Construction has begun on a luxury RV resort on Louisiana Highway 70 near the Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville, La.
Government officials are looking to the resort to bring in some tourism dollars to the area, The Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate reports.
Charles L. Thibaut, general manager of Lemann &Thibaut Inc. in Donaldsonville, said the new complex will be the most upscale RV resort in Louisiana and compatible with locations as far away as Houston and Destin, Fla.
“I was driving on the interstate one day and saw these signs for RV parks. We have this land available that was not suitable for sugar cane, about a 350-acre tract, and we figured there were no upscale RV parks anywhere along Interstate 10,” Thibaut said.
The facility, operating under the name “Crescent Luxury RV Resort,” will contain 70 paved, landscaped RV sites and spaces around a nine-acre lake that will be used for fishing and boating, Thibaut said. The sites will include hookups for water, sewer, electricity, telephone, Internet and cable television.
The resort will also feature a bar and restaurant, a full-service, 300-seat banquet facility and a convenience store offering a full range of food, drinks and RV supplies. Other amenities for campers will include a swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, pool tables and a game room, plus laundry and bathhouse facilities.
The resort should be open in about six months, he said.
“We’re very excited about this project,” Assumption Parish Police Jury President Martin Triche said. “We believe that the resort, in conjunction with the nearby racetrack, will be a big boon for economic development. This will mean bringing in outsiders into Assumption and outsider money.”
Most of the 85-acre resort will be in Assumption Parish. About 20% of the project will be in Ascension Parish.
The RV resort will be built near the No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, a drag strip and road-racing course that attracts visitors almost every weekend, Thibaut said.
Ascension Parish President Harold Marchand said the project is a “blessing in disguise. This is a very good thing for the parish. It will bring some local jobs, and we’re looking at tourism dollars,” he said.
Although the majority of the project is in Assumption, Ascension Parish Director of Economic Development Martha Collins said racing fans who use the RV resort would still spend money in nearby Donaldsonville eating at restaurants.
Thibaut estimated that the economic impact of the resort could be worth as much as $7.5 million to the surrounding communities.
The construction cost is $2.5 million, Thibaut said.
“We see this as an excellent opportunity to diversify our primary land-leasing activities for sugar-cane farming and join an ever increasing tourist and leisure market in south Louisiana,” Thibaut said.
Calvin Ishmael, the Donaldsonville-based general contractor on the project, said construction will likely provide 50 temporary jobs for local workers and the resort will need about 10 permanent employees and 10 temporary employees during peak seasons and events.