Fenton has potential for major growth

In an interview with the Jennings Daily News published Thursday, Fenton Mayor Eddie Alfred Jr. spoke about plans to strengthen economic development in the village.

Fenton officials are actually hoping to become a town in just two short years by 2015. On top of this, the village is in the process of buying three acres of land off of U.S. 165 that would be used for a future strip mall. Officials are also working on plans to build a community center, Veteran’s Park and Fenton History Museum.

Fenton might be small in size but when you consider its location, it has the potential for major growth and development. U.S. 165 is not only a major roadway that sees steady traffic each day; it’s also the preferred route hundreds drive each day to access Kinder, specifically, the Coushatta Casino Resort.

Many travelers, even locals, head to the casino for overnight stays or small getaways. It is likely that they would stop at a diner or restaurant in Fenton; go into local shops to spend travel money; and even ask local business owners and residents where else they should visit in Jeff Davis Parish or the immediate area.

On top of this, the entire area has come a long way in the past decade. Think of all the businesses, land development, events and residents who can now be found in Welsh, Lake Arthur, Lacassine and Jennings. Officials always say that the lake is a major draw for Lake Arthur while Interstate 10 serves as a lifeline for Lacassine, Welsh and Jennings.

From location alone, though, Fenton has the same potential. On top of this, it is a quiet community filled with great people and a wonderful elementary school.

So why shouldn’t more attention be put on the village?

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Posted by on Mar 9 2013. Filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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