought it would be best for them. This allows us to give them those excess insurance products and let them do the work at the clubhouse. “
Meanwhile, Cardone said the new municipal golf course off East McNeese Street at MorganField is “100% complete” and could have a smooth opening by the first or second week of October, a Cardone said. The Mallard Golf Club project, located on 160 acres of land donated by MorganField Development, was inaugurated in 2018.
“We are delighted with this and what it brings to the community,” he said.
Last month, the city received offers for the clubhouse for the new golf course, but they went over budget and were rejected, Cardone said. He said this was likely due to the high cost of materials, as well as a shortage of labor and contractors.
The city will advertise the clubhouse offerings again later this year or early next year, Cardone said.
City Council voted in March for Sterling Golf Inc. to operate the new Mallard Golf Club at MorganField, Sterling Golf operates various golf courses in Texas.